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   Posted 9/12/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I've been having a tough time with pain...taking more breakthrough medication--which is fine as per my prescription, but I get a certain number of pills per month and I want to stick to it because I have never called to make an early appt., or called for an early refill or anything.

I don't have an appt. with my doctor for another month. I was thinking of making an earlier appt., but I'll just tough it out. Oh, man. Well, I have been doing a lot more lately which is out of my control and it's really hard because I again feel like my pain is not under control. Please say a prayer for me or something.

It's hard to be in pain all of the time. I wish that I were better.



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   Posted 9/12/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
awww, Flower...I wish you felt better too! I'm sorry you're in so much extra pain...I wish you wouldn't try to "tough it out" though. It wouldn't hurt to call your doctor and tell him/her that you're having a lot more break through pain than usual, and you're wondering how you should best handle it.

I'll keep you in my prayers. In the meantime, don't forget to try using heat and gentle exercise to help you feel better.

{{{{{ Flower }}}}}

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   Posted 9/12/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to tell you how bad I feel for you, and that I understand your dilemma.  I have been in serious pain for a year now, and my PM doctor just keeps increasing the oxycontin.  I'm up to 180 mg per day, which is a HUGE dose.  I want to cut it in half, because it doesn't seem to help  I'm afraid of addiction, but in earlier posts, nice people here told me the difference between addiction and dependence.  If you are in pain, you shouldn' feel guilty or ashamed to ask your PM doctor to increase the dosage.  You are not an addict or a bad person -- you are an unfortunate soul who is in pain and in need of relief.  Please just keep telling yourself that.  You deserve to be pain free, we all do.  When I read what some people here are going through, I just don't know how they do it.  They must be very spiritual, or have a great number of friends to help them.
It's tough.  I will and am sending you a prayer.  I hope you will feel better and that I will feel better too.
I care.

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   Posted 9/13/2010 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I hear you Flower and your right it is tough . Don't be afraid to voice that you may need an increase in your pain meds , this does happen sometimes . Your a strong , beautiful person , and I will pray for you . I'm thinking of you and hoping you get some relief very soon . Soft Hugs Mikel
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   Posted 9/13/2010 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Flower any time there is an increase in pain that is not subsiding you should always get in to see your dr if it is at all possible. I don't think I would wait another month, toughing it out is not going to solve your problem. Many times the tough it out attitude can get us in a lot of trouble. I know this first hand from always trying to tough it out. My current PM dr is still teaching me this is not the thing to do. So please reconsider this.

Take care.


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   Posted 9/13/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much! Yes, another tough day today. I am going to see how the next few days go and then call.



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   Posted 9/13/2010 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
((((((((((((Flower)))))))))))))))). Please don't hesitate to call your doctor is you need to. We all hate being "that person in the office that everyone knows/ that person with all the problems." I know I am "one of those patients" in several of my doctor's offices and it does irk me, but really, you've got to do what's best for you. If calling to get in to see the doctor earlier may help you through this tough time, then by all means, call. Don't keep putting it off & waiting until things get really really bad before you call (like I tend to do). That will just make it harder for both you and your doc to control your pain.

Hope you are feeling better tonight & get a good night's rest!


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   Posted 9/13/2010 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Susie and Skeye, ring your Dr, toughing it out can sometimes mean taking longer to get that pain back under control. The amount of times I've tried to tough it out and I regret it now. These days I ring after 2 days of no improvement or getting worse and get permission to up my meds, it becomes a simple phone call instead of a hospital stay, which has happened to me twice!
So pick up that phone and ask for help, best wishes, please look after yourself, golitho

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   Posted 9/13/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry that you are having some tough days. I can feel your pain, that is for sure and I do understand. I too, struggle every day with continous pain that is 10/10 and no pain med helps me. I do worry what is ahead of me. I wish I could help you, but please know that I care and I pray you will have some better moments very soon.

Take care

One day at a time!!

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   Posted 9/14/2010 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   


I would call your Dr. BEFORE you can not control your pain. I just went through a similar situation and believe me it was not easy. He needs to know that the meds are not controlling you pain like it should.Call before you take more that he prescribed, and buy that time you will have to tough it out!!!

I suggest keeping yourself as stress free and you can while going through this. I started keeping a pain journal this morning so that I can better communicate my pain levels to my Dr.

Good luck,



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   Posted 9/14/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Flower, I agree with everyone else and think you should call your doctor sooner rather than later. You shouldn't have to put up with extra pain right now, it could be a sign that something maybe getting worse. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, I hope you can get some relief soon.
Gentle Hugs,

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