Day 4 of this Avinza. I'm not sure if I'm sold on it or not. I made it through yesterday until 4 pm before I needed BT meds. I am suffering with a minor headache. The first i've had since my back surgery three years ago. But that is one of the side effects of this "wonder" drug.
I did get up twice last night to take bt drugs as the med didn't make it through the night and I take it in the morning, as prescribed by my doctor. I don't know what to do. I guess I need to give it some time to work. I have hardly given it a fair chance yet. I had therapy last night so today will be a telling day.. I'm not sure that I will get 24 hours out of it and I sure hate the thought of losing sleep over it...and I can't! I don't have the option of napping during the day (don't I wish). Oh dear...I blathering......I don't remember that being a side effect! LOL.
I keep telling my hubby 24 hours, huh? 24 hours, huh? It seems to hold it at bay, but not as far away as the morphine. I mean the pain is gone, but the wall holding it away doesn't seem as thick or as strong. Does that make sense? this has me concerned.....
I have done so much better on the Avinza than on the Patch. Granted I don't get a FULL 24 hours, but I had to take BT meds on the patch too. I take BT meds sometimes once a day, sometimes twice a day.
ALWAYS almost have to take it to get up in the morning. (I take the avinza at bedtime). My body is just too stiff to get going in the morning. On the patch I would have to get up at 4:30 to be at work for 9, that's how long it took me to get my body going.
Sometimes, but not always, I have to take something again around 5pm. This is usually on the days I teach a night class. Those days start at 8 or 9 am and end at either 9 or 10 pm which puts me home at 10:30 or 11 pm which is an EXTREMELY LONG day for me. I teach two nights a week, and full days. I'm trying to make it four more years, but honestly just don't know if I will be able to.
Try to hang in there with the Avinza. I cut back from MSIR to Percocets because I was just to fatigued on the MSIR. Right now, things are pretty good as far as pain and fatigue go. I will keep my fingers crossed it stays that way.
Much luck to you!!
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I hope nobody minds me asking, but who or what is Ella. I have seen her mentioned so many times and wasn't sure. If it's a personal or private thing, I apologize and understand. It's just that Ella sounds pretty fiesty!
LOL.... Actually Ella is my walker. She is wheeled, has a seat, that has storage in it, has a back rest, brakes, locking brakes, room for a drink, cell phone, and all sorts of carry cubbies. It is made by HuGo. Her name is Ella because you can get anything Ala cart (Ella)cart. We have a warped sense of humor and this poor thing has hauled more stuff since I got it. I have traveled all over with her. If she got frequent flyer miles she would have a free ticket by now. I was flying Sun Country when my parents were so sick before they died and the flight crews all knew her. She got stickers on her every trip we took. So I keep threatening Pepper and Shawley that I'll bring Ella if they don't behave. I do hope that some day she will be able to be passed on to some other poor soul that needs her. I still have her at work because of my weight restrictions..I am an EA and lifting a few reams of paper can send me over the edge quickly....but Ella can take the burden quite well. She's metalic blue-should you want to know.... and at least I can laugh about having her. I might as well name her and give hre a personality, right?
My mom had one just like that when she broke a hip, many years ago. Hers was not quite as chic as Ella....just gray metallic! But boy have I thought about how nice it would be to still have that around. Especially in the grocery store. My husband and daughter constantly joke with me that they're going to get me a fire engine red hoveround, with a really loud horn, so people will know I'm coming! I keep telling them that blue is more my color!
Thanks for the chuckle, I really needed one today. God Bless, cmpgirl