WOW!!! My MD increased the percocet I take for breakthrough pain from one 5/325 tablet to two 5/325 tablets and the pain relief is almost too good to be true! I feel absolutely amazing today! I am so overjoyed that I wanted to share this with all of you. If you are taking percocet for pain and aren't getting pain relief with one 5/325, two 5/325's or one 10/650 might do the trick!
Ditto on what swank said. Stay away from the chiropractors. Get a firm diagnosis from a neurologist and ask the doctor if chiropractic is okay to do. Some injuries the chiropractor can make worse. Don't let them fool you with their cheapo-x-ray-o-matic machines they have. They aren't doctors. Go see a doctor first. Get referrals if necessary from your PCP. A referral to physical therapy may help too as they have traction and spinal decompression techniques that could help the disc slide back into place.
And, I wouldn't lift any more weights until a doctor says it is okay and won't cause further injury.
I don't know if you are a experienced weight lifter or not. If not, after the doctor clears you to lift weights again, consult with a personal trainer on site to show you the proper way to lift weights to prevent future injury. For me, I was doing a lot of the lifting the wrong way, which can lead to back pain.
Yes I remember! Connecticut right? I usually travel to Maryland (NASA Goddard) or Florida (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station). I have never been to Connecticut. How far is Connecticut from Maryland?
I would love to meet you and have dinner! Hopefully, our paths will cross some day.
I am feeling a little better today. But, I am confused on which med works better for breakthrough pain, vicodin or percocet. I thought percocet worked better until one day last week; I didn't sleep well and woke up in pain. So I switched to the vicodin. That was working well until I had breakthrough pain yesterday; shortly after taking my evening dose that was supposed to last until the morning. So, this afternoon I switched back to the percocet and the pain is gone. I need to pick one by the end of the month and it is looking like both work in criss cross to help with my pain. This is so frustrating!
I have been feeling pretty fabulous! But tonight for some reason I feel a little "off". There is some breakthrough pain that broke through my breakthrough med I took 3 hours ago. It is more annoying than anything though. I just took my bedtime MS Contin dose so it should go away shortly.
That is nice you can get Miralax for zero copay! I'm jealous! I was about to try Senekot S but ran into Miralax while at the pharmacy and it was the only constipation medicine they had. I said to myself, "This must be good" and picked it up. haha! It is a once a day dose and it is pretty amazing.
My make-up melts all the time. You should see me when I travel to the east coast. I'm a mess! That humidity just kills me! I think I scrape by because it is so dry out here in Colorado. When I travel to the east coast for business travel, I have to sit in the car for 10 mins after making it work with the air conditioner on full blast just so I don't go marching in there like I just ran marathon! haha! I'm full of jokes tonight. I hope you have a sense of humor today.
I'm sure your personal life will bounce back soon. You are such a vibrant and beautiful woman. I am glad to hear that overall you are doing well. So glad to hear your pain is still under control. Pain always has a way of making every obstacle twice as hard.
I agree with Mags and Bet. I think it is more of a side effect versus a symptom of withdrawal.
I am on Vicodin/Percocet, Morphine ER, Valium, Neurontin, Remeron, Atenolol, Flexeril, and Amlodipine. I have had problems with sweating every since I started opioid therapy 7 years ago. It is quite annoying, especially in the grocery store or at the airport (they run extra security on me because they think I must be nervous about a massive terrorist plot I am planning to execute. haha! The sweating is better than the pain any day though!
I had to try a couple different over the counter medications for constipation until I found one that worked. Miralax works fantastic for me. I mix it in my juice and drink it before bedtime and it works overnight. It is tasteless too!
I read your "My Story" and you have been through A LOT. I am so sorry all of those things had to happen to you.
I am very glad to hear that the MDs have you living comfortably and that they are willing to work with you to determine your precise needs.
I have heard tons of great things about neurostimulation. I even asked about it at my last anesthesiology appointment. The doctor said that he would be the one to do the procedure but that it would be a "last resort" type of thing. He said I would have had to be on the strongest of opiates and still not have improvement or have a tolerance built up or be intolerable to the side effects. I was quite upset by this remark as at the time I was only on short acting opioids that provided an hour of relief at the max and my doctor at that time was ignoring that I was still in a lot of pain throughout the day. The MS Contin has increased in strength over the past couple of days and as of yesterday, I only needed 3 doses of short acting opioates throughout the day. I hope that I can get down to 2 doses with 3 doses on bad days. We'll see, but the neurostimulation I feel could enhance my quality of life. It will continue to be in the back in my head as I continue this journey. I won't give up!
You weren't kidding about "overdoing it". I am glad that I got the house clean but MAN it tore up my low back pretty bad. I am starting to notice the MS Contin has increased in strength over the past two days. I am needing less breakthrough medication during the day.
I am going in for my lumbar epidural this afternoon instead of Monday. The nurse accidentally scheduled me for Monday without ensuring the X-ray technician was going to be there. They tried to reschedule me for the 19th and I said "No way!". It has been over 3 months now since my last injection, which didn't work as well the first. If they do a good job today, maybe I will need even less breakthrough meds. Cross your fingers! ~K. View Thread
I have heard great things about the methadone from Annette here and others across the web. I need to research the side effects of methadone and compare them those of MS Contin to understand what may be best in the future for my pain.
I had a great night's sleep last night and the best part of all is that I don't wake up in the morning withering in pain! I would usually wake up super early to take my pain medication as I would feel like I was laying on a bunch of rocks! Now I have a much steadier stream of pain relief. It is good to know that MS Contin works for you and so many others. Have you had to request a dosage increase since starting MS Contin? Or has the pain relief been stable? ~KView Thread
I am all on generics too. There is no way I could afford the brand name prescriptions. I was told it takes a couple of days for the morphine to really start working but I was able to sleep last night without tossing and turning. I still have a little pain and a lot of stiffness. I didn't take my regular dose of valium last night because I wanted to see how things went first. I am on a low dose of Valium at night (2mg). I took a breakthrough med this morning (1/2 5/325 percocet) with my normal dose of flexeril for pain and stiffness. I am on 15 mg of the MS Contin every 12 hours. Thanks for telling me it may take some addjustments until the right dose is achieved.
I do think my doctor likes to deal with pain addjustments in person. Whenever I email him, he dances around my pain questions.
And you're right about the celebs. They tend to do things they aren't supposed to. And for starters, most of them aren't even in pain when they get these types of prescriptions in the first place! With Anna, I remember the news said that she more than likely kept taking the methadone because it wasn't working and then 3 days later all that methadone was released into her system. I have heard methadone has a longer half life and tends to work a lot better for pain. I wouldn't be surprised if I get to methodone someday. I will remember what you said and not be afraid.
Today I am going to try to do some house cleaning. I haven't been able to for the last couple of weeks and before that it has been excruiciating!! I was able to do it because I can't stand dirt and dust. And I haven't been able to give my preschooler a bath in 2 months (that's when I pulled or tore a ligament in my low back and couldn't get out of bed). Hubby has been helping with bathtime since. I'll let you know how it goes today. View Thread
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