Re: Prialt, Morphine and Medtronic Pumps
[QUOTE=FionaMartin;4331366]Recently, my doctor talked me into trading out the morphine in my Medtronic pain pump for a new drug called prialt. Prialt is a new class of drugs derived from neurotoxins like snail and frog venom.
I had been complaining about the side effects of opiates. Mainly, how for the first two months of a refill I felt great but on the third month the pain returned. Each time, I would return for a refill thinking it was time to increase my dosage.
He said the biggest problem would be getting off the opiates. I had been taking some type of opiates, in one form or another for the last 18 years. For the last 2 years had morphine delivered intrathecally to my spinal column to prevent pain caused by acute back pain.
Boy he wasn't kidding. Not only is the withdrawal terrible. After taking pain killers for years your body stops making its own pain fighting properties.
How long does it take to get years of opiates out of one's system? Moreover, how long until my body will stop being uber sensitive to pain?
Any advise is appreciated, but please don't talk to me about 'God's plan'.
Hi Fiona. I'm sorry that I can't answer your question, but I wanted to say hello and welcome you to the forum. I hope someone will come along who knows the answers. Also, you might consider posting this on the chronic pain or/and pain managment board. There are a couple of very knowledgeable folks on there who could probably answer your question in detail.
Best of luck.