I understand your honesty too, in what you said about taking another person's med, but the legal advice given here on this subject is very sound, and very serious. If the other drugs showed up in a blood test, and the doctor(s) knew you weren't legally prescribed, if at the least, it would make it difficult, if not possible, to ever get legitimate pain meds again. Not telling you what to do, as you have to do what you feel is best for you in your circumstances, but I would cease and desist that in the future, as you don't want to make things ultimately worse on yourself.
While there is a crackdown of sorts going across the country, I have noticed in responses here and at other CP sources, it really varies from region to region, state to state. Here in S.C., if you have the right kind of doctor, in my case, a very good oncologist, getting the meds I need and have been prescribed, is never a problem. The few times my local CVS gave me a hard time, the doctor got right on the phone and set their minds right. Haven't had any problems since.
As far as what meds work best, that varies so very much from person to person. After being on Loratabs for over 2 years, the doctor tried to switch me to Dilauid, but I found that it was very ineffective for the type of cancer pain I have, so he had no problem switching me back. He also tried me on one of the "oxy" meds, but again, it didn't do as much for the pain.
Either seeing a good pain specialist, or having a regular doctor who is also a pain specialist, as is my doctor, is a good way to build a long term relationship to dealing with CP. Depends what kind of options and resources you have on hand, i.e. insurance, etc.
I wish you well, and hope you can find the right combination of doctors and meds to help you long term.
David in SC
Age: 59, 56 dx, PSA: 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, original catheters 63 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/10 .04, 8/10 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8, 12/11 14.0, 4/12 37.0
Other: Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, had Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10
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