Re: Handling Pain After Opiate Addiction
Are you absolutely sure that what you are dealing with is an actual true addiction,or a dependancy or "psuedo"addiction?while some of the signs and symptoms are indeed the same,the motivation behind them is what really difines which one you are dealing with.you really need to first indentify within yourself what one you really honestly feel is what you are dealing with before continuing on with any possible treatment changes,although i definitely see the tylenol being a huge issue just because you are going way over the reccomended dosage requirements of the 4000mgs per day for occasional usage but for people such as yourself,taking this on a daily or chronic basis,that 4000 goes down to only 3000mgs just becaue of the cummulative effects that tylenol has on a persons liver.
I could give you a real quick description of the addiction vs dependancy vs psuedo addiction here but i think it would be much better and really can explain things better for you if you looked up the real specifics of each condition yourself and see how youer signs and symptoms compare,then decide what you really and truely feel fits your situation the best and come back here and i can help you much much better.only YOU know for sure what it is you are actually dealing with.the thing is,a true chronic pain sufferer who starts narcotic treatment at the time of the pain starting runs about a 3% chance of actually becomming addicted vs a much higher percentage for the general population.butif you were abusing pain meds before you started having the chronic pain condition,well that can really make it much more likely to actually become addcted.the risk is just naturally higher for a 'pre" addict who suddenly is dealing with a chronic pain situation thats all.
but you do need a definite change in your pain meds if this is going to continue and at the very least a good blood workup on your liver and kidneys since your tylenol intake has been over the daily limit on an ongoing basis.
but do as i suggested and really do look up the definitions in much better detail than i could ever possibly give you here and see what you honestly truely feel about whatever condition you fit the best.you just have to identify frst where you fit then we can go from there.
i am a former addict who because of severe spinal cord injury,and other major medical problems, was pretty much forced to have to go back onto the crap i had been clean from for well over a decade.it can be done but it takes one heck of alot of will power and very very close monitoring by my pain clinic which includes a narcotic contract.i have been able to maintain full compliance for almost three years now but with alot of help and support.and i am NEVER ever comfortable on this crap either and fully aware that what happened before could possibly happen again if i should ever think that i am not and always will be an addict.the key is to never ever for any reason,go out of my docs Rxing guidelines,ever.not one pill,no matter how bad things can get on some days.i have found other ways of dealing with the worst flares.you just have to.and some days,i just don't do certain things if i am in that situation.you have to know your own limitations when you are a chronic pain patient.your life just changes.
anytime i feel the slightest thought of going over,i think of the pain and the extreme hurt i caused my family and dear friends when i was active.it makes me sick.usually,thats all it takes to help wipe that thought out of my mind for that day anyway.is not easy,but nothing worth having ever is now is it?the absolute fear i have of actually having to feel the full effects of five seperate pain syndromes also helps alot.thinking about not having those meds availiable to me when i desperately need them also helps keep me compliant.total and absolute fear is a great motivator trust me.
see how things fit by just doing that bit of research and let me know what you really think about your situation and we can go from ther,K?
like i said before,only YOU really know for sure what it is you are dealing wth here.Marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.