I have been gone from here for a longggggg time (6 to 8 months).
Hopefully now that I got our current life "crisis" under control I can come back much more frequent.
My biggest issue at the moment is how long it is taking me to get my body to what I call my base level of pain. I am never pain free but I do reach a level that allows me to do things I can't do out of that range.
However it takes me aprox 5 to 6 hrs every day to get to that range. If I take more meds when I first get up then I get so sick to my stomach with or without food/milk etc. (I've tried everything) that I end up having to lay down any ways & I've wasted a dose of meds. So I have to take 2 pills to be at a "OK" level - as in so I am not gasping in pain with every move.
Then I have to wait aprox 4 hrs to take 3 more pills (after a small meal) to reach a base level of pain. That allows me to go to grocery store, go to Drs, get hair cut, take dog to vet etc etc. NOT all the same day! I do 2 at the most 3 things a day at base level. Then aprox 4 hrs more into the day I take 2 to 3 more pills and those allow me to do easy things, like cook a quick meal, take a shower etc.
I do have many days that I never reach my second base level of pain control though.
So every day I "waste" 5 to 6 hrs waiting to really begin my life......sigh
While I am waiting for the second dose I try SO hard to do things I enjoy. Like go to facebook, take a computer class etc., things that won't task my body. However I find myself wanting to DO something!!! I am really depressed every day waiting on the second dose to be due. I have to force myself not to go back to bed to wait out the 4 to 5 hrs of waiting time
Is anyone else like this?
I am on Oxycodone 5 mg tabs - 2 to 3 pills every 4 to 6 hrs, not allowed to take more then 8 pills a day total.
I also wear the Fentanyl patch 75 mcg & change it every 48 hrs.
L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.