I'm posting this here in the Depression category because it doesn't necessarily fit anywhere else, and because this is the only forum I post in.
I have been taking Dilauded, a heavy duty pain killer, for pain stemming from an abscess near my liver. It has been drained three times, but comes back. [I think it's back again based upon the pain]. At any rate, I was originally prescribed the drug by my hematologist, later, and without interruption, I was prescribed it by an ID doctor. I have been taking it "as needed" or every four hours for about three months now.
I think I am chemically dependent upon it. Twice now I have stopped taking it for 24-48 hours. Both times, you wouldn't believe the withdrawal side effects. The worst is extreme fatigue, sluggishness and sleepiness. I literally had to fight to pick myself off my couch to go to the bathroom, or eat (lack of appetite, another symptom).
Both of my daughters are nurses. They both warned me about Dilaudid, one of them saying, "It's an evil drug and should be banned." However, it is extremely effective in taking away the pain, so, being the naysayer I can sometimes be, I blew them off in favor of my doctors. After all, who would know better, right?
Yesterday, around 3:00 p.m., I took a dilaudid, after having had none for approximately 2-1/2 days. Within a few hours, I had most of my energy back, wasn't sleepy anymore, etc. So, I'm fairly sure that what I'd been experiencing was withdrawal symptoms from the drug.
Shouldn't at least one of the two doctors who prescribed the drug to me warned me about addiction? Shouldn't they have warned me about withdrawal symptoms? I learned online that you are not supposed to stop dilaudid cold turkey, but rather, like steroids, ween yourself off it. Shouldn't one of the doctors advised me of this!?
Had this been you, would you berate your doctors for what seems to be a glaring medical omission? Would you look for new doctors?