is there something that works better?

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   Posted 12/13/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
      my mom has been taking vicodin for her pain and up until a month ago she has been doing fine while using it but now it doesnt seem to be strong enough.she also has been trying morphin patches but they make her dizzy and it makes her sleep all day. i do like that she can finally sleep but it just worries me to see her sleep endlessly. is there anything that would work better? is pain management a good option?
confused  please help......

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   Posted 12/13/2007 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   

You're mother could see a pain management doctor, there are various narcotic pain killers out there that can be used for pain. I hope that your mother gets the correct treatment that she needs. Hope this helps.

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   Posted 12/13/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Strange-love,

You don't say the source of her pain. Most of lupus pain is from inflammation and our meds are targeted at reducing the inflammation. Our docs usually do all they can to alleviate the source of the pain before using narcotics . . . but sometimes it can't be helped. Just wanted to make sure they are addressing first things first.

A nice hot soak and an electric blanket can do wonders too!!

Keep us posted!!


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   Posted 12/14/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
thak you for the ideas
the source of my moms pain is
her hip(which she recently got oporated on),
her bones (i bought her an electric blanked and an electric heating pad and a good heater),
she is always dizzy,
her hands hurt (she got one oporated on and where waiting for the other) ,
also her knee( which also needs to be oporated on),
her throat (right now she cant really talk or eat it really hurts her)
her eyes( they are really dry and she keeps on saying that there itchy, i bought her systane and her doctor gave her restasis)
her mouth ( i bought her oasis and oasis dry mouth spray)
and her ankle (which also needs to be oporated on)
last but not least she use to have shingles on her inner thigh that hurts her some times.

what takes care of what pains?
what should she take for them?

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   Posted 12/15/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Pain managment is always a goodoption. It sounds like your mom has been thru alot. Maybe she really needs the extra rest right now. Perhaps there is a smaller dose of morphine that she can get? Morphine does have a tendency to make you sleep alot. I would suggest that you take her to her doctor and find out if there is possibly something better for her.
good luck and let us know
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