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Back from our trip - what a painful experience!

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Chronic Pain
Well, guess I might be trying some new meds.. Don’t want too, but my doc won’t give me enough of what I’m taking to work well. Makes me so mad. Went to Vegas/Nascar/Gambling/etc for the last 12 days and tho it was fun, all that walking just killed me. I’d wake up in the middle of the night with a pain level of 10+ on the rictor scale! I had to take my meds every 4 hours instead of 6 cuz I just couldn’t take it. One of the casino’s we camped our RV at also had a heated pool and hottub. I’ve never been in a hottub before, but thought it might help. I thought I would die the next day. Every joint and gasket hurt so bad I was in tears till my lortab kicked in. We moved to the Las Vegas Motorspeedway and camped there for 5 nights and I was bummed cuz I couldn’t get to any of the venue’s or practices because then I’d have to take extra meds. I just don’t know why they won’t give you what you need! Besides all that, they put my dad in the hospital while I was gone, and we are pretty sure he has some type of colon cancer. They haven’t given the complete diagnosis yet, but that is gonna be hard to deal with. Not hard cuz I like the guy, cuz I don’t. Hard because he is the most vile creature (besides my brother’s mother) that I’ve ever encountered. Never met anyone quite like either of them. Hard cuz me and little bro have to take him to the doctor, get their groceries, all this crap. What did they do for me as a kid? Well that would be tough cuz I don’t remember most of the first several years other than the old lady beating the hell out of me till I couldn’t breathe almost every day and him shooting every dog and horse I ever had and loved. Yeah, I’m pretty excited to be helping them out now in their old age… I can barely take care of myself. Oh well, enough of that. I’m real nervous about trying a different pain med. I know she wants to try morphine, but that has just never worked for me after surgeries, not a drop. They always have to switch me to lortab because I am just dying of pain on morphine. Wierd. I don’t know what to do about that… Guess I’ll find out on Thursday.


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Sorry your vacation didn't work out so well for you. I hope the sun was at least good for you. Maybe your Dr. will try something else. It sound like you needed Ice not heat.
    Good luck, Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • :D :D :D Well, aren't we just a happy bunch of spinies tonight (LOL!)

    I know how much you looked forward to that vacation and having to have that monkey on you back (pain) the whole time certainly wasn't any fun.

    I'm surprised to hear the hot tub didn't help you, but, Howie's right, you probably did need an ice bath, not heat, to help with the inflamation and help the nerves quiet down. But, you went, even in pain, so that says something about your determination to claim your right to happiness!

    You have a right to feel resentful about your situation with your dad =; . The fact that you're stepping up to the plate to assist someone so undeserving shows that your childhood didn't take your good heart away from you.

    I'm sending good vibes your way that the new doctor will be able to get your pain under control with a medication you can tolerate well.

    Take care,

  • Im sorry to hear that your childhood was so terrible.I hope you dont mind me saying but "what goes around comes around" and they will get theirs. It might take awhile but it always has a way of working itself out. I came out of an abusive relationship and my ex has had nothing but bad luck since I left him.

    I too am going on vacation (Ocean City, MD) in August and am scared stiff. A 6 hour car ride is not my idea of fun exspecially with three kids fighting in the back seat. I am looking forward to the sun though, but not all the walking, I had to purchase a wheelchair for times like these. I really don't want to be in one since im only 40 but I refuse to ruin my vacation and everyone elses by being in excusiating pain.The kids dont seem to mine as they fight over who turn it is to push me(push me off a cliff) ha ha!!!I had to come to the realization that this is life and if I want to do things Im going to have to learn to not overdue it and use my chair when need be. My husbands friend jokenly calls me the hottest cougar in a wheelchair!!!Life is what you make of it. When God gives your lemons you make lemonaide.As for the pain meds, if doc isn't listening maybe its time for a new doc. My friend went through 3 before she had a doc that would listen to her. You cant fully understand until you experience the pain for yourself and even then it's different for everyone. Hope you get it under control and try not to overdue it.
  • Have an awesome time! You know I considered the wheelchair thing too, Jeez, I hate to do that but I guess it may come to that...
    Unfortunately in Utah there aren't a lot of pain docs to choose from. This is the only place I know of anywhere near where I live - so I'm pretty much stuck in this deal...
    Oh well, at least spring is on it's way and that means warmer weather and a little less pain hopefully!
  • Sorry to hear you had so much pain.

    We went on a cruise two springs ago and it was the same for me. I could go during the day, just ignore or fight it off, but come dinner time I was pretty darned unhappy camper, I spent 5 nights laying in that crappy cruise ship bed with my mp3 blaring in my ears, awake from the pain and blocking out my wifes snoring....

    And yet, I'll bet you are just like me. Offer me another cruise, and I'd be on the boat tomorrow! especially if it was Alaska....oh, I so loved that cruise. I don't need pictures those memories will be burned in my mind till old age or death takes them from me!
  • I'll do it again next year I'm sure.. I missed a lot of camping trips last summer, but I ain't doing it this year - I'm going if it kills me! I hate missing out on living. I see my doc today, guess I'll see what that brings. I wish I could just convince her to let me have a pain pill every 4 hours, what a blessing that would be - life would be good! I don't understand why they are so stubborn or jerks about it?
  • I really am glad you are back, and got to go out and live again. Sorry you had to come home and deal with the crap you avoided for so long.
    -missed talking to you
  • That's the spirit! You're going camping next year. I'm sorry you're having break through pain. Have you tried slow release medication? Good luck with your appointment and hope you get some pain medications. Do you have a massage unit or heating pad to help? Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I have not, that is what she wants me to try some type of morphine ER. I have known a couple people using it tho and they seem pretty zombied out, that is not who I want to be. Also, after surgeries, they do the morphine and it never works at all, so they put me on lortab and then I get a ton of relief
  • Mouse said:
    I have not, that is what she wants me to try some type of morphine ER. I have known a couple people using it tho and they seem pretty zombied out, that is not who I want to be. Also, after surgeries, they do the morphine and it never works at all, so they put me on lortab and then I get a ton of relief

    The after surgery Morphine never does the trick for me either, near as I can recall they had me on dilaudid the whole time I was in after the shoulder replacement thing.

    Like you seem to be saying Hydrocodone works better for me than Oxy/percocet, which helps the pain but gives me a major headache, I have to take ibuprofen when I take Percocet or Oxy, or shut myself in DARK ROOM and wait out the pain.

    Be careful with heating pads, especially the microwave grain ones! They can produce severe burns and depending on our nerve function we won't even know it is happening. Ron has mentioned his fiasco with one of those pads, they do feel wonderful. I recomend a small plug in pad if you are going to place it somewhere flat and can sit or lay on it. The electric ones shouldn't pose the same burn threat as the microwave pads can.

    That being said, I have a microwave wheatgerm "worm" that is great for laying across the back of your neck and around your shoulders. I don't use it much cause I can never find it!
  • She apparantely had pulled some of my surgery info and said... So, morphine doesn't seem to work for you? Uhm, ya that's what I told you before... She said, well we'll just keep you on what your on now then. I said isn't there any chance you can up me just one pill a day? No way baby - ain't happening... I said the 2 hours in between is just horrendous when it wears off, I am like teary eyed. Bummer...
    I have a close friend that is the only person I even talk to about these issues, she is funny, she says jeez, ya wonder if people are holding up those pharmacies to get the drugs and sell them or take them, or if they ever do it to help relieved their loved ones in pain that cannot get a doctor to take proper care of them. Interesting concept, I of course know that is not the case, but it was kinda funny...
  • I have a heating pad I use sometimes on the recliner at home, my pain is in my lower back and non-stop scatia, but it only works so-so... Guess I'm just a whoos. No, I just want to do to much, how can you stop??? I have a farm of rescue animals to take care of, my beloved horse, my family, love cooking, love gardening, and sickly parental units to deal with, and I want to find time to play with my new grandson despite also working 40 hours a week at a job I despise! What do these doctors think, life is just rosey? LOL! Ya, I'm on one...
  • I am so sorry to hear about your childhood. :'( I have two boys and could not even imagine hurting them like that. Although I would like to lock them in their rooms sometimes for some piece and quiet, no arguing for five minutes. But jeez, I am so sorry. No one should ever treat children that way.

    It does say a lot about you though. For your parents to have put you through that and you are still helping them out and taking care of them. You are a good, strong person.

    I am going on vacation at the end of the month, east coast, to see my dad/stepmom. We normally have to drive half way and then stop and get a room and drive the rest the next day. I can not handle the full car ride at one time. Not to mention my 13 year old and 7 year old in the back seat going at it like rattlesnakes! :) It is amazing how mean two bros can be to each other one minute and the next they are watching a movie and sharing candy! lol

    I hear ya on the meds wearing off. You read my post and saw what I got myself into though. I am really hoping this new PM gets me on something better to control my pain so I am not having to take more than directed. Oh and not to mention, my left arm is now starting to fall asleep all of the time, like my right one did before I had surgery! So I am assuming something is pinched again. UGH!!!!
  • I was on a high dose of ms contin and I didn't feel too zombied out. But I have more relief with oxy ER and the recent injections I just had helped also. I'm sorry your Dr. can't help you out.
    I'm sorry to hear you have to look after your parents who weren't there for you. I had a similar childhood and it isn't easy. Have you had any injections that may help? Best wishes for all you do and that's great your're fostering animals. Keep up the good work. Is there a chance you can get a second PM Dr. consult just to see what they would offer you? I've been to 3 PM Drs and have the best results with my third Dr. although my Primary Dr. looks after my meds. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I get cortizone injections in my hip socket every few months, that helps with that pain, but that's it. No other PM docs in Utah near where I live. It's the pits.. The parents, the parents, don't even want to get into those beasts today... They are driving me nuts.
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