I think were in agreement, as I said if taken "properly" anybody taking pain meds and if they take a dosage higher than they need or should, whether they have pain right at that moment or not, they will, or can possibly get that high feeling. That is simplly over dosing, as you know, most of the time a person is started off on a lower doseage and then worked up, to a dosage that is effective at controlling the patients pain. The big problem that they were having with Oxycontin, is that allot of the people that were abusing it, were crushing it to get a "rush" an immediate intense high, but the big draw back to that was, doing that was proving deadly! That med gives its prescribe dosage in a slow constant controlled released method, by crushing it they were getting an immediate big time over dose!!!. That was one of the big problems with Oxycontin. And I had heard that they were actually considering taking it off the market, because of that. But the manufacture, has now reformulated it, so crushing it does not work! Making it a much much less desirable drug for the abusers. I am glad they did not take it off the market as I have found this medication to be a Godsend, it relieves my pain without any major side affects like the dopey drugged feeling, that I get with hydrocodone! Also hydrocodone keeps me awake. You are right though there are many factors that figure in, and every one is different, and one dosage for one person might be over the top and makes a person high and another person it might not have any affect on them at all!
Carolyn (Twinks) You might want to keep a pain log and document when you have pain and how you rate it, and what you were doing when it started and what you did to help relieve it, take your pain meds as prescribed, and if they are not effective also document that, and then when you go to your doctor bring your pain log with you, and tell your doctor all about your pain. show him your pain log. There is no reason to worry about addiction to your pain meds, if you are taking them as prescribed. If you are having pain you should not be afraid to take them, and you certainly should not have to suffer with needless pain if you are being adequately treated for it.
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!