I have not been here for a while so my immediate appologies to all of you. Many of you know my case. I have chronic back , hip and leg pain. Have been in PM for 10 yrs now. I live in FL. Because I live here my meds have been changed so many times It makes my head spin. Understand these changes have been through no fault of my own.
Before the FL legislator started medling in PM patients and their doctors business I was on methadone and oxycodone 15 mg for b/t pain. For me it was a godsend. When these legislators decided methadone was bad I was taken off of that. THey then said the oxycodone is bad because of the pill mills. I go to a legitimate practice with insurance drug testing and the whole nine yards. I am a model patient. THE MAIN REASON I WAS ON THE OXYCODONE FOR B/T IS BECAUSE IT DID NOT HAVE ANY EFFECT ON MY LIVER AS MANY OTHER PRODUCTS DO. Now I did that in CAPS because i believe it is very important for what i will tell u.
I was put on morphine IM release and opan IM release. They did nothing. THe doc puts me on percocet which I did not want to be on because of the liver issues. But, What the heck am I supposed to do. My doc said it was a very low dose and should not hurt me. The main ingredient works very well for me. I took these for about 3 months then my blood test came back with elevated liver enzymes. Not crazy high but a bit up. This scared me because I have never had elevated enzymes ever ever. My doc says we need to take you off of the percs and go to vicoprofen which is 7.5 hydrocodone/200 ibuprofen. I questioned my doc about the ibuprofen and would it do the same as the tylenol. He said no it breaks down in the kidneys and I am at a small dose.
Now when I get my meds filled the vicoprofen comes with a special insert which I believe is put in there to scare the crap out of any legitimate CP patient. I say that because some folks are just plain addicts and they dont care what they put in their body as long as they get their rocks off. I do care what goes in my body and am scared now but what the heck are my choices? Many of the pharmacies do not even carry oxycodone products without the apap with fear from the state or some addict shooting the place up to try and steel them.
I was always told if you take these meds for long periods eliminate the apap or nsaids. Now I am being told to take the meds with all the crap in it because the state does not want anyone taking the safer product because of something they cannot control. I am so fed up and going to write someone. I do not know who. Pretty soon you are going to see lawyer commercials trying to get clients to sue the state because they were not given access to safer medication because of a few bad apples.
I am sorry but I really cant understand it. So now I am on vicoprofen and I see all over this pamplet and on the news that ibuprofen causes heart attacts and strokes, raises blood pressure, kidney proplems and ulcers, lower red blood cells , liver issues.
I would really like to know if someone else is in the same boat as I am and how this issue can be brought up somehow. I feel I just want to get off the b/t med because I am concerned about the condition of my body and my organs. But I know that I need these medications to help with the quality of my life. I love to play with my kids, ride my bike, go to a picnic and garden. Without these meds I cant do many of these things. With them I have a quality of life until the added med hurts my organs. The crazy thing is it can all be avioded by just not blaming it on the legitimate patient and dont just start eliminating the market of a certain medication in a certain area when it is needed. Something needs to give or I will be living in pain because I dont want to poison my organs.
Anyway, sorry again for such a long post but i needed to talk. Also, I am going to really talk with my doc about my concerns and see what he says. I will also ask that the administrator and head doc at the office listen in. I have a good relationship with them so they will listen. Some of you might say just get them to give you what worked for you. I have asked and they say their hands are tied and If they did give me the oxy ir script I probably would have to leave state to fill it cause no pharmacy in central florida will carry it which is absolutely crazy.
Do any of you know if apap is worse for you that ibuprofen or vice versa? I know your not docs but any input would be appreciated. I take 4 vicoprofen a day which would be 800 mg ibuprofen.
Thank you all so very much and any input would help ease my mind and possibly point me in the right direction for my next move if any. Again thank you for lending me your ears and I hope you all are living as pain free as possible.