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Old 11-14-2017, 11:00 AM   #1
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Im the husband of a chronic pain patient. My wife has been on pain meds for 25 years. Taking morphine for 7. She was told a month ago that they need to reduce her opiate use. So yesterday we met our new doctor. He wants her to reset her pain receptors. Cold turkey for a month. Ive seen her on no meds years ago. I had to take her to the emergency room.
To be frank, im scared to death for her and myself.

So this is my first day here. Shes not a forum person. Guess im the weak one.

 
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:31 PM   #2
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Re: New here- very scary phase

Sorry you are dealing with that. Sounds pretty horrible, and not the norm. Unfortunately with the current climate we are hearing of lots of folks having their doses reduced or even being cut off (I had my dose cut by 2/3 a few years back). However, being cut off from opioids cold turkey is NOT an accepted practice. I would try to find another doctor and/or go up the food chain at the clinic to express your dissatisfaction of the management of her care. Ask why it must be cold turkey, not a taper. Also unfortunately she won't just have unmanaged pain to deal with, but withdrawal, which is why dosages are typically slowly tapered down.

Plus withdrawal and high pain levels can cause other problems, such as a spike in blood pressure. If it really had to be cold turkey for some reason, then she should be admitted to the hospital to manage the withdrawal (and hopefully her pain, in other ways). I sure hope it wasn't a pain management specialist that is suggesting this, as its ridiculous. Although there is a lot of pressure on doctors to cut dosages, I am not aware of any legal requirement to cut high dose patients off abruptly. I hope you find a better solution. Hang in there! Best wishes.
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Hes not a pain doctor. He just said cold turkey is quicker. My wife is mad now and she wont take anything because shes so angry. Today was day one. She spent al, day in bed most of the time. This week will be tough. Next few days are going to be scary. I didnt sleep much. It’s just me and her now. No realatives. I do jave a friend accross the street that offered help. I need to learn more about this pain receptor reset.

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