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Advise on ER pain meds

deerejohnddeerejohn Posts: 19
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Chronic Pain
Its been a long time since I last made a post. Herniated disk L5-S1 in '04 and again in '07 along with L4-5. Had been getting worse with DDD and I had a doctor stick a needle in a little to far on my 7th injection and have been walking with a cane since. I had a discectomy & laminectomy march of last year but it was a day late and a dollar short. I also started to leak spinal fluid 2 weeks post op from the tear from the aformentioned "botched" shot. I have continued to slowly worcen as far as pain goes. I used to take 30mg oxycontin every twelve hours 2 years ago but I decided to go back to taking norco because I quite drinking and wanted a change. I've been on 10-325 Norco times 8 a day since surgery and it help's my day to day pain ok at best, but when I have break though pain it doesn't cut it and doesn't last long enough. I have "flare ups" I call them about 3-4 times a month; I'll get up from sitting, sneeze, face west or whatever and the crippling back and leg pain comes back and I'll be out of commision for a day or two of extra pain, then it get's better, but I never get back to a pre-flare up pain level. Any way, my PCP wanted to put me on the BuTrans Patch but MaineCare wouldn't aprove it till I try "perpherd meds", 3 diffrent types of morphine ER's, fentanyl patch or methadone. In the past I've taken OC and norco but I really don't know enough about any of these. I've had both morphine and fentanyl in the er via an iv bag but I know pills and patches must be a diffrent type of relief. And I've seen some high school "friends" that live off of methadone from the clinic. What thoughts or experiences have you all had with morphine ER, feantanyl patches or methadone?


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    I was using fentanyl for quite awhile. It's been a long time ago. So I'm not remembering the side effects that made me quit. Other than irritation rash. Which was enough I guess.
    I've been using methadone for a long time. Your body dose have to get used to some side effects. But it has worked well. But like anything else. I think you get a tolerance to a med. And need to change it up.
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  • I was on morphine er for about 4 months and although it worked OK it didn't hold a candle to oxycodone that I had been on for a long time and worked well for me. The Morphine caused my personality to change which was not a good thing so when I got back to my home state I went back on the oxycodone. The ER version of morphine was given 1 tab every 8 hours which helped my pain during the night time. You will also need something for break through pain.

    Have no knowledge of the other 2 drugs you mentioned. The morphine ER was expensive for me to get through my insurance.
  • I have taken many pain meds. My body has a high tolerance for medicines so I have to get mine adjusted quite frequently. I tried norco which didn't work so good for me. I currently take a morphine xr and oxycontin. I have tried fentnyl patches but experienced some very uncomfortable side effects, strange cause I have never had that happen. So I had to go back on morphine and oxycontin. Those work fairly well, the patches worked great before I had to quit using them. You should at least consider the patches. If you don't like them you can always go back. You have to remember that no medication will make the pain totally go away, the most you can hope for is that they take the edge off and make your pain more tolerable. Just like taking a nsaid for a headacje. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
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