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Medication Impact on Driving and Working



  • When I initially started taking opioid pain meds, I would only take them after I got to work or after I arrived at my destination and I wouldn't be driving for a while. After the "loopy" effects wore off I take them whenever I need them. They don't effect my motor skills, timing, etc. All they do is take the edge off the blinding pain.
  • It goes straight to the pain and most definately not to my head. Sometimes I wish it did though!

    I think if I were not in severe pain, I would definately be more suseptible to the euphoric side effects of drugs and alcohol.

    I would be a cheaper date too! :))(
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  • Taking medications for chronic pain while at work is protected under the ADA?
  • My heart goes out to you....I felt your pain through your post. I don't know how you do it, I am in pain all the time but do not have to care for small children or work. I just don't know what to say but that it's so unfair that you have to have this pain and do all that you do. My children are grown and I remember the days when they were small and how hard they were and I had no chronic pain then....God bless you.

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  • This post came to mind. I avoid driving while on medication, if my son is in the car. My husband was called in to work, and was not able to come with me. I chose not to take my medication.

    As I was driving, the pain consumed me. It came to mind, that maybe I was not in a position to drive. Now, my doctors office was only about 10 blocks away. But I was in pain, and agitated. Was I really in a better condition to drive?

    I am glad that this topic has been brought up. Its given a lot of information for and against. While I try to avoid taking meds when I drive, in the future, I think I will plan a little better. Now I am "chasing pain" and regretting it. Maybe waiting a few hours after taking meds, then driving (If I have to)

    Alina (asmith) honey, I feel for you so much. You and I are two peas in a pod! I only wish you lived closer to me!!! I deal with the same dilemma everyday of my life. And I know that I am in for a ride now being pregnant. I know from experience, there isn't a doctor around that wants to take the responsibility of a pregnant woman who has these issues. All I can do is hope that I can find the right doctor to take over my care.
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  • Very well said. I am a single mother, two boys 9&11 and I work 45+ hours per week. I have no choice but to work, my injury happened at work and WCB won't approve me being off.

    As another person said, Lyrica was the one that affected me. I couldn't and didn't drive on it, I actually went off it for that reason. I can't plan ahead for when I need to drive as I am on call 24/7.

    In my experience, you right about how someone looks at a cancer patient and their right to pain medication. I had uterine cancer 5 years ago and no one questioned the fact that I took pain medication then.
  • Saying not to drive while on pain meds or meds related to pain would be statements from people who DO not suffer from chronic pain. I mean come on get real that means to us who have chronic pain we loose our INDEPENDENCE also.

    I have to totaly disagree with this issue, I believe its up to each individual to know if they are impared from their meds or not everybody tolerates medication differently. I f you have chronic pain everyday to where you are on a monthly script and contract then you probably don't have the choice of taking pain meds 24/7 or not, but you do have the choice of overmedicating or not.

    If your at a point where you are loopy from your meds then it is to much, or maybe not the right med. I am more than proud to say that I know when a dose is to high and will lower it to avoid the high from pain meds.

    But to if my pain is bad to where I have to up a dose of pain meds then it only makes since not to drive.
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