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    Old 11-17-2003, 06:41 PM   #1
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    How long before addicted to Oxy?

    Hello,

    I have a extremely wrecked left shoulder (rotator-cuff) to be more specific.

    Sometimes the pain gets so unbearable that I can't sleep, therefore I go and get painkillers.

    Recently I was prescribed 20mg/twice a day for 10 of OxyContin. I ended up using 3 day to completely remove the pain.

    So basically I was on it for 7 days.. Its been 2 days since and I miss the stuff.. and I'm still in pain.

    Is that normal?

     
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    Old 11-17-2003, 08:36 PM   #2
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    Something just isn't right about this message.... not the Physicians scrip as you describe it, not your content in general... I can't put my finger on it.
    Perhaps you could be a bit more precise than "I miss the stuff". Are you indicating that you enjoyed this medication because you got 'high' during the days that you took it? If you could be a bit more forthcoming as to your physical condition, we'd be happy to assist.
    I see a number of the very intelligent folks here have read this post. Am I alone in thinking this is odd or in need of clarification?

     
    Old 11-17-2003, 08:41 PM   #3
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    Yes - I like the way it made me feel. The pain was gone but not only that. I felt really good in general. Completely relaxed...

     
    Old 11-17-2003, 08:42 PM   #4
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    Actually Kate I was just about to reply here and you beat me to being the first one. I'm not going to accuse anyone of anything certainly, but my eyebrow raised awfully high when I read this. Everyone of course has the right to sound a little, remedial, shall we say, in describing their situation and asking their questions, but I'm sorry, I just find this person very suspect if nothing else from the fact that their doctor prescribed them OxyContin for only 5 days. (I believe that's right? They said 10 and taking 2pills/day?) As anyone who is on meds for CP knows that simply doesn't happen. No doc gives out an RX for OxyC being that short.

     
    Old 11-17-2003, 08:47 PM   #5
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    something is very fishy

    Oxycontin is never prescribed by any legitimate doctor for only several days. Oxycontin is not indicated for occasional pain or breakthrough pain at all. Oxycontin is only indicated for chronic moderate to severe pain that is expected to continue for a long period of time; ie months to years.
    You don't just "go and get pain pills", unless you are getting them off the street.
    Everyone is right to be suspicious. To the original poster, i would suggest visiting the addiction message board. (And if i was quick to judge i apologize, but from the language of the original post, i am confident that this is not a legitimate post.)

     
    Old 11-17-2003, 09:29 PM   #6
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    I have to go with everybody on this post. It just has to many inconsistencies in it. From the missing the drug (did he take more than was neseccary for the pain relief and was therefore enjoying the high) to the "doctor" giving only a 10 day script of a medicine that is not (as pointed out) for short term pain.

     
    Old 11-17-2003, 09:50 PM   #7
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    Actually I wasn't very clear on my original post. So for the people quick to jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts..Let me be MORE clear.

    I have has a very bad/painful/ongoing shoulder injury (rotator cuff) that started when I was working out. I train 6 times/week and very intense at that. I went for an MRI and the results showed bursitis, tendonitis and bone damage. To make a long story short, I went for every concievable treatment, saw every type of doctor/specialist/sports med docs/chiro's/massage and the list goes on and one.

    This has been plaguing me for over 2 yrs now. I can usually deal with the pain without any sort/type of pain killer...BUT on occasion it's too much for even me to handle....So I get a pain killer for 10 days to ease the pain while I work on the inflammation, etc.....

    The last time I saw my family doctor he prescribed OxyContin 20mg/twice a day for 10 days.

    I have used them up in 8 days, maybe 20mg isnt enough for someone 200 pounds of muscle....

    My point being...Now that I don't have anymore....I wish I did?????

    My question is: Is that why/or how come this drug is so addictive to the point it ruins people's life's????

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    Old 11-17-2003, 10:40 PM   #8
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    I'm sorry if you're truly having pain, but I"m also sorry that this still sounds very strange. I don't think any of us have ever heard of a doctor (and we've got A LOT of experience here on this board) that would RX 10 days of OxyContin sporadically, just "whenever the patient has flareups", or is having a bad time and would need something stronger than OTC. That's what Percocet or Vicdoin is for.

     
    Old 11-17-2003, 11:59 PM   #9
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    I have been posting on these boards for over 4 years and I never have heard that a post was not ligitimate before.

    I guess no one knows how long it takes to become addicted to Oxy---. I was sort of curious myself.

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    Old 11-18-2003, 12:14 AM   #10
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    The thing about Oxy is it is no more additive than morphine or any other Cll medication out there. Maybe even less so than some. Your are just as likely to get the "mental desire" for more oxycodone as you would for hydrocodone Myself, (as with most CP patients)I no longer get high off my meds. I never get the mental "I wants". If you are getting a mental desire for more of the medication beyond the need for pain relief, that means that either the dosage was to high or you increased the dosage more than you should trying to get to a "0" pain level. Only by getting HIGH off the medication will you "miss it". If you are wanting more of the drug, it is not because Oxy "is so additive". Many CP patients take Oxy all the time and live a normal happy life.

    And to the point of it ruining people's lives, it does so only to those that abuse it (snort,chew, or shoot it up). I have not heard of it ruining anybody's life by following the perscription. Also physical addition takes about 1 1/2 weeks and even then the WD's involved are very minor and easily gotten over.

    Also have to agree with tyler7, short term pain is what percodan, percocet, vicodan, lortab, darvecet, etc are given for.

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    Old 11-18-2003, 12:25 AM   #11
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    Hmm.... Well in all honesty I not very educated in the different types of 'potent' pain killers. By that I mean stuff stronger then Tylanol 3.

    I just heard stories, etc of how OxyContin is so addictive etc.

    I must say from my only experience, that I was very happy with the way it worked. I also have IBS so alot of meds mess my my stomach too...

    Why do people get addicted to it?? Is it because of the high it gives you??? Also if its such a controlled substance how does some of the people on this board get a hold of so many?????

    Just curious thats all.

    Thanks.

     
    Old 11-18-2003, 01:26 AM   #12
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    my advice is now that youve had a taste for this med....realize that it has a destructive tease to it and dont request it anymore....also,i think your brain is wired for addiction so id stay away from as many/all opiates as possible...they have destroyed my life along with lots of other folks on the boards....opiate is a greek word....it basically means to feel euphoric,thats what pain meds do...take away the pain but give you a pleasant dreamy feelin also.....and addictive....chef

     
    Old 11-18-2003, 01:58 AM   #13
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    Can you take Vicodin for those short burst of pain? Oxycontin is nothing to play around with. If your not at a pain level 8 (thats unbearable) then you should manage your pain with something not so strong. Oxycontin is for patients that have been in severe chronic pain day in and out. With little relief from a short acting drug like Vicodin. You need a doctor that is going to educate you on your pain.
    I question your intent for this drug. Im sorry. You don't sound like a person that is in severe pain. Before you counter-back on me about my statement. First read your post about how the drug makes you feel in general.
    Just be careful. If your researching why this drug is so addictive then you must have some concerns, and you should. This isn't a drug you want to be hooked on. I cannot personnally say i have experieces with it, but i have did my share of research on it. I have been taking it off and on for about a month 10mg in the morning and night. With norco for breakthrough.
    I wish you all the best.

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    Old 11-18-2003, 04:46 AM   #14
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    SHMIGELZ, you ask why people get addicted to this drug. Read your very first post and you will answer your own question.

    As to how so many people get so much of this (and other opiates) it is they are in extreme pain. I,m sure your shoulder hurts, but you have a choice to control that pain by not working out as much or not at all. The people you talk to on this board DO NOT have control over their pain. They will hurt tremendously no matter what they do. And some have tried and done a lot of things.

    The only reason they, like me, can get these strong medications is because we are quite likely to be on them the rest of our lives. Just for information, I have never done oxy (except when young in the form of percodan for a tooth extraction) but I have done morphine for years and am now on fentanyl (a drug 100 times more potent than morphine). I will always be taking opiates, but not by choice only because I HAVE TO.

    I to question your intent and purpose for this post.

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    Old 11-18-2003, 10:52 AM   #15
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    I to question your intent and purpose for this post.
    Listen - Don't get too ahead of yourself, I went for FOUR ABDOMINAL surgeries last year alone. 95% of the people couldn't even do the prep alone for the surgery. I know what severe pain is....It took a good year of my young life.... That's not even including my destroyed shoulder...

     
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