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#1 BakaBilly


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Posted 01 June 2007 - 10:54 AM

After 9 year and many Gi docs and ER visits I finally was given a trial script for Oxycodone.For awhile the Tramadol was working but it seemed I needed 200mg every 8 hours and that seems a little steep.What happened was I had another horrid flare that sent me the ER. They gave me dilaudid that barley did anything then they gave me morphine. Things didnt start getting easy to take until they gave me the PCA, morphine on demand system. Every 8 minutes I pushed that button for a 1mg dose of that magical fluid.They were suprised to see that I could still walk and function the next day after putting 25mg of morphine into my system.Well just as always they were going to send me home now that I looked better. But this time I asked to see an in house pain specialist. This really is the way to go if you get to the ER often. If its a weekday theres no appointment needed, it usually cheap than if you were to just make an appointment, and usually your ER admittance is an evaluation enough. They know you are in pain becuse you wouldnt be hanging out in the ER if you werent.I let her know that took 2-3 Trams in the morning and then 2-3 at night when I worked. And that was doing fine. But the flare up that sent me to the ER wouldnt respond to 5 tramadols. And hardly responded to the 3mg of dilaudid they gave me. I told her if I had something strong to take on the days that I could flare up that bad I wouldnt need to go to the ER. I told her all they ever do for me in the ER is pump me full of morphine. So why shouldnt I just be able to have a small script of some heavy duty pain killers to keep me out of the hospital, where they just give me heavy duty pain killers?She heard my story and came back with a little white paper with the words "Oxycodone 5mg" wrtitten on them.I tried not to smile as I dont want to be seen as a drug seeker. But I tell you now I woke up 20 minutes ago with horrid pain and took one little white pill. As im typing this last sentence I can feel my pain literally wash away.Of course there are many drawbacks to this drug, some of which will most likely be posted (and I hope they do because it makes these threads much more in depth.) but for me its what ive been trying to get for the last 4 years.Now I just have to hope they refill my script on my follow up visit. :(


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Posted 01 June 2007 - 11:04 AM

After 9 year and many Gi docs and ER visits I finally was given a trial script for Oxycodone.........I tried not to smile as I dont want to be seen as a drug seeker. But I tell you now I woke up 20 minutes ago with horrid pain and took one little white pill. As im typing this last sentence I can feel my pain literally wash away.Of course there are many drawbacks to this drug, some of which will most likely be posted (and I hope they do because it makes these threads much more in depth.) but for me its what ive been trying to get for the last 4 years.

Well, like "House," I'm a Vicodin junkie. I've been taking it for years for pain from another chronic problem I have. If it has any anti-diarrheal properties, they have been lost on me, but it's the only thing I've found that helps the pain from IBS in any way.Other than the obvious problem of narcotics being addictive, there are two main problems associated with these medications:1. Doctors are a real pain in the butt about prescribing them and pharmacies tend to be a pain about filling the scrips.2. Their effectiveness dwindles over time, and that's very discouraging.I hate to sound like a harpie, but even though you are getting some relief, finally, don't end your quest. The oxy will work well, but only for so long, and sooner or later, somebody will give you trouble about taking it.Good luck!Angie in Texas, US
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 03:06 PM

2. Their effectiveness dwindles over time, and that's very discouraging.

That's not exactly true for most people. For many it's just a mental perception. For some we tend to do things we normally wouldn't when we are feeling better, which may cause a flare and the need for more meds.In rare circumstances the body actually grows more receptors for the drug. In that case you would have to increase dosage or find a different med that affects different receptors.The effectiveness may dwindle, but it doesn't have to. I now take smaller doses than I used to with more effect the vast majority of the time.I also thought I had built a high tolerance for Librax, but I've now learned it was something else bothering me that was making that drug seem ineffective. When the other medical problem was addressed the Librax started working again at my normal dosage.
If the doctor still gave me a lollipop at the end of each visit, I'd probably be a much happier person.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 10:17 PM

Oxycodone or "Percocet" I was on also. 5mg was a joke. 7.5 x2 then helped. Eventually, I built up a tolerance to that and it was wreaking havoc on my stomach. My doc and I decided to go a more puristic way without acetominaphin added to the ingredients and went with morphine sulphate immediate release tablets. These work well for controlling my IBS symptoms all the way around. I am IBS-D. This is a monthly RX to cover an assortment of medical problems, back, shoulder, pelvic pain, etc. My suggestion is to just watch for the acetominaphen in the oxycodone causing stomach issues, such as acid indigestion, heartburn, etc.The other suggestion given to me by my pharmacist, who know more about drugs than any doctor, was to get the Pepcid Complete and take them everday while you are taking the oxycodone. That will coat the stomach and reduce acid build up.Hope this helps you and hope any info. I gave may be of help also.

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 07:46 AM

I'm so confused and frustrated. How are so many people getting good pain meds when all I can get is Darvocet and Elavil. Neither doesn't do a thing for me (Darvocet will help my cramps during that time of the month but thats IT) I have IBS, Fibro and Oesteoarthritis in my spine. I'm only 39 and I feel like Im 80 most of the time. I do take Probiotics and Tummy Tamers, but that just calms down the noises in my colon.......does nothing for my pains. I really don't want to have to go to the ER, I see a regular physician and a Rheumatologist....but my Rheumy I can NEVER get in touch with and when I do leave a message with the office or answering service I get NO call backs.Sad thing is I've been dealing with Fibro for over 6 years and this past year is the first time I saw a Rheumy because I could no longer handle the pain on my own. Why do they think we are all drug addicts!!!!!!!!Im so happy for the ones that get adequete care from their Drs. I just wish I was one of them.Lisa

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 10:14 AM

No one has posted the drawbacks to this drug, it is a serious painkiller to take and one that shouldnt be taken without doing the research. I have known quite a few people become very addicted to this drug so be carefull. A link about this drug: be careful, dont take more then your recommended dose, dont drink and be vary wary of symptoms of addiction. This is a drug that if I were to take I would ask someone close to me to watch for any signs of addiction. But in saying that, Im glad you found something that works, the pain can be really unbearable at times, though I dont think mine is bad enough to warrant a narcotic (or it could be my extreme oversion to drugs)Lisa- Im sorry you are having trouble with your doctor, I really have little respect for a lot of people in the medical community. They just dont seem to have any compassion. A lot of people have had doctor problems and have had to shop around for a good one. Dont be afraid to see a bunch of different docs to find one that is comfortable for you to see and helpful. Remember they work for you, you shouldnt pay for bad service.
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 10:51 AM

I think a lot of doctors don't like giving out heavy duty pain medication for chronic conditions because the problems can outweigh the benfits and often there are alternatives that should be tried first before risking narcotics.Giving someone pain meds for an injury or surgery are different situations as the pain should only be bad for a few weeks. That is a different risk/benefit assessment than this patient needs meds for years on end.There are reports of "narcotic bowel syndrome" in people who use narcotic pain meds long term that can greatly increase the pain while that is going on (and will mean you have to be pulled off the narcotics often using medications to block the effects of the narcotics).Pain management is probably one of the hardest parts of medicine as the "easy" answer of heavy duty pain meds can sometimes cause more long term problems than it solves in the short term. Add in the problem that there isn't a good way to judge who has pain how bad and it can be quite the nightmare. Even with the same painful stimulus people have different responses and it is hard to know who is playing up the pain to get meds they do not need and who is really in need of these meds.K.
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 01:18 PM

I totally understand the downfall of narcotics. I think if a Dr watches his/her patient close enough, they should be able to notice who is abusing and who is just using when needed. They can only give you so many pills, and if those pills last you a long time then the Dr knows your really only taking it when its needed.I don't need pain meds all the time, just when Im in a bad flare. So I maybe need a few pills to get me threw those days. Drs that over prescribe and underprescribe don't really care. When a patient calls every month for a refill then the Dr may notice that he/she is taking it everyday. They should talk with them to see if there is any alternative. We also shouldn't have to live with pain all day long every day with no help.Lisa


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