It's been awhile I hope everyone is doing well and happy
This past weekend I had to do a urine test for my cardiologist and it required me to stop taking my percocets for 4 days and no caffeine and the like and he substituted it with Dilaudid.
It's a good thing I thought ahead to plan on my husband calling in sick..oh my! I wanted to crawl OUT of my skin and run into traffic. I have been on percocets for a slid year now, about 4-6 a day along with flexeril and 1800mg ibuprofen so my body was not happy. The pharmacist assured me I would not suffer any withdrawls, he said that since I was replacing it with another narcotic it would be no change. Maybe on paper it doesn't but lordy lordy I was a crazy lady. The good thing is...my pain was drastically decreased! Can you believe that? I took the first pill at 8am (4mg) and I was ok till about 1230 or so. This went on for 4 days then I just switched back to the percs. My mood is not good. By not good I mean I feel sad and no patience and my back kills and my hip is thumping. On a pain scale atleast 8/10 with no relief.
I went back to my family dr, she is the one who prescribes my meds and I mentioned to her what the cardiologist had done (and I even brought the bottle with the spare ones left, I didn't take all of them)and I told her how I felt and she gladly switched me over. She mentioned how it will be easier on my bowels (major issues) and my heart (more issues) and she said that yes I was having withdrawls. Now I am wondering WHY if this is "easier" on my insides, why in the world didn't we do this a year ago? I never knew that tylenol would hurt you and I have been reading up on percocets and thought oh my!
Also, I stumbled across something I thought I should share. If you are on any anti seizure therapy you should be sure to take vit d and calcium as the meds affect your bones. I was never told that. As I child and teen I was on Tegretol cr for rouhly 17 yrs..go figure! Ugh.
I also have some of my medical records and I have a question for all you veterans,upon reading a report from a neuro it states "he is concerned about a central cervical spine lesion". I have read that that coudl be ms. Good grief. I have lower back issues (2 3 4 5 and s1..and just recently out of nowhere my neck ar 5 6 7) I am waiting for the neck mri but I'm scared.
I'm sorry for such a jumbled up post and my grammar isn't the greatest but I'm sure you guys can understand what I'm saying. lol And also, taking dilaudid for an extended period, is that ok???