First, welcome to the board.... sorry you have to join in and that you dealing w/ pain issues; BUT it's a great forum and a very supportive group of people. Hope to get to know you better....
I gotta say - despite everything you are going through - you seem to have a great sense of humor!! I'm sorry that you got the swine flu...especially right here at the beginning of school. It's frustrating to have a non-existent immune system...I can sure relate to that one.
Anyway, I'm hoping you avoid losing any more weight...that the antivirals kick in quickly....and that you take care of yourself and feel better quickly. Keep us updated on how you are doing, ok?
Just read through your original post when you introduced yourself. Sorry that I missed that originally. Anyway...just my opinion...but it really seems like you would do well with a long lasting medication. You could still use the Vicodin for breakthrough pain; but maybe if your doctor added in a LA med (like morphine or oxy) at a low dose -- you would be able to see if that makes a difference in your pain levels.
After dealing with many health issues for a long while now...the biggest thing I've learned, and wish I would have learned sooner, is that you have to be your own advocate...and sometimes that means pushing back when told "no" or whatever.
Feel better, Chris!
Pain Issues: Neck/back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands, arms, feet; I also have POTS/dysautonomia; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Addison's Disease; Central Sleep Apnea; etc etc
Meds: MS Contin (480mg daily); Dilaudid (8mg/3x day); Actiq (1200 mcgs/1x per day); Soma (3x day); Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan; Effexor and on the list goes...
Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation
Post Edited (Momto6boys) : 9/20/2009 7:45:39 AM (GMT-6)