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Unread 11-08-2004, 09:50 AM
Pain Management

I just wanted to thank all those who responded to my last post. Since then Ihave seen a Pain Management Specialist. He will be doing an Epidural procedure called a Lumbar Sympathetic Block which may help my pelvic pain. Until then he has me on a Morphine patch,w hich keeps me completely drugged up. I can't do anything but sleep all day long.
I was hoping that some of you have been through pain management and may have some suggestions for me. You are all in my thoughts and prayers
-Kelly
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Unread 11-08-2004, 01:25 PM
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I just got started on "pain management" through a GYN specialist that currently has me on MS Contin twice a day and Percocet 7.5every 4-6 hours for breakthrough, which I take every 4 at this point. I go back to see him next week and I have a feeling that he will send me to pain specialist. I just don't want to have to have any more things "stuck" like epidurals...I am tired of invasive procedures. PLEASE let me know how it works and how the morhpine patch is working for you, the dosage, how often do you change it, etc.

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Unread 11-08-2004, 04:00 PM
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I have used the patch before and it helped a lot for the pain, but I found it caused me HORRIBLE constipation. Nothing I took could keep me from getting stopped up. They were also terribly expensive, so I opted to stop using them and take oral meds instead. They are more affordable and don't do such a number on my colon. I tried Methadone, which I had side effects from. Then I switched to Dilaudid every 2.5 hours for pain and I also take Demerol for break through pain. I also take Naltrexone to counteract the addictive nature of the narcotics. When I stopped the patch cold turkey, I had NO withdrawl symptoms whatsoever. The Naltrexone is a new thing and it is wonderful. Before I was so scared to take the narcotics because I did not want to become dependant on them, but now I know that I can take them for my severe pain and know I am not getting hooked on them.

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Becky
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Unread 11-08-2004, 04:40 PM
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Kelly,
I currently use the Duragesic patch for pain control. I've been using it for quite some time now and it doesn't make me feel drugged up, it just helps ease the pain. I also take darvocet for breakthru pain, which is about every evening. I think I have breakthru pain because I'm only on the 25mg patch. I am very small framed and I was having some side effects from the 50mg so we opted to go back to the 25mg and stay there.

I really like the patch as I have a very sensitive stomach and don't tolerate oral meds well.

It's been my understanding, from things that I have read, that your pain control should do just that, control your pain. If you're feeling doped up than the med probably isn't the one for you. Also, it can take some time for your body to adjust. I don't think it's unusual to have some symptoms at first, given some time some of the side effects may go away.

It can be trial and error trying to find the med that's going to work for you. I have nerve damage and have tried various nerve meds to try and ease the pain also.

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