Posted 10/7/2015 1:21 AM (GMT -7)
I truly appreciate the responses and information pertaining to the Zohydro. I am not an abuser, so if my Medicare (I have parts A & B) and other insurance supplement covers it, that's fine by me. I think the key words on the prescription bottle are to "take as needed for pain." I am prescribed to take up to six per day, but I don't always take that many. In fact, my last pill count was over what it might have been had I taken the prescribed dosage of both the hydrocodone and diazepam. I am also supposed to take two of the Relafen a day, but if I take one in the morning it makes my blood pressure drop extremely low, so I only take it at night. I've learned to narrow down the problem medications and either eliminate them or reduce the dosage, and tell my PCP, of course.
There has been a significant decrease in the abuse of Lortabs, Percocets, Roxys, and Oxys in my area. People are turning to Suboxone and Subutex (sp) and even Morphine patches more and more each day. Just the other day I heard someone talking about a drug called Opana (sp). I haven't heard any talk by people or the media regarding anti-anxiety medications, not to say they aren't being abused.
As I said above, I was originally given diazepam for muscle spasms, but my diagnosis was changed and the prescription now reads for anxiety. It was determined that I have non-combat PTSD.
Vickie, I appreciate the information you provided as well. When I was hospitalized several years ago, I was taken off of everything cold turkey. I spent four days in the hospital and was afraid to take any medication at all for more than three weeks after returning home. I have to take a potassium supplement because my body will no longer retain what I need, but I can admit that I did go through withdrawal, not realizing that's what it was that made everything stink so horribly that it made me sick to my stomach.
There came a point when I couldn't tolerate the pain any longer, though and I slowly started taking only my pain medication twice a day because I broke the pill in half. Along with DDD, multiple bulging and torn disks, and the nerve damage, I also have osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. So, rainy days and/or cold weather had my ex-boyfriend carrying me to the bathroom. Even now, I have to soak in a tub with water as hot as I can stand it to help ease the pain on "bad weather days."
I am unable to exercise, walk, sit, lay, stand, kneel, bend, etc., for any length of time. I've tried aquatic physical therapy to no avail. It seems like everytime I go to a doctor, they find something new, and that only leads them to want to prescribe yet another medication, so I've stopped going to specialists altogether...not counting my yearly GYN and mammogram appointments.
I do believe that anyone who is a long-term user of any pain medication faces a certain fear factor when changes are on the horizon. I am no exception to that rule. I worry that, if my medications are changed they may not work and I'll end up in that wheelchair sooner rather than later. I also don't want to use the bedside potty chair that my doctor ordered many years ago because I couldn't make it to the bathroom in time.
I do want to add that I haven't allowed my disabilites to drag my mind down with my body. I brooded for a couple of years at first, but have always been a strong-willed person. I finally convinced myself that my body may have given out on me, but my mind was still very much intact, so I enrolled in an online college and am currently working on my graduate degree in psychology. I'm proud to say that I graduated the undergraduate program near the top of my class, and currently have a 4.0 GPA in the graduate program. My goal is to become an instructor because I love to teach, as well as learn from others. I still have so much to offer!
Still alive - just not kicking as much as I once did.