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luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/4/2011 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi,

Some of you know that I tried some new meds last night and then today. Well it seems to have gone well so far. I took 20mg of the Oxy and then the Nortriptyline 10mg..I "felt" it kick in pretty quick but I still tossed and turned a lot, so I got out of bed, I did this one more time until I went to bed around 2am and then I was out! I actually slept till 10am. That is like a true miracle for me. I'm sure it helped that my daughter was not home last night too.

 I had to work today and took half a perocet and it just barley took the edge off. I did feel a bit out of it most of the day and was only able to work 4hrs and had to come home and take more meds and nap.

 Tonight I am supposed to take two of the Nortriptyline so I wonder if maybe that will help me sleep right away vs the tossing and turning.

On a side note..My sweet 16yr old son cuddled with me last night in my bed and it was like when he was a baby...I was in heaven..I know it might sound silly to some but it made my night. Guess you never are to old to sleep with mommy :))

 



 


Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass

Meds: Oxy, percocet, norco, xanax, sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/5/2011 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Lucky...
 
Glad to hear you got some rest and the new med change seems to be helping some.  Sometimes a new med can make you tired the next day... hopefully, this side effect will wear off soon. 
 
Hope you are getting some rest tonight. 
 
--Tina

Chutz
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   Posted 6/5/2011 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lucky,

Your name is truly appropriate. You are one lucky woman to have a son who is so caring and loving. Glad to hear the meds are helping too.

Hugs,
Chutz
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 6/5/2011 2:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Flower!

I read some of you're other post on the med changes, and was wondering what strength the Percocet was that you're breaking in half? You really might want to reconsider taking the am Oxycontin both am and pm times.

One other thought, might be, to get you're DR to script you a #10 Oxycontin for the am, and use the #20 for the pm, if you think the #20 were too much for the morning working times.

I'm just curious about the Percocet strength you're breaking in half. If its a #5, then the strength you would be getting would have a marginal effect, especially if you're needing a #20 at night. I just cant see breaking a #10 in half, especially if they can script you a #5.

Sorry if I seem to be nosey, but Im trying to make sense of the scripting, as it seems out of the norm, with the Oxycontin, and then breaking a percocet in half during the day. My needs for pain control are the same, for all hours of the day. In other words my pain is not less during the day than the evening. I too work a full time regular job, and understand the adjustment it may take when first starting the Oxycontin. Also, as you become dependent on the Oxycontin, you may find yourself struggling quite a bit, during the day in the way you're taking your med's.

Does this make sense to you? I have been on Oxycontin for several months now, and there is no way I could do with out it during the day, without suffering some sort of withdrawal and quite an increase in pain. My script is the same as yours, #20's on the Oxycontin...then if I had to break a Percocet #10's in half during the day, and forgo the Oxycontin...whew!...I would be a hurting puppy! As stated here many times...for long term care of CP you really should be on a long term care type of pain med, and use the Percocet's for BT. I really think this is what you're Dr was trying to do for you when he scripted the #20's twice a day. I just can get past his recommendation to go all the way down to breaking a Percocet in half from the #20 he originally scripted for you.

Anyway, just food for thought, and my hats off to you if you can do it this way. I'm just wondering how long you will be able to keep that type of pain med schedule up. As stated before, were all different. You're scripting and schedule caught my eye yesterday, and I wanted to try and understand it better. If I misread or misunderstood some of your post, then my most sincere apologies to you.

Bottom line is, that were glad you're getting some relief, no matter how your getting it. We all want the best for you!

We also do appreciate your contribution to the forum here, and I personally enjoy reading you're post. We all can benefit, as members post questions and comments about their life with CP. Even visitors, who may be lurking on the side can benefit as well. I personally hate that description (Lurking)...as it seems to be tied to deceitfulness according to the dictionary. However it seems to be an acceptable term and used quite often here.

Have a wonderful weekend, and again Thank You for posting!

SEwink
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 6/5/2011 2:51:35 AM (GMT-6)


luckyflowers
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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 6/5/2011 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
SE...

First and foremost your NOT being nosy...I am here for support and help! I am new to all this, and have suffered alone for some time so I welcome anything. I am just not that type of person, so please ask away...let me explain a bit more so maybe it might make more sense.


Originally my PM Dr. had me on Percocet 5-325 and Norco 5-325, when this did nothing he adjusted my meds to include Oxy 10mg one am and one pm..I was very scared to take it based on things I had heard and when he told me that I needed to take one in the morning and one at bedtime to have the benefit of 24hr pain relief I was very upset. I told him that with working and kids I just didn't want to be on something like that during the day and pretty much refused to take it except at bedtime.


So knowing that Norco was the "weaker" of the meds I was taking half during the day to get through work, and of course it barley to the edge off. Through lots of tears and pain I finally broke down and agreed to try the Oxy during the day...I hated the way it made me feel. I was told I had to give it sometime, but again I just didn't like it and felt I would not be able to work or tend to the kids feeling that way.


Through a chain of events and the pain I have now found myself back in extreme pain, depression I have never been through and now he has me doing the Oxy 20mg at bedtime started the Nortriptyline 10mg, adding 10mg every night up to 80mg as tolerated. Then he said to try half percocet 5-325 during the day every few hours as needed since its stronger than the norco...so really this is my doing and not his...he wanted me to do the Oxy as you can see. I really am at a loss here. I do want the most pain relief but most of these meds make me loopy and sleepy so I have to be careful during the day and with the kids..



I hope this helps :)
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass

Meds: Oxy, percocet, norco, xanax, sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/5/2011 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lucky...
 
I just want to "second" something SE said - I agree that perhaps trying the 10mg oxy in the daytime and using a 20mg at night is a great idea.  Just food for thought.  I think we all just want to see you get better pain coverage...
 
Just something to think about.  Hope you got some rest last night.  Let us know how you are doing.
 
--Tina
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