Make Mine Coffee wrote:Susan- One hydrocodone can take all of your augmentation away?
Ann, how is this possible? I mean, how can severe augmentation respond so well to a medium potency opioid and I am taking 8 mg doses of Dilaudid with only partial relief of leg symptoms?
Susan, I say if hydrocodone works so well for you- TAKE IT!
Yup, that's what Dr. B said to me in an email. Take the opiods. Of if my primary doc is too weird about narcotics, try tramadol.
I don't know why 1/2 to 1 of the lowest dose hydrocodone works for me. Possibly because I have a very high (and scientifically documented) natural tolerance to pain. Possibly, as my doctor says, because I am very sensitive to medications in general. Or possibly because I quit the Requip within a week of the symptoms getting worse - as soon as the symptoms started to get exponentially worse. And I ignored the nurse who told me to just take it at a lower dose.
Last night and today have been difficult, though. I didn't have any sedation from the Vicodin, and I could tell that the symptoms were right on the edge of breaking through. And today I've been having horrible leg pain. I just have to try to keep distracting myself from it. It's only been a week since my last Requip, so I'm hanging in there.
Emily, people are so different in how we handle meds. You need to keep advocating for better symptom control. I know that's hard! It just makes me ill how the medical profession is so terrified to treat pain. Fortunately, there are always other doctors out there, and I'm not afraid to "fire" my doctors if they're not working with me. They exist to help me, not the other way around, and if they won't prescribe what I need because they're terrified of the DEA, then it's time for a new doc. I went through years of misery with my vertigo and inner ear damage before I found a doctor who was willing to actually TREAT the condition with benzos. He just deals with the DEA, and I had to go in yearly for my annual "DEA checkup." He made no bones about it that he didn't really need to see me if my symptoms were under control; it was all to comply with the DEA. I was a good lab rat for the medical students, too, because my case was interesting.
I'm really getting cynical about the American health care system. It seems like the government is increasingly interfering with on legal health care. My kids had colds a couple weeks ago and I couldn't believe what I had to go thought to get pseudoephedrine. Cold medicine!!!
Apparently a lot of people who have chronic pain lie about being addicted to heroin so that they can get into methadone programs. Because they can't get pain meds from their own doctors. Something is wrong with our system.
OK, I'm done ranting for now. I'm going to bundle up and take my dog for a walk.