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post #31 of 35
I'm sorry you are going through this. It's a pity doctors and governments are more concerned with a few adcits than many who are suffereing.
post #32 of 35
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
If you can get you hands on today's Wall Street Journal (or I can send you the article) there was an article about pain mgmt in light of the potential overuse of acetaminophen.
Thank you for mentioning that... I think I found it, is this the one you mean:
I've printed it off to take along with other documentations, to my next appt. As the use of tylenol is a huge concern for me. I've not treated my liver nicely, so taking Oxycodone which contains acetaminophen is a huge concern of mine.... I have to watch carefully what else I take (cold meds and the like). Even if my doc switched to Oxycontin, same opiod, no tylenol, and available in different doses, it would be a small step in the right direction. As it stands now, I take at least a minimum of 2000mg ace. a day

Thank you so much for pointing it out.

Originally Posted by sillyitiliangrl View Post
I just wanted to share with you my experiance with biofeedback. When I was a teen I was in a biofeedback program to deal with a horrible depression. I found it really wonderful at the time for my depression and still use some of the techniques I learned now.

My program focused on relaxation, I sit in a dark room with a sleep machine (I keep mine set to crickets or tree frogs) tense all the mucles in my body from my toes moving up to your sholders, then slowly release in the same direction, then take deep breaths through my mouth, and out through my nose for the rest of the session/time. I still do this today, usually for 15/20min and it really helps with my fibromyalgia pain.
Thank you so much for sharing.... I am definately looking into it, even if it doesn't help with the actual disabilities, it sounds like it would help dramatically for my stress levels, which in turn, would help with the pain issues. Thank you for sharing your experience
post #33 of 35
Actually it has been reported for years that acetaminophen is bad for your liver. Unfortunately for some of us it is something that can't be avoided.

I take more of it than they are now recommending. This is because the insurance company will no longer pay for the drug that I had been taking. Now to get the same relief I take the main ingredient in that and add two over the counter acetaminophen.

Also I take other drugs that can damage my liver. At one time I had to do labs every two months. Now that things are under control I am down to every six months.

The last time I tried to get my prescription for pain medication filled I was told that the insurance company did not agree with the dosage. I had to get the doctor to submit paperwork to get the dosage approved. They do this every six months of so. I have been on the same dosage for almost five years.

Yesterday I got a notice that I am now required to use the pharmacy that the insurance company has chosen to get one of my medications from.

There is a chance that this may not be possible because of the nature of the drug and the location of the pharmacy. If this is the case I will have to stop taking it.

This I will probably not upset me too much. Just don't mess with my pain medication!

In the past I have had conversations with my doctor and had to promise that I would not take the whole bottle at once.

I do understand pain. I hope that you can find a way to manage yours.
post #34 of 35
I just wanted to give you a big hug, Chris. I wish you the best of luck with your doctor and your stress levels and your quest for reliable pain management.
post #35 of 35
I'm actually really surprised that no one has raised flags about the meds I'm on - multiple, multiple docs writing them (not for the same med, but orthopedic surgeon early last year, primary doc, and 2 different neuros with one PA (for my permanent neuro) thrown in there too). But not too many pain pills, thank goodness. That may change...I need to talk to my neuro/PA about the amount of OTC pain meds (including 800 mg Ibuprofin that my PCP prescribed) I've been taking lately. I try to switch between Ibuprofin and Acetomenophen so I balance the risk of ulcers and liver damage. What a trade off! There's one that I have to jump through a little hoop for, in that they cannot prescribe refills on it. It has to be a new prescription each time. Luckily, she wrote it for 2x/day and I started out only taking it 1x/day on work days (it's an anti-fatigue drug) but now I am taking it 2x/day for workdays and 1x/day on weekends. Hopefully not using it as much as I could doesn't raise red flags too. Gosh, I hadn't thought of that before.

I understand why there are preventive measures in place for certain drugs, but seriously...people who need them shouldn't have to be paranoid or feel treated like criminals or jump through hoops to be able to get what they need. If they are under the care of good doctors, if they are willing to undergo whatever tests are necessary to prove they use the drugs the "right" way, I just don't understand why it's such a hardship. Then you see those with money like Anna Nichole and Michael Jackson who can and do get anything they want in amounts and combinations that even a layman knows is dangerous without any scrutiny until they are dead.
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