... "breakthrough pain". What exactly is breakthrough pain? Is it how I feel when I over-do it and vacuum the whole house?
Break through pain is pain experienced while taking a longer acting pain medication. In other words, while taking a long acting pain medication you still experience some pain, then an additional medication maybe prescribed for that. If you over do it and vacuum the whole house that is more like asking the long acting med to do more than it can and having to resort to more pain medication. I recommend you break the chores up into smaller, more manageable pieces so to not hurt the body anymore.
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laurieshay explained breakthrough pain very well and that is exactly what bt pain is. I generally have more trouble than most with the breakthrough pain because I forget to take my long acting medications at the same time every day. That is my big problem, and since one is never to late to learn, I am working vey hard on it. It is that time right now, so off I go.
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I agree with Laurie & Laura. Usually it is prescribed for pain that breaks thru you normal tolerance of the pain you have. Unfortunately my is consistant. No long acting pain meds for me or I would be house bound. Instead I do what I have to do & then take my pain pill & relax on the heating pad... Mary
Breakthrough pain can be a sign that you are building a tolerance to pain medication. However doing a bunch of housework can be thought of as a trigger to your breakthrough pain and additional pain medicine would be needed to get the same amount of relief. As suggested you may want to break up your routine. Or relief may be found form a lesser dose of a different narcotic.
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