Re: concerned about ibproufen overdose
i would think that at this point she would be wanting the surgery just to get rid of her pain for good.the incredibly high amounts of ibu she has been taking will end up causing more than just the possibility of severe GI problems,she could also suffer severe bleeding issues as ibu acts on the blood the same way aspirin does(thinning,low platelets).she is also not just affecting her liver but her kidneys are really taking the brunt of the damage(ibu IS metabolized in the kidneys).any analgesics used on a chronic basis,and espescially at the very high doses willl at some point actually cause a condition called analgesic nephropathy.she IS destryong good healthy kidney tissue consuming that much ibu every day.there are many many people out there who are on the waiting list for brand new kidneys caused just by the over use of analgesics like ibu,tylenol aspirin...you get the idea.
just have her,or you for her,look up the toxic effects of ibuprofen,then print it off and show it to her,this really is not a good situation.i am really rather shocked that her doc has not come up with a much safer and better form of pain control for her by now.is he/she aware that your mom is actually consuming this much ibu everyday just for her to be in some control of her out of control pain?thats really a sick thing to put a patient thru.if her current doc is not actually trying to help her with this pain,she needs to find another more caring doc to help her.either that,or just getting that surgery done.the biggest problem with waiting for surgery and putting it off is if you are really suffering from any sort of compression on either the nerve roots or the actual spinal cord,the longer she waits the likelyhood of the actual damage and the pain to become a permanent fixture gets higher and higher the longer that compression stays.even with doing surgery,if that damage becomes ingrained,she will still have pain post op,but it will by that time have turned into what is referred to as neuropathic,neuropathic pain is extremely hard to treat as you are trying to treat pain that doesn't have the actual generator anymore.you are basically treating a type of "phantom pain'.this is what i suffer with and it is ten times worse than the pain i was having prior to my herniated disc surgery.she does NOT want to go there.this type of pain just doesn't respond to even the strongest of narcotics.its a whole different animal than what she is dealing with now.
i really DO think its time for her to meet with a good ortho surgeon for at the very least,a surgical consult.she wont HAVE TO have any surgery right now(tho he would probably reccomend it just because of the pain intensity and the risk of permanent damage if she holds off)but she really does just need to find out what her options are.she also needs a different primary if this current one is not appropriately treating her pain.if he is actually aware of how she is self medicating with that much ibu everyday,he IS negligent in his duties as her dr,really.its just that dangerous.i do hope your mom will decide to do something about this soon and find another form of pain control.if she is adamently opposed to having the surgery,there are pain clinics she can go to where they specialize in the treatment of pain and can offer many other options besides just meds for pain control.this is where i go now and feel very thakful that these docs actually care about my suffering and are willing to try and help me,or i would'nt have a life at all,period.please let us know how things are going,K?FB
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.