morphine for abdominal pain? ..also, STILL testing positive for salmonella!

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   Posted 10/17/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
does anyone take this for their pains? i have never taken it but not quite sure vicodin agrees with me so well. my gi said he prefers to prescribe morphine for pain but i am a bit leery about taking it. but yesterday i took 1/2 a vicodin for upper abdominal pain and then about 1/2 about an hour later. one thing i noticed was the headache i was fighting got worse and i felt a bit nauseous. i took vicodin before and don't remember it having any adverse reactions with me. i tolerate percocet well but it seemed too strong for the pains i am having at the moment. suppose i could takes 1/2's. anyway! any morphine feedback would be great :)

and i am STILL testing positive for salmonella i got back in march even after 2 courses of cipro (one was shortened due to a possible adverse reaction). during those stool studies my gi also checked my inflammation level? he said anything over 113 showed inflammation was going on and mine was at 288. not sure what that test or name of the levels were called but i thought that was interesting. also did the tmpt blood test and the 6mp is nearing toxic levels to my liver yet is barely in the therapeutic zone. soooo ...our course of action is: now trying 10 days of bactrim ds. next week i go for an ultrasound of my gallbladder. then retest for salmonella. we are sticking with the 75mgs of 6mp. and then if my gallbladder looks ok we are most likely going to have to do another scope. i hate the waiting game :/ well, i guess the best thing of all of this is, i really trust my new gi. he is wonderful and i feel like i am good hands for once :)

hope this finds everyone well!!
.: stephanie :.
34 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, trazodone, iron, calcium, folic acid, b12 injections at home & some other vits

currently in remission! :D

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   Posted 10/17/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken morphine in order to be able to sleep.
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   Posted 10/17/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't take morphine any more because I have developed an allergy to it. But I have only had it in the hospital over the many years with this DD. I have had vicodin and percocet, though at this point I can't take percocet any more either. So I'm not much help in that area.

As for the 6MP. My toxic levels were sky high while my therapeutic levels were really low. But I seemed to be doing well so my doctors didn't want to take me off entirely. The compromise was to lower my level. I had been at 100mg, I am now at 50mg. My toxic levels are fine now, while my therapeutic levels are still not where we would like them to be. But it seems to be doing something. So I guess the main thing is to trust how you feel to some extent.

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   Posted 10/17/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah i took it off and on for years for the pain. works faster than most things if you gett he sublingual . tastes like crap as it dissolves , but goes right to work. as long as your taking it for pain i wouldnt worry. i sufferd for years with pain because i was too proud to take the pills. and had fears of addiction. once i talked to my drs about it and they explained how it works, i felt comfortable doing it. you do need to watch things though like driving, machinery etc.. .

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   Posted 10/17/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I've only had morphine while in the hospital. I wouldn't want to take it regularly because I cannot keep my freakin' eyes open while on it. Percocet and Vicodin never zonked me out like morphine did.

EDIT: A whole vicodin pill did very little for me, but I always broke the Percocet in half because I didn't need the full strength. I'd keep doing that if it's working for you.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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   Posted 10/17/2009 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a word of warning: if you do get on it, don't tell people about it unless you have to for work, driving licence etc.

I live in a smallish, comparatively safe regional community. Despite that, a local elderly man was attacked in his home immediately after being released from hospital and surgery. The robbers didn't want money or electrical goods or anything like that: somehow word had spread about his being in hospital, and the thieves attacked him just so they could get his pain meds.

In other words, if you do get access to this med, for heaven's sake don't tell people about it unless absolutely necessary!!
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   Posted 10/18/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmm, my doctor cautioned against crushing or breaking in half any opium based painkillers because he said that without the coating, it can cause more rapid absorption, which can give you a "high" and lead you to addiction. I don't know how true this this, but I used to take vicodin for back pain, and my doc always told me to take the whole pill, and never to break it in half, and to call if I needed a lower dosage, rather than break the vicodin in half.

So, please check with your doctor before crushing or breaking any opium based pain killers.

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   Posted 10/18/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I take oramorph  (Liquid morhine)for pain as an when needed only 2.5ml and am monitored by GP. its the only thing that works as i can't take Tramadol this was the next best thing they gave me. Bev x

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
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   Posted 10/18/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks everyone! it seems morphine is pretty intense, i am not sure i quite need something of that magnitude. my nausea continues but i have a feeling it's related to the high dose of bactrim. we'll see next time i take vicodin if it increases or how i react i guess.

ivy - what a horrible, horrible story :( what is wrong with some people?!
.: stephanie :.
34 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, trazodone, iron, calcium, folic acid, b12 injections at home & some other vits

currently in remission! :D

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   Posted 10/18/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I also take morphine for the pain, however if I don't get it in time, there is no point I will just throw it up and still have to go to the ER. I needed one early this morning when trying to sleep, worked and was able to sleep it off. But it does ruin my day, the day I take it, I feel like a walking zombi, and just very tired, even tho i slept 10 hours. urg! I do try to avoid it as much as I can tho, a RX of 10 pills will last me 4-5 months

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Pantasa 8 tabs a day
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Imuran 1 and half tabs (50mg)
Previous meds: Pantoloc, Predizone, tapered down from 10 pills 8 different times.(horrible side effects),Lots more,list is way to long.
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   Posted 10/18/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
wow, yeah it really seems like too much for me. i might go back to percocet if the nausea continues after the course of bactrim. thanks for the input!
.: stephanie :.
34 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, trazodone, iron, calcium, folic acid, b12 injections at home & some other vits

currently in remission! :D

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