This is really your call. You have alot going on in your life and you still need to be able to function. But with your family history I can see how this is of concern.
Thanks Navy. I have NEVER even touched drugs in my life.. period. (Aside from prescribed narcotics since I've been ill.) I was around 8 or 9 when it all started. I was in family counseling with my family. I took a different route then my brothers. They are grown individuals and COMPLETELY different now with families, but still. There IS a history and that is my concern.
I'm petrified of being addicted. My mom told me to start cutting back now, but when I got my doc's blessing that 4/day was okay, I feel like that is a maximum at this point. If I start needing MORE then 4, then I get worried. I did take 5 one day last week, but then was back to 4. I try so so so hard to take as little narcotic. I was taking 2 at a time, and today, I decided (as I type in pain yet again) that I'm going to cut back... 1 1/2 Norco to 500mg of tylenol. This way I AM cutting back, slowly....
I know the last major flare I had, I was taking 2 Norco pretty much round the clock. I had to wean off of them as well, and I did it. I just do not remember having such a hard time trying to get the pain pills then... I don't know the difference between now and then, but I'm glad my surgeon has agreed to help me through this.
As far as going to an addition doc... it sort of bothers me because of the family history, but it doesn't bother me if I should need it because I have realized that I need the pain medicine to function and that I have a chronic illness (granted, my IBD is located in the rectum - so it IS the most painful - or so the surgeon and GI continue to tell me) and I need to control it. I'd much prefer to control it at home then have nurses and docs control it in a hospital bed. Especially, since my surgeon had the "surgery" talk with me. He's not so sure it's anytime soon, but he said if I can't get off steroids and I fail other drugs, it's "time." I would have an ostomy period because I'd lose my rectum..
Anyway, that was a bit more then we had discussed! Thanks for the honesty Navy.
- Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Remicade, moving onto a Clinical Trial called ABT-874 - Tentative start date - 10/2/08 - 10/16/08 - Infusion, every 4 weeks.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
Addison Maria - 8/2/07 - 13 months old