A good day for me? Well a good day for me would start waking up naturally, not because of my pain. That hasnt happened in some time. It would be a day where I can do things because my pains are low, and I have less pain because I can do things. You know, one of those days where you cant tell if you took your meds because the levels are low. I would spend a good day with my children making up for some lost time.View Thread
Took the words right out of my mouth. People who take meds to get high, get high on them. People who take them for the body to use in its fight for peace, well they just dont get you high. Right now I take 180 mg morphine 2 times daily. And its what the drug allows you to do that important. I was able to work, raise 2 boys as a single dad. I also got another degree.
Medically just to give you some idea of where I am, 2 failed back surgeries, DDD, a burst colon, sepsis from fecal contamination, 3 colostomy surgeries, a month in an induced coma with my gut laid open, couple of heart events and high blood pressure just for good measure. Oh and now my intestines seem to be closing up due to scar tissue.
Try to give sociaty the bird. When ever you see some guy on tv talking about morphine the background graphic is usually some guy from the civil war laying next to a pile of legs. They dont show Joe, sitting at his computer designing the latest, greatest cpu, or consulting (thats what I did).
I hope all goes well. I know I needed a lot of support. What ever she chooses to do, stick with her, no matter how you feel. I get real hurt when my family starts telling me how I should deal with my medical issues.View Thread
Boy I have been thru that. Worst part is it gets hard to play with the kiddies.
First the doctor works for you. Most doctors are finding themselves with no customers. No one can afford this stuff. And then they treat you like an idiot. I live by the old saying, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." I continually bitch. But in a professional manner.
I have a wierd case. My back which was my main pain. Then I got misdiagnosed when my colon burst. I was diagnosed with constopation, but was far from it. A month in a coma, couldnt see my boys at all, whom I raised, not the mother.
To keep the boys on top of things I had a friend get me some of those toy medical kits. When I had a doctors appt at the hospital, I had one at home with my boys. My doctors were fine with my boys comming to my appointments. I think one of the best things I did was get them involved. Then they understood that I wanted them to sit on my leg, but it was just too painful. NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM, just my wires were crossed and my legs were shorting out.
This whole opiate thing is nuts. I had something really good. Avinza. A real 12 hour dose. Which was great. five tabs a day and I was done. Now my doctor has me on morphine. He tells me Im too young, at 54 to be on this amount of meds. You know beside the back and the colon, I had some heart events. Heck why not. Keep things mixed up. Variety is the spice of life they say. So I tell my doctor I am not worried about the future, I am dealing with todays pain. Hes concerned I wont be able to get enough meds in the future. Im not worried about the future. Science hasnt let me down yet.
Get into a pain group if you can. Stricktly pain management. And if you can attend the groups. I go to the same groups I have been for 10 years. I could easily run the group. What I cant believe is how many people do not take advantge of this. The more people you know, the better your foundation of support.
As far as the doctor If all else fails have them admit you. And keep in mind, you are not doing anything wrong. But try to be positive on your meetings. Show your doctor ANY progression you make. Docs dont mind scripting for people who dont just sit at home. Its a 2 way street. Be as honest as the day is long.
But most of all, take advantage of the floor. Its a great place to hang with the kids. See the world from thier point of view
Thats what it took for me. I didnt even know there was such a thing as a pain group. But when I was laying in my hospital bed with staples from stem to stern and a new colostomy and I was complaining about my back pain. Finally I got on the right track and its been going on 7 years with this one doctor.View Thread
I have been in and out of this group for years. Been dealing with pain since I was born. Oh well.
To sum it up, DDD, disk buldges, failed lamy surgery, Diverticulitus, peritonitus, a month and a half in coma due to burst colon, colostomy, colostomy removed, hernias repaired and some other stuff. I have been playing this game for years. Even in a coma, I still had halucinations about my pharmacy.
So needless to say, I take some opiates. Big deal right? But lately it has been a big deal. Im getting my script turned away at pharmacy because "were out of stock with a 3 week back order." The other is "we cant afford to keep a stock on hand. Now this wouldn't be an issue IF my doctor didn't wait until I was out. I get my new script on my last dose from my old script. And of course the thing is a triplicate.
Yesterday, I get my script. Drop in on every pharmacy around town just to get turned away. And I live right in the middle of silicon valley. I am sitting here waiting because they could only fill 3 days worth. That will run me out Sunday.
I asked my pharmacist to see if they could phone in some norco or something. I had quit using the short acting meds as I didn't like the "in between feeling"
Are there any others out there feeling the pinch? I have read about a morphine shortage and discontinuation but what are we to do. I know theres better stuff out there but its also 3 times the price.
Is there a morphine shortage, or is this company driven to raise prices even moreView Thread