I'm a bit new to the medication side of things- I just do not like the way I feel on meds so they have never played a huge role in my pain management. But, seeing as I've slowly and surely worked my way through the non-med PM options I was hoping to get some basic info from you guys regarding the benefits/side effects of extended release meds versus short acting.
I've always been managed on short acting opioids. To me, the benefit is that I don't *have* to take it (ie, no physiological tolerance issues), and it allows me to have times when I am not on medication. I feel like I might be shooting myself in the foot with this approach because I do get very druggy feeling when I take it because I don't have tolerance. It is also leaving me with large chunks of time when the pain is not as adequately managed as I would like.
I was wondering if the ER formulas actually cause less of a druggy feeling and leave you feeling more normal since there is a constant level of medication in the system? I was also wondering if you have less side effects with the ER (I have n/v issues with most short acting opioids)?
I guess I was just curious for those that have been on both regular and ER opioids, which do you prefer and why? For whatever reason I'm feeling pretty scared about switching to an ER formula, but I don't want my fear to cause me to miss something that could be better than how I am managing now. My doctor is of course making all the medication decisions, but he is very good to allow me some input...Thanks