Hi all! I am brand new here & just asked a question like this last night... I think it was in a more "general" area of this website, though.(?)
I need to ask if anyone that takes long acting oxycontin, has ever had to substitute for the short acting IR, and how you did this, safely? (15mg. is what I have for my "breakthrough pain.) I'm in a terrible situation, and was unable to fill my 40mg. oxy. script before this weekend. ( I take 20mg. also that I don't have yet, either.)
For whatever reason, my wonderful pain doc. doesn't have an emergency service & only says go to ER for emerg. (which I feel in my area, won't be worth it~not great hospital.) He was 1st. doc. that actually believed that pain meds are made for those of us in "pain." Imagine that?! He's been terrific for almost 9 yrs, but it's terrible that he doesn't have emergency answering
So, no place to turn w/ this problem, until I can call Dr's office on Monday.
( family doc wanted no part of pain med from other doctor~which I get to a certain extent~but now what?) How do they leave a mother of 2 without correct med. after 9 years on this same amount of med.
Just because I ended up hurt, with "extra" pain,doesn't mean I want to be looked at/ treated like, I am right off the streets or something & I'm just taking this medication for "fun." It's so unfair. To live on such medicines for so much pain, is scary enough. Who needs to be judged by others who don't want to understand, at all.
Anyway, I appreciate anything anyone knows about any of this.
I'm a single mom, who's newly divorced & living w/ my parents now, who don't seem to" believe" in fibro./ or me having it, for some odd reason?
I do have other health issues, so I wish so badly, that they would educate themselves on fibro."before" judging. I don't quite get it? ( maybe it's just guilt, that 's covered up w/ their denial, as Dr's have ased why my pain, as a teenager, was never taken care of... don't know.)
I just know that I honestly need some support right now. This has been a difficult weekend~as I said, it's scary when you're a mom. Want to be "safe" as I can be. ( amazingly, I am also caring for our little doggie, who I picked up 2 nights ago, from the animal hosp.~we almost lost her. I am dealing w/ her needs~meds. & bandages, etc, etc... and then this happened w/ my own medication.
It was too soon to fill. I listened to my Dr. who suggested to take a few more if I had extra pain~that was caused by the most physical work I've ever done. I just moved most of what my kids & I owned, over past few months,out of my old home, after my divorce, myself! ( had trouble getting anyone who could help.) Needless to say, it was too soon @ the Rx, to fill my 40mg. oxy, and nobody would help there~even for the weekend.(?) Very odd to me, because I've been on same meds for almost 9 yrs. coming from same pharmacist. He was fearful of losing his license, he said.
( I do understand~but still lost, since I could never pay out-of pocket, as it was going to be $700.00! )
If anyone has any advice or words of comfort or wisdom, I'd be SO, SO THANKFUL, right now! I feel quite alone with this, as the adults in my house would not understand at all, I'm afraid. Maybe you have to live w/ this level of pain, to realize how serious it really is. (though I've come across some very kind people that don't have fibro. & they are more empathetic than my own family.) Nobody chooses to have this illness, do we?
Wow~I've written a lot. Sorry! Long day for me.
Would love any help at all, from fellow-fibro-family? Pretty please!
Fibromyalgia pain+ I'm out of long-acting pain med.for now~can I substitute w/ oxy IR, safely?Help!?
Hi all! I am brand new here & just asked a question like this last night... I think it was in a more "general" area of this website, though.(?)
Added 17 Apr 2011:
just a note~I tried to "edit" my post & I couldn't get it to work. Please excuse the lengthy post & words missing a few letters! thanks:)
You should be able to take oxyIR, but I wish you would have listed the other medications you take. I never want to guess at med for someone, but will tell you the IR stands for Immediate Release and it will be short acting, so you may need to take more at the appropriate time. If you are on other meds that slow the breathing, watch to make sure you are breathing normally. I am sorry you are going thru all of this. Sounds like you could use some support. You are welcome to stay here for that, but this is not a live chat room, on sundays, many who would answer you are in Church or otherwise engaged. It will pick up a bit later, I promise. Best of Luck, hope you get relief soon. Pattishan
I would take a steady dose of the immediate release 15 mg - keeping them four to six hours apart, just enough to keep you going. You could try taking one and one-half tablets, maybe two if the pain is really bad. Most important is to keep the doses going, not to let too much time go by - not more than six hours. It's hard to give this kind of advice - really scary on my part. Please, please, please be careful not to take any other sedating medications while you are doing this and only take enough to barely stand the pain. Tomorrow morning contact your doctor for further advice. Probably your regular oxycontin will be ok to refill by tomorrow and you'll be all right then. Just be careful, sure don't want you to stop breathing! Sounds like you are going through a lot emotionally - so sorry things are so tough for you right now.
Check with local churches for Mom's Morning Out - it's a once a week time for mothers of preschooler's - gives you a chance to interact with other moms and they usually have a topic for discussion. Sounds like you need some friends right now! Be careful not to isolate yourself from people - get out there and get involved with others your age. Keep busy, other than taking care of your children, and this will actually help lower your pain levels. Being distracted helps lower your pain and makes the time between doses of pain meds pass quickly. I wish you the best my dear -
hi i believe the other responses for u were great ia m really scared for u too plus even though your doc said u can take a few extra which i hate when they do that next time tell him will u please THEN contact my pharmacy so i dont go through this!it is ridiculous to have to suffer and such sounds like u need a support group chat site. it is beter to commuunicate thatn to isolate and such
anyways ia m on oxycontin 60mg 2 x a day and roxicodone which is the short acting one 3 - 4 times a day when i was out of my 60's i would just take one extra short acting one since u have them i know it stinks but u shouldnt have any withdrawal honey and such
it must be rough i remember when my son was small a nd i got DX and nobody believed me especially family it is sites like thsi one that got me thorugh
soundsw like we are on same meds.
hi there. Im am extremly sympathetic to your situation. Im sorry i cant help with the mes situatin because it will be monday and u can get intouch with him. But on the pain and no one getting it im right there with you. I have been in chronic back pain for over 10yrs. Ihave had four back surgeries with three fusions, permanent nerve damage. My mom is like just pray about it right exercise its all in your head. I feel like im being treated like an addict. Nobody gets how different our lives are and what we go through. Im also a single mother of two girls and it really sucks not being able to do everything they want. Anywho i hope i said maybe one good thing. Have a good one e-mail anytime.
Sorry I didn't get to your poty yesterday, & now today you are going to see your doctor. You need to make a list of questions to ask him in case this happens again. I don't see how you ran out of your script unless you are taking more than is prescribed. In that case your doctor needs to know how much more you are taking to control your pain. May I ask if fibromyalgia is the only cause of your pain? Seems like a lot of pain meds for just that. There are other drugs like Lyrica that has has good success for fibromyalgia. You should check into trying some of these. Neurotin is another one. Just some thoughts... Maey632009
I have Chronic pain but the doctor made a very interesting comment people with fibro and then people like me who have muscle and joint problems we have things in common, you see I have had Polio and then the delaybed effects which affect me and also cause me severe pain, I agree with Patti I take other drugs besides the Opana extended release, I take an anti-inflammatory which is Naproxen, if you are on any othr long acting pain medications or drugs for anxiety and depression then it adds concern to slowing you down more, to make an assumution that you are not causes great concern for you just like it could for me, You have a lot on your mind and believe me I can relate to being in that position, this is a sit filled with special people such as Patti (herself) Sweetlemon, ChristineATU, Pledge, Dave, Dzoobaby, Suzanne, Maso, New York Guy, Laurie Shay, these are only to name a few talented, compassionate people who if at all possible want to help you in ways that are unique, I have been in your same position of several years ago not having a doctor who had an answering service or any way to get hold of this person, it was either a visit to the ER or wait it out until he was back in the office, totally unacceptable, I am very blessed to have a physician who has complete records with my photo on a seperate system so that if I need her she then is aware of what has been going on, when you see patients from day to day once you leave the office without having a recourse of a system to inform you of what is going on it puts the patient in a bad situation, Oxy-IR as I understand it Immediately releases into your system, usually a long acting drug is given and then drugs such as these are given to you to take if you have an episode of breakthrough pain, If you are able to concentrate on a log that tells you how much pain you are having then this doctor may realize that your needs are not being met, honestly I can't tell you to look for another doctor but if you can't get the help you need then the question arises as to how much help is available, only you can answer is this something you can continue with or do you feel that you need to talk with the doctor about the current situation. We are happy and want to be of support to you here but we also want you to have what you need and to be the best you can be. Please keep us posted as to how things are, Don't ever be shocked on a Sunday as Patti said many of us attend Church services and we are not ignoring you at all if you will just give us a little extra time then, also I am sure others will be posting and be offering the advice that is caring Caringsongbj
Oxy IR and Roxicodone are the same thing. Both are short acting forms of oxycodone. OxyContin or Oxycodone ER are long acting forms of oxycodone. I hope by now you have your medicines. If the Dr allows you to take a few extra long acting pills he should write for those few extra. Usually most pain Drs dont like you to take extra long acting pills. I'm not sure that I understand how you take your meds. You have Rx for OxyER 40's and 20's? Do you take them at the same time to equal 60 mg? There is a 60 mg Oxy Contin pill. Usually these meds are to be taken every 8hrs or every 12 hrs. The oxy IR or Roxicodone are then used as breakthrough every 6-8 hrs as needed. I take 60mg OxyContin for my long acting and 30mg Roxicodone for shortacting. I have noticed a huge difference in my OxyContin since last September or so when they changed the formula to these pills to make them more resistant to abuse.
they dont work as well and they take longer to start working than they did before. I have taken OxyContin since I was hurt in 2004. I, too, have degeneration, a herniated disc, facet joint problems and fibro (never actually formally diagnosed but I have no doubt it is fibro) I was also a gymnast in my younger years and was told that it was the cause of a lot of the problems with my spine like the facets being so jacked! I have also had a lot of wear and tear from my years on the job too. That is where the herniation has come in plus most of my family have weak backs. Both my parents have had multiple surgeries and me and one of my brothers need to have surgery. People around me, like my husband, dont feel I should be in so much pain. He thinks I am just a weenie and should just shake it off and go on with what needs to be done. He thinks he hurts too and I make too much of my pain. I KNOW he doesnt hurt like I do if he thinks you can 'shake it off and ignore it'! People who dont live with this kind of pain cant understand!!! They have nothing that can make them relate. I have migraines too-have had them since I was a kid-I have heard more than one person make the comment that they have never seen someone get so sick with a headache before! People just dont understand chronic pain and how it wears on a person and make EVERYTHING sensitive! I feel for you because I know how slow time goes by when you are hurting and have nothing to take the edge off. It is miserable and every minute feels like an hour! You cant get comfortable and you cant sleep! Ughhh! I have been there too. Next time you see your Dr make sure he writes for a couple extras for you to have on hand or see if he will up your dose. You should be using your short acting for whan you need a little extra not your long acting drug. Are you sure he meant for you to take extra on your long acting? Usually it is the short, that is why it is :breakthrough" to get you by until your next long acting dose. Keep in touch and welcome aboard!
He coulod have helped u.he knooows how to do that.its not like anyone would know!r u saying u have some 15s?yes u can use those they will get u by forn the weekend.if not ask someone can u borrow theres.i dont nsee anything wrong with that.always keep u some pills put to the side.like when u get your script put 2 a side everytime.& when your dr tells u to take more next timen wait unntil he fills your next script.in dont know whyn drs say that knowing the patient will run out before time.go to the er anyway and tell them that u need a 2 day suppy.and take a written list of your med from the dr.if u have 1instead of the bottles with the dates.not unless u r with mayo then they will knoow.i cant stand mayo.but thos r your 2 options.
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