Yep, be careful with high doses of acetaminophen. Tell your doctor how much you're taking and what results it gives you. When quitting opiads you will go through a period of hypersensitivity In which the nociceptors are no longer covered with artificial opiads the pain gets very intense and you're likely having withdrawal symptoms to intensify your misery. If you can get through that week of hell, I've found it very beneficial to continue taking an opiad vacation for as long as you possibly can. If that week turns to months you'll find when you finally do seek opiad relief it seems that a good reset has been produced and you can start with low dosing. Eventually I found that 4 Norcos (10-325) were tnView Thread
I've had a pump for almost a year now.mits been a miracle. I feel like I got my life back.
I still deal with my physical disability, but I no longer feel as if I'm in constant chronic pain. I take zero additional pain meds too, someyOTC NSAIDS.
I sure hope you get things worked out. I've heard so many wonderful stories from people with the pumps.
I do get a little swelling in my extremities, but nothing major.
Yeah, I got kicked off a board once because I dared change my dosing and telling my doc after the fact. I've been living with twelve f'd up and broken vertebrae for 15 years. I actually had a physiatrist tell me "I can't help you, you're f'n broken." I won't speak for myself, but some in here are highly intelligent professionals and can actually understand causal effects and listen to our loved ones to understand side effects. Hell some of us have our doctors asking us questions because they value our knowledge! You can't feel from a book what we feel.View Thread
Medical studies have proven that morphine has far greater efficacy than OTCs. OTS are considered safe, but they are more dangerous than morphine in many ways.
I can't find the book I had from a Dr. Adams, but he strongly opposed the way we have stigmatized opiads and treat NSAIDS a like candy. NSAIDS have their place, but they're often taken in greater than recommended doses...they're over the counter, hell, a 15year old can buy a bottle of acetaminophen! How dangerous can they be?
Look up how many people die from kidney and liver failure from all the "safe" crap in their systems?
Under a doctor's care morphine is much safer and much more effective, but everyone calls you a drug addict.
Like I said, walk a mile in our shoes!
It's neat to find writings of doctor who have had to learn pain imperically and not just a few minutes of discussion in med school.View Thread
Yep, I think we've all been there, if not we probably never really needed the meds anyway.
I'm glad I don't take any now. The pain pump is no cure, but it has been a miracle. It's almost 8:30 and I'm sore and tired, but feel no need for pain meds. The pump is keeping the spine pain at bay.
To get here I've been through years of counting pills and taking those few extra to get through a long night or finish something to try and make my wife happy...knowing that I would have to reduce my meds later to make it to the next refill!
There's a book called the Art of Healing Back Pain Naturally, by Dr. Art Browstein. Dr. Browstein is an orthopedic surgeon that broke his back and ended up living life on same side of the office door we do. It's a good read, but he has different resources than we do...I.E. He moved to India for a year or two to learn yoga from a master. I'd be
Icky to read a paperback;)View Thread