have a hard time deciding whether to stay off pain meds or go back on them

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   Posted 3/17/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been off Pain meds  for almost a year now . Its not because I dont need them for my back problems  . I suffer from pain every day . I had to go off pain meds   because couldnt afford them anymore and I didnt have no insurance til about a month ago. I know I will need them after my gallbladder surgery for a little while. I just having a hard time deciding with being off narcotics  for almost a year on a daily basis . Should I go back on them again on a daily basis again.Through this year  I have developed an attitude pain lets you know your live right? I have been in chronic pain for 16 years now. so it isnt it just something I have to live with . aint just a part of my daily life. Im not saying there is not days that  I dont cry in pain.  Anyone have any suggestions? I hope everyone has a lpd. Wish me luck tommorrow is when I see the surgeon about my gb. Hugs all.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.

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   Posted 3/17/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kimber!

That's a tough personal decision. How did you feel when you were on the pain meds? Did others around you give you any problems about them? Did you feel negative about any aspects of taking them? If so did those feelings outweigh the desire for pain relief? Is your head more clear now or were you just as alert when you were on a pain medicine regime? Did the medicines improve the quality of your life? I think that last one is the most important question, at least for me it is.

Obviously this is a decision you have to make for yourself but those are the things I would consider when making that choice. I've wrestled with the same decision many times and I've cut back on mine. But I still consider going off of the meds. Maybe one day I will take the plunge but it would take a couple of months, at least, to accomplish it.

Good luck,
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   Posted 3/17/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My guess is you have a mix of pains right now - some from chronic conditions, plus the more acute (and more easily resolved) pain from the gall bladder - which is severe pain (I know!). Since you're so close to likely having surgery, once the gall bladder is gone, your pain can be reassessed to see what you're still living with, and then you may make decisions with a good pain management doc and like Chutz said, assess the quality of your life.

In the meantime, though, you shouldn't have to suffer, but I'd suggest asking your surgeon tomorrow about something to help you with pain on a more short term basis until the surgery is past. That might be a non-narcotic or a short acting narcotic, rather than considering an extended release med. at this point. Plus he/she could suggest things that won't aggravate your GI issues.

Just some of my thoughts.

Good luck tomorrow!


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   Posted 3/17/2010 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it is what you feel you can live with. I would look at the big picture long and hard before jumping on the band wagon. I took Tylenol & Ibuprophen when my gallbladder was taken out and did ok. The pain meds the surgeon gave me made me sick at my stomach. I can honestly say I had little pain after surgery. The pain before surgery was much worse than any post-op pain.

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 3/18/2010 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Kimber, hope all goes well at your doctors appt. today! Your gallbladder has been giving you grief for some time now so I'd wait until after your surgery to reassess your pain levels. I too would ask the doctor for something for acute pain today if the surgery can't be scheduled soon. I too would like to get off of the pain meds but like this morning, I wake up hurting all over because my extended release med is wearing off that I took before bed, I take it and already I am seeing improvement in my pain levels. So going off the meds at this time isn't an option for my quality of life. I'm having rf injections done April 12th so hopefully then I can work at cutting them back.

I do know that without the meds I'd be spending alot more time either lying in bed or in the recliner because that is the only thing that will alleviate my pain. I don't feel that the meds are affecting my functioning to the point where I can't function. You have to find that happy medium where your pain levels are lowered but not to the point where you can't do anything but sleep.
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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   Posted 3/18/2010 6:09 AM (GMT -6)   

I feel pretty much like Jag, I would love to be off these pain meds and the baclofen for the muscle spasms, but But I just don't see how I could manage, I would be in the recliner or my adjustable bed 24/7 as that is the only way I get relief from the pain, and even sometimes then, that doesn't cut it! So I have adopted the attitude that these pain meds are just like BP meds or high cholesterol meds, or any of the other meds that you have to continually have to take to keep the treated condition undercontrol! In reality it real is the same thing! You take a med daily or more often to control you high BP or Cholesterol, and you take meds to control your pain, if you don't take them, then your BP or Cholesterol will go right back up to unacceptable limits, and if you don't take your pain meds, then your pain goes right back up there to unacceptable limits! The only difference is that you don't feel the High BP or Cholesterol, but they can kill you! But with the Pain, you feel it right away, but it probably won't kill you but just make you wish you were dead. I take that back, because for some people it just might kill them! Anyway that attitude and way of thinking works for me! I just look at taking pain meds, like taking any other type of med to control an undesirable condition!

White Beard

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   Posted 3/18/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your gallbladder surgery. I hope it goes well for you.
I can understand your decision to cut out dr meds. After 30 years of being drugged I finally said "NO MORE". I couldn't tolerate
the dry mouth, hair loss and other complications. It got so I could take 3 darvacet and 3 flexoril and it wouldn't touch the pain.
I would go to work almost in a coma and barely functional, let alone the 20 mile drive in. I finally went all herbal and only take
about 2-3 darvacet a month at most so the bottle is lasting me a looooong time. I got so where I only went to the drs twice last
year and so far haven't been this year. I'm even doing ok without the cardiologist (can't afford it anyway). Make your decision
on what you feel you need, advice is good but you will find your body will tell you what it needs.

White Beard,
Try True Calm by NOW brand herbals for the muscle spasms....I kicked the flexoril!!!

Nana Monster
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