I also have RA neurapathy, fibromyagia. They feel since I am terminal and those meds they use for RA and fibromyalia will put me in complete iver failure. I recently woke up in ICU. My Kidneys failed too. No one knows why accept that my liver isnt functioning so mykidneys are taking a beating. They got me stable but my Dr feels it will hapen again. Im scared to death t take my meds now but Im also in such horrifc pain I feel I have no quality of ife if I cant take my meds. No one referred me to a kidney specialist after 2 weeks in ICU. They didnt really give me a reason why it happened and if it is going to happen again, but my pain Dr said w out dialysis it will happen again. Now he is stuck on what is safe to give me and there is such a problem getting opiates in my area due to all these knew laws from the DEA! Im on MS contin and dilauded. I am still having pretty serious flank pain where my kidneys are, so I do not know what I should or shouldnt take?
Ask your PCP to refer you to a nephrologist (kidney specialist) He will tell you what meds you can take. Sometimes it does get down to what is more harmful, letting the pain go untreated or the damage the drugs can do to the liver and kidneys. Usually anything with acetaminophen is out. Morphine is usually acceptable but see if you can talk to a nephrologist. He can give your pain doc some guidance.
You are at a point when the DEA would leave you alone, and you have a right to have your pain treated. You also have a right to know exactly what is going on. If you are truly terminal, you may be able to get into hospice. They are very good with managing comfort. At the least I would demand to see a nephrologist.
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