After 22 years of dealing with the pain of Osteoarthritis in my neck my doctor finally put me on Percocet 10/325. This, of course, was after a tirade of why I should not be on pain medication even though I have been in a lot of pain for over two decades. I have just changed to a new doctor who has put me on Morphine (MS Contin) for the pain. I don't start taking it for 5 more days due to the fact that they didn't have it in stock. I don't know the dosage yet, but I do know that I will have to take it 3 times a day. I am very nervous after reading some of the posts in the group about being considered a "junkie". I am also Bipolar and on 40mg of Celexa once a day (which works better than anything I've taken in ten years after being diagnosed Bipolar... I swear I was a guienea pig for a decade) and the new doctor is also putting me on Flexeril in the hopes that it will help ease the pain in addition to the Morphine. In addition, I will be taking Tramadol for inflamation. I also have to take Zantac 150mg twice a day due to overwhelming heartburn. I will also be taking a sleep medication which I will not find out the name of for two more days. Without something for sleep, I toss and turn for hours before getting to sleep and then wake up every 45 minutes to an hour all night. I have taken Temazepam 30mg for 5 years but it is no longer effective alone so I have to take it with 2 200mg Advil PM's just to sleep so the new sleep med is necessary. This new doctor is the first doctor I have ever been to that has really listened to me and understood the situation I am in with both chronic illnesses. I am currently on unemployment and on CICP (Colorado Indigent Care Program) which reduces my doctor visits from $75 a visit to $7. It also reduces the cost of my medications from between 90% to 95%. At this point I have no choice but to trust in the new doctor. Am I out of my mind to be putting these medications together? Also, why does the medical profession put such a stigma on people with chronic degenerative pain? I once even actually had a doctor tell me he wouldn't give me anything for pain just due to the fact that I am Bipolar... like that makes me an automatic pariah and pill seeker. I hate the fact that I have to take pills for the rest of my life but the simple fact is that it is what it is... I cannot change it so I just have to deal with it. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Hotrock, just curious of what kind of doctor put you on these meds? A Pain Managment doc or your Primary Care physician? Pain managment docs know pretty much more about what they are doing. If you are uncomforatable with your new script, call you doc & have a conversation. Just a suggestion. Good luck.
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The combination of Tramadol and Celexa has a small potential to cause serotonin syndrome, as Trams have an SNRI quality to them. That does not mean you will experience it however.
The MS Contin should relieve your chronic pain. You may even be able to take two a day at first and see how you feel, perhaps you will be lucky and have relief from only two... it could happen!
You certainly are no pariah, and if a doctor makes you feel that way, run do not walk out of his/her office!!!
Best wishes and let us know how your new meds are working for you!
what works for one person does not always do the job for another, the doctor had me on MS Contin I was unable to take it BUT it was because my system did not seem to adjust to the dose, prior to that I was on Dilaudid, I got a fall and the medication lost its effectiveness because I had been on it for a good period of time and then I caught another fall after we had an Ice storm, I have been placed on another medication called Opana I take it every 8 to 12 hours and it seems to work well for me, ask the doctor about the tramadol, ask if he wants you to continue to use this with the MS Contin, my reason for saying this is this is also a pain medication, as long as you take the MS Contin and the other medication as directed by him you should be fine, also ask him if he wants you to take the Percocet it too is a shot acting pain medication, Just want to be sure that everything goes well for you, please feel free to keep us posted, My first name is Billy my site name is
I am 57years old, have had pain since the early age of 20 , the same time I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus, recently Fibromyalgia, anocolysing spondolosis, have had six spinal fusions now, and a couple of lamenectomies, crohns disease, IBD etc. and depression. So I do understand your pain to the max! I had to see so many doctors before finding one that would work with me, and not treat me as a "drug seeker", pill popper, whatever you want to call it, I dealt with it for years now.
I use to get "Kadian", a slow release morphine, however due to insurance company's refusal to pay for it, * cost" 1,987, per month, my co pay was 50. It worked wonders for for over 7 years and had just recently asked for an increase, I was fearful of even asking due to the "drug seeker" lablel, it was this forum that helped me to get over that fear, and gave me encouraged me to go forward with my doctor I've had for almost seven years, to my surprise and amazement, she agreed with increasing the dose. I also take Percocet 7.5/325, Zoloft 150mg at bedtime, and Valium twice daily for my Fibromyalgia, my sleep was restless, I would wake every two hours or so, and still do, however I am learning to deal with it, now here is my dilemia, I had to be switched to MS Contin, due to the insurance company, I am taking 60mg four times a day, initially it was three times a day, however the MS Contin would only last about 5 hours if I was lucky, just this month my doctor increased it to four times daily, and so far it has been so wonderful, I don't wake up as often, my percocet is ordered four times daily, now I find that I only have to take two a day, "jumping up and down for joy"!!! I know taking a lot of medications can be a pain in the rear-end, Doctors can be so judgemental, like sweetlemom I believe is the one who stated that if the Doc is like that, run as fast as you can to find a new doctor who will relate with your problem.
I will friend you, If you have any questions or just want to vent, or chat, or whatever you're feeling up too, just send me a personal message, and I will also send you my personal e-mail so we can chat more if you like.
I wish you all the luck in the world, and pray you will find some peace and a way to deal with your pain and Bi-Polar disease, not any easy problem for anybody who deals with what you're going through.
All my best, God Bless midwestma, BYW, read my profile, it will give you a short version of whom you're dealing with. OK> :)
you know no matter how scared you are you need to give it a chance, I felt the exact same way that you felt finaly I thought if it doesn't work then I can always keep track of the things it does that make it difficult to take, I would keep a journal daily then I could always give the doctor legimitate reasons of what it did and did not do, other than it being a medication that highly constipaed me
but otherthan that I adjusted to it and other than to try and balance that around they out me on dose of Opana and it seems to work well and the bowel problem seems to be a ting of the past, Well I just wanted to check in and let you know that I am starting to come around, I think I will be fine, this has just been a true shock and I think with some time things will come around.
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