Morphine vs MS Contin

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krw135
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   Posted 12/6/2011 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi friends,
 
I need some help here!  I have been on MS Contin for awhile now.  I switched pain docs due to my old one not having hospital rights at the hospital my GI and Colon & Rectal surgeon is at.  Anyways, I do like my new pain doc but when I went to pick up my morphine yesterday it was not MS Contin.  It was the "regular" versus the "ER".  Has anyone had a switch like this?  I seem to get more relief from the new morphine.  I guess I am having a hard time understanding the difference?!
 
Thanks so much for your help:)
I am a 30 year old female. Have had problems with Crohns/Colitis since 1997. Once I had my colon removed things got a little better. Until about 2 years ago. I just got my port placement and will start Remicaid treatments soon:)
I have awful tummy pain and joint pain as well as female issues.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/6/2011 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
 
      Hello Krw135!
 
           MS Contin is a controlled-release tablet containing morphine. It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. One of the differences between Morphine and MS Contin is that morphine is given every 4 hours and Contin usually every 12 hours.
 
     I would call your PM and make sure that someone did not make a mistake on the script. If you are taking the IR form of Morphine, then you may recieve pretty good relief, but will not last as long as you may need. Did he increase the amount of pills with the change to cover your awake hours?
 
       If you are indeed taking the IR form, then you should notice pain returning much sooner than when on the MS Contin ER form.
 
      Take care,
 
     SE
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krw135
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   Posted 12/6/2011 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks SE,

He did increase it from 2 a day to 3 x day now. I am not sure if I messed up when communicating to him when I told him I was taking morphine already. I am just wondering if this new med will help better. But I think I will go ahead and call just to be safe.

Thanks!
I am a 30 year old female. Have had problems with Crohns/Colitis since 1997. Once I had my colon removed things got a little better. Until about 2 years ago. I just got my port placement and will start Remicaid treatments soon:)
I have awful tummy pain and joint pain as well as female issues.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/6/2011 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
 
      ....well....I guess a phone call may answer your questions then. If you learn anything from this...make sure it is this!...always make sure you know what he is scripting and why,.....and never leave with questions unanswered. Communiacation is a very big thing when addressing pain issues and the med's. If there is a lack of communication and your Dr does not cover your pain issues with the correct med's...then you will be the one suffering...not him.
 
     If you have to!.... write out your questions before the appointment. Hopefully you will have a Dr that will listen! wink
 
   Again, good luck!
 
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NiNi53
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   Posted 12/6/2011 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, this is nini/Kathy, I take ms contin, and SE is correct, because it is a time released med, you dont feel the effects, its sort of just there.  I also take 10mg percocet for bt pain and thats what gets me up out of bed, the ms contin alone would not do it.  You could talk to your doctor about using a bt med if you decide to go back to ms contin.  Morphine, given without the time release will work quickly, but also wear off quickly.
 
Take care, and good luck,
Kathy
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

krw135
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   Posted 12/6/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks guys.  He is going to leave me on this for a month and then see if its better or if I notice a change.  So far so good.  I know this sounds crazy, but I guess the MS Contin didn't work as well as I was thinking.  This is just day 2 on the plain ol' morphine and I am already getting more relief.  He did rx norco for BT pain.  He majorly reduced that as to what I was taking for BT meds, but I have not really needed anymore (again, only been 2 days).  So I think this is working out well.  I hope it keeps working.  I don't like having to take my BT meds so often.

 

Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my question!  Y'all are great:)

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