Those Who Are On Narcotic Pain Relievers...

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   Posted 11/14/2007 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking them for almost two years now.  There's no doubt they work well, but I've found that especially lately, I've been stressing myself out bigtime about them.  I am an anxious person by nature and I find myself having mini panic attacks when I think about addiction, withdrawal, what these meds are doing to my body, etc.  I actually talked to my doctor about this today and she tried to make me feel better, explained to me that I have a chronic pain problem that can be documented and no one there is judging me or doubting me...Still, I wondered if anyone else in my place is feeling these same negative feelings as I am confused ...Can we talk about it? 

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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Storm
I know what its like to "self" condem  thinking other people are thinking
becasue of  the "WORLD" around us...
Those who live with Chronic pain..  and are being treated by   Doctors
 well   We do  need to "REST" and  "TRUST"...   that   they ahve WISDOM, and sound advice...
I agree with GRAMPS,... there is a HUGE Difference between   needing medication for symptom / pain releif   for chronic pain
and being  addicted..  to get HIgh
Personally     I do get HIGH on  my  Pain meds....
I have to tolerate the condition they seem to put me in... 
know this
ALl things  work together for good
there is a reason...  and a Pupose for everything
I am so glad you posted here
folks  like Gramps  are a great  help and  shoulder to talk to
take Care'Blessings
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I know exactly how you feel! I have been on pain meds for about a year now. there is a huge stigma with taking these meds, a lot of people look at us like we dope fiends! Many people who aren't suffering from chronic don't really understand the anguish we must endure. I often feel like people look at me like I'm a loser because I'm always popping some sort of pill! As Gramps said dependence and addiction are different. Being dependent on these meds can be an issue but sometimes it's a need. Many people are just way to judgmental. What pain meds are you currently taking?

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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Storm, you are not alone in that feeling. It worries me a great deal, but I have to be able to function.
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   Posted 11/14/2007 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand as well,I have been on pain meds for that last five years and I deal with chronic pain as well.I have CROHNS,RA,AS,OS,SEJERENS AND PYRODERMA GANGRENSUME AS WELL.I would like to be able to come off of my pain meds but I know if I did I would be in the bed curled up in a ball.I know that my paind doctor told me that there is a different's between being addicted and depented.So just know we are here for you.

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   Posted 11/14/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have been on the narcotics five yrs. I have never had a high from my meds. If mine did not agree with me, apparently I really got goofy and made no sense when I tried to talk and was forever falling asleep in mid sentence. I cannot remember what meds did that to me but it was short lived. I was in the drs office telling him what was going on. Thank goodness that has not happened again.

I have to have quality life no matter what drug I am taking to help me get there. Its important fo CPer's to be up and moving around and being mobil, no matter what. So what if it takes medication to get us there, the point is we must have quality life. Hugs to all, Susie

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   Posted 11/15/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree that I have to be able to function daily look after my home and daughter and father and be a total person......... pain pills are what keep me able to be a functioning person..........

I have been on opiates for many yrs and I will continue as long as they let me have some qulity of life

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   Posted 11/15/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Being on pain pills is a struggle for all involved. I've been on morphine for longer than I care to admit. I thought I was doing well but my family kept seeing a different me. The turning point was when my 23 yr old son who was home from the university woke me up at 2:00 am wanting to talk to me. With tears in his eyes he expressed his fears of me being on narcotics and their effects on family's. My son is not a sensitive person he is just the opposite which made it all the more sensitive to me. I too was fighting back tears as my son made his plea. He had been witness to a few families of his close friends ripped apart from misuse and addiction so his concern was well founded in his eyes. I am now recovering from surgery for a neurostimulator implant. At the same time suffering from with-drawls. I hope I made the right decision but only time will tell. I prayed about my decision for a long time. I thought I was doing OK as did others outside of close family. Living in chronic pain is something that only us as chronic pain sufferers can even begin to understand. As someone else stated staying as active as possible is imperative. I also feel finding a support group is important. I recently went through classes at my pain clinic with other CPers which was sooo helpful. Stay strong and keep the Faith. Remember.....I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!!

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   Posted 11/15/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on pills all my life and my liver and kidneys are fine. In the recent few years my hip and knees are so bad I use narcotics in low doses. It is funny the difference between the way MD's treat you when you need narcotics. They have no concerns that I will have to be on Methotrexate, Mobic, Plaquenil, and Nexium forever till I die. But, the Hydrocodone and Tylenol they don't want me to be on forever. Gee, I have had arthritis for 33 of my 36 yrs in every bone. I knew I would need narcotics eventually as my bones break down. I have worked hard to help those with pain. But.... What I found out being in the medical field is...people who take narcotics as a norm are addicts. Other persons of medicine here can say I am wrong...but I'm not.
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   Posted 12/12/2007 2:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, thats a lot of heavy drug talk!
I have crps which is a neuropathic pain syndrom. Now it sucks really bad, because no matter which way my foot is hanging or sitting, it burns like a ******,, big time. Going on three years and ENDLESS SURGERIES......  Seems like I went through procedures #A-#T and had no positive results. I just got my spinal cord stimulator out of my back about 5-6 months ago, and man what a great relief that was.
   The only people that cant understand how the absolute importants of medications and using them as directed are the same people who have never had themselves put into a situation with health that you cant control.
  At this point of my life all I have is the little things, so with a little help from pain pill I can actually talk to people and understand them because I'm not thinking about how much my foot hurts!! Anyway I take lyrica,cymbalta,dilaudid,ambien cr and somtimes a couple tizanadines. Also the lidocain patches, with all these meds no wonder I cant have an orgasm!!   eyes    If I did'nt think these meds where helping I probably stop any I felt that way about.
                            But on that note have a safe new year everyone!!!

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   Posted 12/12/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have been on pain meds for over 2 years and would prefer not to be on them. But I need some kind of life. I've recently decided to see if I can get by on a lower dosage because of the side effects. I'm changing over very slowly to avoid withdrawal. Going from 4/20mg oxycontin per day to 3 right now. I have percocet to fill in if I need it. It's not outside pressure that has me doing's me and how the meds affect my mind. I'm tired of being so sleepy all the time. So I'll let you know how this experiment goes. Hopefully I can find a dose that helps with pain and let my brain be a bit more clear.

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   Posted 12/12/2007 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
What a good thread my past p/d would only give me ultram,celbrex,zanaflex finally after six years he said my new insurance wasn't no good and he couldn't help me any more.So i went else where and told him what happened to my new doctor and he asked if he could call the past doctor and i said sure well to find out my new doctor worked with my old doctor at one time now i get meds that help and i just don't tell a lot of people what iam on cause the way they judge and i try not to take them in fron of people but i have tried to second guess my self and didn't take them for a few days and then i realized i couldn't live with out them Deb

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   Posted 12/12/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Deb made a very good point. Its no one's business if you only take tylenol. I tell no one about my pump or any meds I take. Its just better that way, its called privacy in my book. Susie

Deb, glad you got yourself a new dr. and some decent meds. Hugs

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