... Dilaudid. I'm afraid of there being some sort of withdrawal or ill effects in changing. Has anyone been through this process?
Have no fear about any withdrawals or any other untoward side effects as far as your pain meds go. Personally, two and a half months ago, I went from 50 mcg fentanyl patches very other day for 10 days to 25 mcg every third day for 15 days to 12.5 mcg every third dayfor 15 days without any withdrawals at all. The only Pain Med I took was aspirin. Of course my pain level went froma 2 to about a 5, but nothing I couldn't live with... and I had no perc's. By the way "Congratulations" on the pain pump. Please keep us pain patints on here updated with your progress. You must be so happy!
Go Forth And Prosper,
The Happiest, Sweetest, Hoppiest Hippie,
Well I was close to having that pain pump implanted but I at the last minute the risks did not seem worth it, said no. Infection from the stuff that is implanted and fear that it would malfunction. I compared that to taking medication and the pain release that I was getting and it did not seem better. Yes I know how it can hurt when it is at its worst. When it gets really bad I'm ready to do anything to make it stop hurting. But looking at long term survival I wish I did not have to take anything because of the damage to my kidneys. This is a difficult decision and I will say look into this very carefully before you do it. If you can get by on just pills etc then don't. You must make this decision for you. Don't let anyone else push you one way or the other. Oh my goodness I know how much and how long it can hurt and just take your time to make this choice. I am glad I did not do it.
Sometimes the body can make some healing or at the least your mind can accept the pain levels but a foreign object in your body is well radical so decide well. Withdrawal is controllable. The most important thing to do is a slow and calculated shrinking of the doses that you are taking. If your Dr seems not to help as much as he/she should find another...
Sorry lemon flavor,
Seems we both misunderstood what the other was trying yo say. What I said to B is true. But also myy dear, an opiate is an opiate is an opiate. And instead of yours having to travel throughout the body, a smaller amount is deposited right where it needs to be. I would certainly not worry about infection, look at all of the pumps and pacemakers inserted every day... statistics are on your side. The docs aren't going to let u suffer. Don't worry, please. If it comes to that, I will have surgery too.
The Sorry Hippie,
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