Posted 8/9/2007 6:22 AM (GMT -7)
Iwas on morphine, (Kadia 60mg 2X day and NSIR 15mg. 3X a day as needed for breakthrough) I stayed on it2 years and except for the bloating and constipation, worked well.I had been prescribed the Morphine because I had finally failed on Methadon after 2&1/2 years. I didn't like the methadon. Although it handled the pain pretty well, I must admit I missed the little amout of euphoria, (nothing to write home about) I got from all the opiates I'd been on. By the way, the duragesic patches, (at one time I was wearing eight at a time,) jiust gave me a bed rash. and the pain relief as almost absent,
I also have disc problems literally nothing left of L2 and 3. Scoleosis from bottom to top, (my doc said he wonders how I can even walk, after an epidural which was fine for about 2 days.) Be careful with the perc-all to easy to abuse, you know>
My doc just up'd my long term Opana er to 40mg twice a day and I think I;m now properly titrated-she also lowered the breakthrough dose back to 5mg three tims a day. So far, good-much betteractually. I slept through the night and even woke up pain free. I know this forum contains both negatives and positives about Opana- let me add my name to the ones who are applauding Opana. You know it was, before approval, only available in the injectable form and then almost always whils one was in hospital. So I'm very happy to get it to take at home. I encourage you, since you meet the criteria, to ask your doc about the possibility of trying Opana. Bear in mind they';ll start you at minimum dose and you'll probably have to ask to be titrated up to a dose that works for you. They seem to resond beeten when you know something about the risks, the idea of starting low and gradually increasing thwe dose. Be payitnt, cause when you get the right dose, you'll start smiling again. One caution- as with all opiates, constipation and bloating are an issue-but the pain relief seems worth the tradeoff, especially if you;ve got a good way to treat it. I take Mialax 2X a day, and when necessary, leet enemas, and even the stuff they give you before intestinal surgery-Sakine phosfate soda. It tastes terrib;e but really cleans you out. I also take a chinese herb combo called "Seven Forests." My Hiv doc is researching about any possible problem with the 7 Forests and my HIV drugs. Good news on that too! She did a gentyp on my possible resistance to HIV drus cause I;ve taked so many fifferent combos since I went on them in 1994, Seems I have NO RESISTANCE to any Ayn of th current meds available so she's put me on on one pill a day that contain three HIV drugs, I had been on 4 different pills 2x a day and finally said I con't do this anymore ! I too a two week vacation from them, caus they had finally gotten toxic to a point that I actually couldn't even put them in my mouth-I would gag and thought I would upchuck, Se my doc fina;; knew I was serious and now-hey one pill a day with little or no side effects I think I can handle that!
kttn, I encourage you to try the Opana if your doc will allow it. For now, for me, it's one more miracle. The criteria by the way, for opana is having had alread tried morohins, patches and methadon although that may be different from state to state. I'm in SC and the Medicaid rules here are very tough. I don't know what insurance you have but they are tough here in SC
Let me know how things progress-it's a joy corressponding with you.
Graet Relief Meheroger