Re: Question about morphine and headaches.
Hello SS....Sorry to hear about your headaches....not any fun, that's for sure! I would definitely run everything by your Doc. It's not that unusual to have meds cause headaches, especially the ones you're taking. "Headache" is one of the most frequent side effects listed with most meds.
When switching PMs, it's fairly typical to have headaches, and other side effects in the short term....Until your body fully transitions. It could also be the combination of any meds you're taking.....Could be anything, really. This is why it' really [important] for patients to tell their Docs of all their meds, OTC included.
Talk it over with your Doc, and I'd be sure to let him know that you are otherwise pleased with the med and you'd like to give it a bit more chance. It may take up to 2 weeks for your body to transition. You may also find that after some reasonable amt of time (set by your Doc), that if the side effect(s) don't subside, that you may have to switch.
For me, I take an LA med and also have a heavy arsenal of BT meds [at] my disposal. If I'm having a really bad pain day, and forced to take a lot of BT meds, I will get a headache. It's almost like my body letting me know to cool it. I've mentioned this to my Doc, and he said not to exceed the amt per day we agreed upon (which I haven't), and that the headache is of no real concern.....I am to judge which is worse....The headache, or the original pain. Kinda tough sometimes, actually.
Hope this helps, and try to hang in there best you can. I'd make sure I exhausted my options before switching again, because then, you'd be back to ground zero again. When I was having issues with my last transition, my Doc told me that one of the worst things you can do is give up on a transition to soon because....(1) You never really know if it was the actual med, or just the transition....So, you don't know if you should try that med again one day and (2) When you start over, all your original issues start over.
I'd discuss everything with your Doc and see what he/she says. I'm betting that he/she has experienced this many times over with these particular meds. Hopefully, the headaches will soon subside. If not, then you may need to decide which side effects you can tolerate, and which you can't.
It's never easy is it?? Take care, and good luck.
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