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Old 10-24-2007, 06:44 PM   #1
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I just wanted to post an update on my situation and let everyone know how things were going. I have been taking 2/day on the ultram since Sunday and will probably cut it down to 1 1/2 on Friday or Saturday. I actually did take 2 1/2 yesterday but the weather was terrible here in ohio (bad storms) and my pain was pretty bad. But today I am back on track and have only taken 1 1/2 with another 1/2 at bedtime. I am still experiencing some withdrawal but my brain has been thrown for a loop with stopping cold turkey, going through crazy withdrawal and then starting it back up and now tapering it down. I have been lifted out of the severe depression with suicidal thoughts that I experienced.

I did share in my 12 step recovery group about my struggle with having chronic pain and being on pain medication. I was honest and told them that I accidentally felt the "high" with the increase in my patch and the ultram. Of course I did not tell them specific medications. I learned that is not a good idea and have heard of people being followed and robbed after leaving the meetings. I felt better after sharing that. I appreciate everyone's concern and kind words here. I will keep posting my progress and yes I am getting fairly good pain relief at the moment.

Brian

 
Old 10-24-2007, 08:32 PM   #2
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Re: Status on Ultram withdrawal

Dear Brian (brianpain33),

I am coming to the conclusion that Chronic Pain Patients (deserving CAPITALIZATION) are never safe as long as they are in possession of narcotics--especially the medications we use that are made from opium. Serious Pain Patients don't usually mind anything they perceive that furthers our "cause"!! It seems that opiates, in particular, bring danger as long as they are in possession. Annoying? Yes!! Needed and worth it?? Yes...absolutely!! We survive our relief as long as others are also making it. Sharing these stories may seem trite or trivial to some people who don't possess any understanding--BUT, the stories are EXCEPTIONALLY beyond the concept of being NEEDED!

I certainly have noticed that many of us have placed our stories and suggestions on other portions of this forum. We need to do this for the sake of our members. We need to read about each other's plights because it helps us perservere!!

SEE? I HAVE "UNLOADED", AND I FEEL BETTER ALREADY!!

Back to what Brian said...we need to be careful about our opiate medications--the manner in which we obtain them (where, how, and WHEN) especially!

Let's keep our sights placed so we are never taken by surprise. While this might be better under the name of a different thread on THIS SAME BOARD/FORUM...It needs to be addressed!! Please remember that our pharmacists can often be the MOST helpful members of our healthcare/medication team. Also, it is good to know that many pharmacies now deliver, which may offer some of the greatest privacy and greatest patient-related assistance!

Make sure you find out all you can--including the possibility of utilizing a metal lockbox in your own house. This is something in which you could keep (translated..."hide") your opiates! And, you can hide the lockbox within your house. Sound a little too extreme? Well, try going nearly a month without your pain medications since a family member decided to help himself to your "stash", and your doctor--under contractual reasons--won't refill stolen medications!! This subject--to which I've sloppily segued--should probably be moved to another thread on this Pain Management Board!

Sincerely,
Jon (Conductor)

Last edited by conductor; 10-24-2007 at 08:57 PM. Reason: Grammar Correction! Far from perfect, however! Jon

 
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:30 PM   #3
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Re: Status on Ultram withdrawal

Thank you Jon for all of your suggestions and words of compassion. I am definitely going to look into getting a metal lockbox (I know you can get them relatively cheap at walmart). People do need to be extremely aware of their pain medicine especially opiates. I have heard of people hanging out in parking lots outside of pharmacies waiting for the chance to snag and go. I want to say that I never did that but a lot of addicts have.

I do not keep all of my patches in one location at my place. I take them and split them up around the house in hidden locations. I am doing this now until I do get a lockbox. I went on a trip 2 weekends ago and had to take one change of patches with me. I utilized the hotel rooms lock box with digital combination that was bolted to the floor. I felt alot better putting them in there. It does sound extreme but I would not want to get my meds stolen and have to go through extreme withdrawal on top of extreme pain.

I am still on the 2/day on the ultram and hope to cut it down on sunday. I am still having some withdrawal effects from restarting it and cutting it down. Thanks for the caring and understanding.

Brian

 
Old 10-25-2007, 02:26 PM   #4
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Re: Status on Ultram withdrawal

As a result of reading posts on this board I got 2 kinds of locking mechanisms. One is a metal lock box for home that's fire resistant up to a certain temperature - got it at WalMart. The other is one of those bags businesses carry to the bank with cash in it. It's made of tough material and has a very sturdy key lock. I take this with me where ever I go when carrying meds.

steve

 
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