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Micheal Jackson and oxycontin {here we go again!!}

strakerstraker Posts: 1,824
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Chronic Pain
its sad the the self styled king of pop had gone {i remember him from the disco days in the 80s when i had a part time job as a bar man in a night club } anyway i digress as usual! .my point here we have what appears to be more abuse of oxycontin and i am sure that the authorities will make it even more harder for legitimate users like myself and others to obtain this very powerful and necessary drug .if used properly oxycontin is a superb pain killer but there will always be others that do abuse .what really pixxes me off is when you read in the papers or Internet reports they always say that oxycontin gives you a high blar blar blar..i have never gotten high from oxycontin because my brain is processing the pain signals and the oxycontin is busy destroying the pain ..my mum phoned me today after reading the report on oxycontin and MJ .and said do you know that stuff you take makes you high?? i had to tell her that given in the correct dose and to people in extreme pain it WILL NOT make you high and mt mum is an intelligent person but she was unable to understand why it will not make me high but would make others high ..so i had to explain the pain..V.. no pain subject .but most people reading about oxycontin and MJ will think that ALL the people that take oxycontin are junkies!! and we are not ..the papers should mention that the drug is safe when taken in the correct amounts and not mixed with any other strong pain killer or alcohol.and use for the purpose of controlling chronic pain...i am sad for Micheal family but not too happy that he has given a very important drug a bad name {again} ..


  • I haven't read the article or heard the news about it but here it comes.. Drs will probably be even more hesitant to prescribe it now..
  • This was my thoughts too, Straker.
    It's sad he is gone and left 3 children behind. So sad.
    And yes it is another strike against a very important pain medication. No they never mention how much good it does for chronic pain sufferers like us.
    I do not get high from it....just pain relief. What people do is crush it up and then take it or snort it and it gives them an instant high or rush a lot like Cocaine....as i understand it. It will also kill you doing it this way. They say you can become addicted to it but I have never had that problem. A Doctor told me that your pain absorbs the pain meds and you will not become addicted to it. I do believe that.
    Take it just as it is perscribed and it will not be a problem.
    I have tried other pain meds and can not take them or they do not work for me.
    I can't take Lyrica or anything like it. I had a very bad reaction to it. I really thought it was going to kill me. I wanted to call an Ambulance but my vision was so blurred I could not see the telephone. I couldn't even get out of the chair I was in!! I would try to rise and kept falling back down. I couldn't even talk!! OOps....sorry for the rambling.
    I am going to start e-mailimg or writing the news organization's and ask them to plezzzzz start letting prople know just how much good this med does people like us who would have to live in misery without it.
    Do any of you think that would do any good? How about if we all did this? I am sure people who think it should be taken off the market will do the same thing. We need to add our voice to all the bad press it is getting.
    Patsy W
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  • my life would be hell .because like many on here its the only drug that works i too carnt tolerate lyrica or those type of drugs nor can i take some other narcotics but oxy is fine with me ..i dont know about not being addicted to it .?? i know that i need it ever day but only for pain control as the pain without it is unbelievable i would end up in hospital for emergency treatment ..i think that a good doctor can sport an drug chaser and knows when there patient is a genuine case .my doctor deals with addicts for a large part of his job {he is the main drugs concealer for this area } but he also deals with people like me that are on terminal type drugs .he told me that even thou you dont have a terminal disease you are experiencing the disabling effects and pain that a cancer patient experiences .not a nice thought ...
  • I too take oxycontin for chronic head and neck pain. I'm uncertain if there is actually that much difference between addiction and dependence. I read somewhere its like comparing porn to erotica. Currently I take about 1.5 tablets per day. So I take approximately .5 tablets 3 times per day. At this level I still have pain but its the way it is and the way its going to be. If I increase the amount -say take one tablet at once- I do get more relief but I also feel it and I don't like the feeling. Most of the time I'd prefer more pain than feeling spacey. In fact increasing the dosage doesn't help that much other than adding a bigger distraction. I've found its easy to pop a oxycontin when I feel symptoms of withdrawal. I hate that feeling so much where you have this powerful urge to increase the dosage simply to eliminate the withdrawal symptoms. So managing the withdrawal becomes bigger than managing the pain. I find in order to back down or simply stay 'dependent' and not deal with withdrawal I make myself aware of how many tablets I'm taking and I regulate when I take them. At whatever point I'm at if I want to decrease my 'dependence' I slowly decrease from where I'm at. This self awareness and acceptance of my own condition is super imporatant IMHO. So for me an addiction might mean the process of simply taking the pills without staying regulated but taking them whenever I get an increase in pain/withdrawal.

    Perhaps MJ was trying to get off the oxycontin b4 his tour and the doctor was available to help him through it.
  • What has never made sense to me, is these celebrities have NO problem getting these drugs, and most of the time they don't need them. It's almost as though all the doctors in Hollywood are star-struck.... @) And the sad fact is, OUR doctors and therefore, cp sufferers are the ones that end up paying for the other doctors idiocy image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" /> (can't think of the word I was looking for, but I guess idiocy works). It makes me so angry... X( I just cant talk about it...
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  • i checked all news services on internet and all i could find was he was on demerol not oxy. not to worry it is still a narcotic which will make it harder for us to moon walk to our pain dr's and ask for narcotics. the insanity will never stop i am afraid.
    by by billy jean
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Michael Jackson was a chronic pain patient, just like you and me. He broke his back after falling off the stage during one of his concerts and has suffered chronic pain since. We need to be careful labeling someone a "junkie" just because he or she has to take narcotic medications. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't like that label on yourself.

    To be honest I'm not a big fan of MJ, not like I was when I was younger. However, I try to be careful when judging ANYONE who has to take medications for pain before I have all the facts. To do so is irresponsible and against all that we stand for as CP patients. No disrespect intended.

    The view from here,
  • and I thought I had it bad Im sorry you have all
    that pain and operations to go through
    I hope it gets better for you
  • yes he was taking pethidine but also he was taking oxycontin too {pethidine is Demerol} it looks like MJ was addicted to narcotics .there is now way he could have done 50 concerts if he were in the kind of pain that you or i am in on a daily basis sorry to say .Bridgie i am a little concerned that you say you are experiencing withdrawal whilst taking oxycontin ..have i got that correct?..this should not be happening unless you run out of medication ..by withdrawal do you mean your pain comes back before you are due your next tablet? if so talk to your doctor you may require BT
    {breakthrough medication } to have in between you medication } i take a 12 hour tablet but need to take an oxynorm tablet after about 6 hours to keep that pain away..i never have to take tablets because i am withdrawn .the only time i have experienced withdrawal was when i ran out of medication {because i forgot about a bank holiday and could not get my script from my doctors as he was closed }may i suggest that you talk to your doctor and as i have said in a recent post tell your doctor just how many tablets you need to take your pain away you may need to change meds or increase your dose
  • Though I do not live in Calf (I live in LA=Louisiana) my Dr seems to be freaked about DEA "audits" (?) that he so cautious about prescribing Lortab much less Oxy? How do the Calf Drs avoid those probelms during their audits?
    BTW a family friend knows on of my Docs nurses very well and asked her about the audit and she has said the Doc has never had any problems during his 15 yr practise?? So what's his probelm, his practise is Internist and Pain Management so I wonder what gives?
    C3-4-5 fusion 2005
    C-5-T-1 disk bulged
    L-4-5 bulge to the right, with Microdiscectomy, failed
    L5- Bi-Lateral bulge
    Pain in right foot -loss of feeling
    Left butt, hip and front thigh pain with bad shooting pain into inside ankle sometimes
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