I'm not as tough as I thought

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grandmaroses
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   Posted 8/1/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having spine injections and my pain level has decreased so in return I am using less medication, usually I have my Dr appt marked on calender so I do not run out of pain meds but there I was on Friday evening looking into my bottle thinking OMG 5 left and its a long weekend. My Drs office is closed until tomorrow at 10 and I have a 9:45 appt for nerve testing.I have officially ran out and I am in agony. I wish I could make a phone call and have my Dr call in to pharmacy but it can not be done that way. Today is going to suck and tomorrow will be worse, maybe this is a blessing because of the nerve testing.

I really didn't think I would be in so much pain again I have cut back my dosage my pills lasted me 2 weeks longer than normal. I woke up this morning and have barely moved because I am so sore and my stomach is nauseous and my head is throbbing. I'm sweating like actual beads running down my body and drenching me.

Does anyone have any tips to help me get through until I can get in to see my Dr.(fingers crossed) Tues or Wed

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   Posted 8/1/2011 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
      Hello Grandma! It sounds like you may be suffering from withdrawals, but I'm really not sure...and if you cannot get your med's, then you certianlly may. Here is a link...and look for MRSM123's post....she has some good advice to share concerning withdrawal symptoms.
 
 
     ..also, there should be an after hours number you can call in case of an emergency...give that a try. It sounds like you skipped your regular refill, because you were doing so well? If that is the case, I would think he would be sympathic to you on this, and help you out right away.
 
   Good luck!
 
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Mysti
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   Posted 8/1/2011 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grandmaroses.  I'm so sorry to hear that you are having an increase in pain.  I just posted something similar about running out of meds too soon, so I certainly understand your situation.  We both know this is a *no no* to run out of meds before they are due to be refilled...I surely do, but I'm still guilty of popping an extra when my pain just won't settle down.  I mentioned that I am really worried about my upcoming first appt with a PM doc....because I KNOW I won't have a choice but to strictly adhere to the RX.  My personal GP has been scripting my pain meds for a few years and she never tests me or counts pills, so I have never really been held accountable, like I know I will with the PM doc.  Anyhow, nuff said about that.  For now, to help get you more comfortable....have you taken your last pill yet?  Are you going through withdrawals?  A hot shower helps me more than anything.  Also Immodium for diarrhea.  Perhaps some Dramamine for the nausea.  (Make sure it won't interact with your other meds first).  I also take Advil or Tylenol to help with the general feeling of *yuckiness*.  Again, make sure you can take those otc meds.  Also, good nutrition is important.  A well-balanced diet and plenty of liquids will go a long way to helping you feel better.  If you can, do some walking.  And lastly, but certainly not least (for me)....LAUGHTER.  Though it may sound hard to do right now, I think it totally helps me with my pain and general well-being.  Not only is it a temporary distraction, but laughing releases natural endorphins that will last a good few hours.  So I often watch some funny old sitcoms, like Golden Girls, Roseanne, Fresh Prince, etc. 
 
I'm new to this forum and I'm certainly not a doctor, so my recommendations are just my own personal ideas that sometimes work for me and I hope can be of some help to you, too.  I'm glad to meet you here on this forum, but I'm sorry you have a need that brings you here.  I have found the members to be very warm and non-judgemental and some have a plethora of knowledge.  I'm glad I am here.  I hope you feel better soon.

grandmaroses
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   Posted 8/1/2011 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and thanks for the suggestions. I still have my long acting oxycodone (targin) but ran out of bt oxy. I just called my Drs office and he is not in and is on holidays until the 8th of Aug so they suggested I come in as a walk in patient and see a different Dr in the clinic. I didn't think I would be withdrawing because I am still taking the long acting but it does make sense that I am. I am not safe to drive right now so I will be going to my clinic around 3 because hubby can take me.
I only hope the Dr I see today doesn't think they have a solution to my pain and insist I try something different because I have gone through a variety of meds until I found something that actually gives me back some quality of life. Oh well this one is my bad and I will suck it up I just don't believe how crappy I feel. When I noticed on Fri how low I was I started reducing once more my dosage thinking I might be able to last but I was wrong.
Thank you again
Take care
Rose



Insulin Dependant Diabetic, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, IBS, Sleep Apnea, COPD, Spondylolistesis, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/1/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
 
    ...yes..it sounds like you got caught up in some withdrawal's...but Im glad you are able to get in today.
 
      One lesson I have learned is not to skip those dates on refills, untill you know for sure that your stable, on you're pain scale. Just keep on having them filled, untill you know fore sure.
 
     It is, and can be a common thing to cycle in and out of good pain scales...and I have had this happen several times myself. Of course you can stop taking the BT med's, but hang onto them for a rainy day, when the pain picks back up.
 
      Take care, and we will be thinking about you, and hope all works out well today.
 
     SE wink
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grandmaroses
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   Posted 8/1/2011 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again SE, I missed the clinic they closed early due to lack of patients today is a civic holiday here so I was expecting them to be closed all day or I would have been all over it this morning. You know what they say about assuming things.
Yes I am in pain and no I am not having a good evening, this will be a lesson I will not soon forget.
Take care
Rose



Insulin Dependant Diabetic, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, IBS, Sleep Apnea, COPD, Spondylolistesis, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/1/2011 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
…ut oh! shakehead …can you maybe go tomorrow morning early?

At least you have something to help you limp along….lets hope you don't suffer too much! Again, I'm sorry, and we all have learned a few lessons like this.

Believe it or not…I'm glad you posted your honest mistake here….and maybe someone will learn a lesson along with you and save them the actual pain you're now going through.

Take care, and again sorry to hear of you're troubles. We never enjoy seeing our members suffer like this.

Take care,

SE wink
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grandmaroses
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   Posted 8/2/2011 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again, just a quick update another lesson learned.

I went to walk in clinic today and after only an almost 2 hour wait I got to see the Dr thats filling in for my family Dr while he's on holidays. So thinking I could just ask him for a refill of my oxy as I do my dr was a bad bad idea. he first decided to tell me the results of the colonoscopy from 3 weeks ago he says well the good news is you do not need another on for 5 years the great news is the pathology report is in as well and you had cancer but the dr has removed the cancerous polyp????
 
I am blown away by the way he says this, Then he says so what do you need refilled and I explained to him that I take targin as long acting and oxycodone for b/t and I have ran out of the b/t he says you want me to refer you to a chronic pain doctor and I say I am already seeing Dr T and he says I know one thats very compassionate and he will do a better job for you I am going to start you on lyrica and refer you to him and there will not be a waiting period .
 
He says he can not write an opiate and he would be right back he came back and said the other dr who works in the clinic is out of the triplicate pads and all he can do is offer me tylenol 3, I of course say well they cause me major constipation issues and he says thats all he can do and he could prescribe me an injection to help with bowel issue. I say ok I understand he gives me the Rx for t3 and says I will write a Rx for the injection I say don't because I have lax-a-day at home and I will use that for the week.
 
I am so upset after 3 years of pain and trying different medications to find some quality of life this guy ignores my dr and my chronic pain drs prescription recommendations. I walked out of the office and stopped at reception and asked for my drs first available appointment when he returns I have an appt on Tuesday at noon and when they asked why I wanted the appt I said I need to discuss my medications with my dr. I know I will make it to my next appt but thats about all I will be doing for the next week.
 
 I will have to cancel my last spine injection because there is no way I can do that without decent pain relief.
 
 
 
(edited for easier reading! Please split up your paragraph's when posting!..as it will be greatly appreciated by the members with poor eyesight and tracking problems) Thanks! SE wink

Post Edited By Moderator (Screaming Eagle) : 8/3/2011 9:31:57 AM (GMT-6)

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