"Tin Man Syndrome"

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   Posted 3/6/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I woke up at 5 am in excuciating pain, maybe the most awful pain I have ever been in in my life a 11 out of a 10!
I felt like a "tin man" not able to move everything was stuck. has this ever happened to you?

It is so awful. I need to get warmed up by a hot shower, but need to wait for my parents to take the kids. maybe I should get the heating blanket out. Its pretty cold in here, as the heat wasnt working right,

It turns out that moving a round helped get unstuck. I had asked hubby to get my meds out of the safe he couldnt do it, so I had to get up and open it myelf. that was frustrating.
time for a lesson on how to open the safe! I am a little bummed out because i had to use one of my 3 alloted oxycodone. that means somewhere else i will have to suffer, 4 oxycodone a day would work out better as I get about 3-4 hours of semi-relief from one tablet.

I am sorry i have been soo needy here lately. I know others need attention too, but man oh man, I can barely move.

thanks melissa
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   Posted 3/6/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
That sounds awful.  I am sorry!  I hope you get some relief real soon.  I am so glad you have your parents close.  Please take care!!!  Let check in and let us know how you are, please.
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   Posted 3/6/2010 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Your only allotted so many of your pain medications??? huh? Sorry if this question sounds mean or nosey, I'm just trying to understand your situation.

Huggssss for a better and lower pain time.

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   Posted 3/6/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melissa, yes I understand the Tin Man thing, lol. It's rough when you wake up like that. Usually, this only happens if I get cold , but a hot shower generally helps a bunch. I am not understanding what you are saying about the medication. Would you mind being a little more specific on that. I don't know if you are allowed 4 a day or what???

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   Posted 3/6/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,
back from my accupuncture and feel a bit better. I am allowed up to 3 oxycodone a day for breakthru pain. I also wear a fentanyl patch.

So I took one oxycodone at 5 am so to get me thru the day I can only take 2 more. one around now and one in the evening.

leaves a lot of gaps!!

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   Posted 3/6/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
If your script said 1 tablet every 8 hours as needed that would be a 3 a day allotment.
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   Posted 3/6/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
merrygirl ,firstly please don't apologize about being needy because nobody thinks that about you , you've given support freely and generously to all .Its our pleeasure to return that support to you .I'm very sorry to hear your having a tough time with your pain though , perhaps you need an adjustment in your pain meds .I'm glad you logged in later to let us know you felt better ,plese don't ever hesitate we are here to support each other . Anytime at all my friend , I have found friends here at all times of the day and nite .Ihope you continue to feel better and your in my prayers .
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   Posted 3/6/2010 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
My oxycodone for bt pain is also prescribed up to 3 daily prn. I'm the same way, we get up around 4:45am every morning and if I take my first dose too early it may leave me kinda screwed later in the day if I do too much and need it. I usually try to get moving some & take a couple of tylenol to see if I can get feeling better without it.
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   Posted 3/6/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG!!!  I felt like I had written this myself today.  I haven't been on here much lately...but I was coming back today because I cannot take it anymore.... I won't hijack your post but I will say that I understand.  I am soooo sorry that you are in so much pain...I wish I could help you.

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   Posted 3/6/2010 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks so much each of you. mikel thank you, i felt bad about posting so much, but you reminded me that this is what friends are for and what this place is for. thank you.

my rc for oxycodone says take 1 tablet every 4 hours as needed for pain max 3 tablets a day.

I am so sorry you feel so bad. I just read your post. your situation totally stinks.
hang in there, we can be miserable together~
I feel worse now.

I tried laying in bed for an hour and I was all locked up again. all rigid an tight, severe pain.

its awful. muscle relaxers are not helping either. I have one oxycodone pill I can take. will take it soon.

thanks for the support and your shoulder,
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   Posted 3/6/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel for you iam that way every day when i wake up its awful.I take my meds as normal but still can't go i go for mri of the lower lumbar Monday and get my leg x rayed there is a big lumb on the right side of my shine bone iam trying to get things taken care of cause i go on medicare 1st of May .Take care Deb

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   Posted 3/6/2010 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry about the PT pain. I know exactly how you feel. Some mornings you just get so stiff. Maybe it is time to talk to your PM doctor about an extra dose of BT pain meds per day. It sounds like you are living just at the fringe of pain control all of the time. No one should be under such a tight count that an extra early event here or there is no covered.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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   Posted 3/6/2010 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm hurting too much to write much but I wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you have a better night tonight!

many hugs,

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   Posted 3/7/2010 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so very sorry you are going through this! I woke up at 3 this morning feeling quite stiff, but able to go back to sleep and then by 5 this am, I woke back up and I couldn't move! It almost scared me to pieces! So, you go ahead and complain, gripe, cry, scream, throw a fit and get angry! Whatever you need to feel, you have every right to feel. I personally have posted a comment about how I didn't think I could stand any more! Almost every single person came back with such encouragement that really, it made me feel validated. YOU should feel your feelings and I believe most every one of us will wrap our virtual arms around you and hug you softly! Let it out girl, let it out. Oh and as far as your meds go, I take Roxicodone (Oxcodone is the generic) 4 x daily and I don't get a long term med to offset it. I asked but was told no by my dr. I'm going to continue to argue with them about this, but no one should hurt this way when an additional pill or two which is in theraputic levels, can help! Take care and let us know if you get some relief! For that matter let us know if you don't!
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   Posted 3/7/2010 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   

I am not better today. I am really frustrated. the only thing I can t hink of it 1. I skipped physical therapy and 2. stopped cymbalta.

I have missed cymbalta doses plenty of times and this didnt happen.
I cant live like this.
on a good note hubby went to pharmacy and grocery shopping.
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