The biggest help for our spouse/partner or close family member is to have them come with us to the Drs. and speak with them about
their concerns. This way, the Dr. can explain the need for the pain medication....and that you are taking them the correct way.
And if you and your Dr. decide that the patch is the way to go from here. Your husband can be ok with this and know all about
the medication...what it does...what the side effects are...etc.
It's ok for our family/friends to have concerns at times because believe me....if someone told me 11 years ago that I would be where I am today...and taking Morphine every day for my pain...I would have laughed in their face as well as think that was some major medication for dying cancer patients...
But obviously after so many surgeries...and starting from the lowest dosage/type medication...here I am today.
So they hear on the news all about
narcotics addiction...and see us taking these powerful medicines....if they don't actually come and meet with the Dr. and/or do research online what it's like to live with the pain we have...it's much harder for them to understand.
This way your hubby can ask any questions he has about
your pain and what is causing it...and what each medicine is for and why you need it...
I can't remember in your other post if you have shared what your pain issues are or not here....
The only time that someone needs to be concerned about
us is if we are taking the medicine to "boost" our mood or energy...Or we take more medicine than prescribed...or we run out too early before our next appt.
Otherwise for those on the boards here....we follow everything to a T.
As well as we know as pain patients that an opiate is just one small piece of the puzzle to help our pain. There are many other modalities like:
Exercise, yoga/stretching, TENS unit, aqua therapy, PT, massage, acupuncture, ice, heat, injections, a muscle relaxer, a nerve pain med, an antidepressant if needed, a sleep med if needed, eating healthy, maintaining a good weight, not smoking, etc....
Having your husband know that it takes a comprehensive program to just keep our levels at a 5 or so with all of those things listed and our meds.
The more he can understand all of this....meet with your Dr....and learn about
your health issues....the more his mind can be at ease..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006