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Board: Chronic Pain 03-08-2010, 08:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,090
Posted By Executor
Re: New here - cancer patient w/questions on Fentanyl patch

Sounds like the fentanyl just doesn't agree with you. The "headache" is a tell tale sign. Not every med works for every person.

Have you and your Doc discussed at all the prospects of trying...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-05-2010, 10:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,649
Posted By Executor
Re: Family seem to have little understanding

I'm sorry to hear about your family situation. I know it can be particularly tough since we should be able to count on family the most.

Ironically, I wrote in my blog about this very topic just...
Board: Disabilities 03-03-2010, 11:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,523
Posted By Executor
Re: Inheritance And SSI Problems

That's a great question and one would think that each party would know what they're talking about, but both seem to be at polar opposite ends on this.

I'd do what Spine said and get each party to...
Board: Pain Management 03-03-2010, 11:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,943
Posted By Executor
Re: Narcotics and itching

The others have given you some great suggestions, so I won't repeat them. However, I did want to mention that "itching" in general is a very standard side effect...Something that happens to just...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-02-2010, 12:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,090
Posted By Executor
Re: New here - cancer patient w/questions on Fentanyl patch

You're very welcome.

To put something in quotation, hit "quote reply" in the lower right hand side. You'll see "QUOTE= persons's handle & etc" at the beginning, and then "/QUOTE" at the end. ...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-01-2010, 09:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,090
Posted By Executor
Re: New here - cancer patient w/questions on Fentanyl patch

Welcome to Healthboards. This is a great site where many people with very diverse backgrounds all come together to help provide support and guidance to those in need. I hope you find your time here...
Board: Pain Management 03-01-2010, 08:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,570
Posted By Executor
Re: Has anyone weaned off Long Acting Medications?

Yes, I too am excited for you. :) Hopefully, this will work well. I would agree that it seems like a good plan...However, it may be a bit aggressive...i.e the taper is a little fast. Your body...
Board: Pain Management 02-28-2010, 07:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,570
Posted By Executor
Re: Has anyone weaned off Long Acting Medications?

I would agree.

For example, for those who have big time problems and / or are on a lot of meds, the big advantage of detoxing at a facility is that the Drs there can keep the patient...
Board: Pain Management 02-28-2010, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,069
Posted By Executor
Re: writing pain meds

Once you've been dismissed from a PM Doc, regardless of the reason, you are free to seek whatever medical services you'd like from any other Doc.

PM Docs have "contracts" that spell out the...
Board: Pain Management 02-28-2010, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 16,387
Posted By Executor
Re: oxycodone and heart pounding

A couple different things can be happening....


Pain causes stress on the body and when not properly addressed, the increased stress can cause symptoms similar to what you're describing,...
Board: Disabilities 02-27-2010, 11:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,724
Posted By Executor
Re: Has anyone applied for SSI/Disability due to severe anxiety?

Welcome to Healthboards. This is a great site where many people with very diverse backgrounds all come together to provide lots of support and advice. I hope you find your time here beneficial.

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Board: Pain Management 02-27-2010, 09:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,879
Posted By Executor
Re: Nucynta with steroids

You need to ask the Doc who prescribed either one, or both to you. If the same Doc prescribed both, then I would assume yes.

Best of luck to you.

Regards,

Ex
Board: Pain Management 02-27-2010, 09:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,570
Posted By Executor
Re: Has anyone weaned off Long Acting Medications?

Yes, it is, but at this point, given all that you have accomplished & etc., I don't think I'd go down that road. SA meds will spike your BPL and cause some ups and downs. I'd either ween or go CT. ...
Board: Disabilities 02-26-2010, 11:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,523
Posted By Executor
Re: Inheritance And SSI Problems

That's the issue I think in a nutshell. Overall, you have to look at this long term, or from an overall standpoint....Not just the next couple years, or even the next 5 years. You have to consider...
Board: Pain Management 02-24-2010, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,208
Posted By Executor
Re: Darvocet N

It is the bottom of the narcotic ladder. Many would argue that it shouldn't be a controlled med. I doubt seriously it would affect your driving. Darvocet is often prescribed for elderly with...
Board: Pain Management 02-24-2010, 05:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,929
Posted By Executor
Re: Changing med strength question?

Oral morphine is a great drug for pain. It can get a little sedating at times. I personally like this effect at night because it ensures I sleep through the night. IMHO, it does a much better job...
Board: Pain Management 02-23-2010, 11:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 13,888
Posted By Executor
Re: Possible change from Vicodin to Oxymorphone NEED HELP PLEASE!

Yes, Jdsun is correct....Since the Opana is working on controlling your pain, you are realizing many positive benefits overall....Everything from less pain, to feeling better, to less stress on your...
Board: Disabilities 02-21-2010, 10:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,428
Posted By Executor
Re: 5 yr SSDI Review

I didn't realize your son's was so detailed....I understood your first post to be something different. His must be a full review then. I'm sorry if I created any confusion.

Best of luck with...
Board: Disabilities 02-21-2010, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,357
Posted By Executor
Re: SSDI and child support

Yes, most states are like this, minus the 80% part. Simply put, the amt of SSDI is subtracted from the child support.

But, it's very important to note that it does go state by state.
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Board: Pain Management 02-20-2010, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,887
Posted By Executor
Re: Question on pain medication strength....

You're very welcome.

The one thing I find that hardly any Doctor does, is explain the difference between LA and SA meds in terms of reducing the "ups and downs" or mini WDs. In fact, WDs in...
Board: Disabilities 02-20-2010, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,428
Posted By Executor
Re: 5 yr SSDI Review

I just received something very similar. I think mine was 8 questions or something....It was a very brief and a simple one page form (front and back). Like yours, it was only interested in what...
Board: Pain Management 02-19-2010, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,648
Posted By Executor
Re: What to do? At a loss

I would have asked him for a script to get you through. Can you reach him over the weekend or not? Since he was so negligent in getting back to you, he should call something in. I'm very sorry...
Board: Pain Management 02-19-2010, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,887
Posted By Executor
Re: Question on pain medication strength....

The short acting Oxycodone is packaged with Tylenol to increase it's pain fighting power. When you take a short acting med, it's immediately released and your blood plasma level (BPL) spikes. ...
Board: Chronic Pain 02-19-2010, 11:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,645
Posted By Executor
Re: Im in recovery for Alcohol and mairjuana, I have a Pain Management Doctor

Congrats on being honest and open. Trust me, you are a much better person for it. Not only is telling the truth very important, but it removes the burden of being dishonest.

I know it's tough...
Board: Pain Management 02-19-2010, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,914
Posted By Executor
Re: weight gain from pain meds and zoloft?

If you are sure it's due to the Zoloft, I would go see the Doc who prescribed it and see if there are any alternatives. Some of these meds can cause water retention, slow metabolism & etc.

I...
Board: Pain Management 02-19-2010, 10:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,648
Posted By Executor
Re: What to do? At a loss

I agree in that you should make an appt with your GP and go over all of this with you. What does the back Doc mean when he says the "problems in the past"? Is it possible once the two Docs started...
Board: Pain Management 02-16-2010, 10:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 8,454
Posted By Executor
Re: Narcotic Meds cause less constipation?

As a general rule, it's not the specific med, but rather the amount. All pain meds are constipating....The narcotics affect our pit gland and slooww the body down.....Everything from metabolism to...
Board: Disabilities 02-15-2010, 10:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 74,081
Posted By Executor
Re: STILL waiting on SSDI backpay!!!!

I'd call and ask to speak to a supervisor and see if they can tell you anything different. Additionally, you could ask them to investigate and get back to you, if necessary.

When you talk to...
Board: Pain Management 02-15-2010, 09:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,257
Posted By Executor
Re: Need help with getting pain relief.

That's GREAT news! Like Bullymom said, I really enjoy reading some good news....Too often it's the exact opposite. Sounds like you've got a great GP Doc. I'll bet you find that your PM went to...
Board: Pain Management 02-14-2010, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,826
Posted By Executor
Re: CONSTIPATION! Please HELP ME!

I'm a big fan of Metamuicil. It's real husk fiber which pushes everything through....Need the "husk" to do that.

I highly recommend a thread called: Constipation Help!

The thread starts...
Board: Disabilities 02-13-2010, 07:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 28,696
Posted By Executor
Re: Long term disability approved by Metlife- Employer asking job accomodation Q-nair

The PIPs are almost impossible to follow through on. The company has already decided they want the employee out and the PIP is just a formality. They write it up to make it look like there are...
Board: Disabilities 02-13-2010, 06:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 28,696
Posted By Executor
Re: Long term disability approved by Metlife- Employer asking job accomodation Q-nair

I'll try to explain this as best I can....

As Spine says STD is the initial disability stage. In many cases a simple Dr's note is all it takes to get things started...Whatever your condition may...
Board: Chronic Pain 02-13-2010, 05:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,422
Posted By Executor
Re: Embeda Ex I need you

Thanks for the kind words. I'm here to help. Ask all that you want.





The drug wasn't commercially available until Sept and by October, the FDA had already sent a warning letter to King. ...
Board: Disabilities 02-13-2010, 08:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 28,696
Posted By Executor
Re: Long term disability approved by Metlife- Employer asking job accomodation Q-nair

Welcome to Healthboards. This is a great site where lots of people with diverse experiences can really help. For example, Spine is an expert at this, so I would definitely listen to everything she...
Board: Pain Management 02-12-2010, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,850
Posted By Executor
Re: Need advice on getting stronger meds

First, let me say welcome to Healthboards. :wave: This is a great site where many people with diverse backgrounds are willing to help others. The cumulative effort is tremendous and I hope you get...
Board: Pain Management 02-12-2010, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,043
Posted By Executor
Re: narcotic failure

I'm actually quite surprised. The Anethesiologists are usually the most aggressive with meds. It's typically the occupational PMs who are very conservative. But, I guess this shows that you can't...
Board: Pain Management 02-12-2010, 08:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,043
Posted By Executor
Re: narcotic failure

IMHO, "narcotic failure" is a term used by a Doc who is a opioid phobic. With all due respect, I would argue that you are on the low end of the chronic pain scale. I could give examples all day...
Board: Pain Management 02-12-2010, 08:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,257
Posted By Executor
Re: Need help with getting pain relief.

This is definitely a major sign that he either went to a competitor, or started his own practice. When they do either, it's very custom for them to leave suddenly as it's not practical for them to...
Board: Pain Management 02-11-2010, 09:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,490
Posted By Executor
Re: whats the difference between 10mg OC and 10mg percaset

Both products contain the chemical "Oxycodone." However, there are two differences in their make up:


OC is 100% Oxycodone and contains nothing else. Conversely, Percocet is Oxycodone packaged...
Board: Pain Management 02-11-2010, 09:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 35,105
Posted By Executor
Re: oxycodone/dilaudid equivalents

That may have been because she wanted to supplement with something until the next time she saw you...i.e could call something in. You're right about the "blah blah blah"....That's about all it is. ...
Board: Pain Management 02-11-2010, 09:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 35,105
Posted By Executor
Re: oxycodone/dilaudid equivalents

Janiee is right....Darvocet is the lowest rung on the ladder. It's not even listed on most narcotic conversion charts. It's lower than codeine. It's used a lot for arthritis in older people....It...
Board: Pain Management 02-11-2010, 09:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,257
Posted By Executor
Re: Update

That UA wasn't by accident. They ordered it on purpose to see if you had been taking something else. They had you fill out the medical history and all the forms to make sure they had proper...
Board: Pain Management 02-11-2010, 08:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,920
Posted By Executor
Re: Medication Holiday?

The person I know uses (5) 1200 mcg pops a day. 5000 mcg of fent is roughly equal to 400mg of Oxy. Someone who uses the 100 mcg patch, or 2400 per day, is equal to about 210mg of Oxy per day. ...
Board: Pain Management 02-11-2010, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 19,248
Posted By Executor
Re: drug store that won't fill prescription

I'm actually quite surprised that it's not the opposite. LA meds are to be taken either 2x or 3x and most pharmacists reason that there should be no reason for an early refill, other than a trip,...
Board: Pain Management 02-11-2010, 08:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 19,248
Posted By Executor
Re: drug store that won't fill prescription

Yes, Katlovesdogs is correct. Another popular independent to look for is the "Medicine Shoppe." It's a nationwide franchise, but each is independently owned....Like a Subway. They pay a monthly...
Board: Pain Management 02-10-2010, 10:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,920
Posted By Executor
Re: Medication Holiday?

Great point Ozzybug. Stopping one's meds is certainly no "holiday".....It's actually torture, unless some equivalent methodology is available to the person in pain....Which is very doubtful.
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Board: Pain Management 02-10-2010, 09:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 19,248
Posted By Executor
Re: drug store that won't fill prescription

This is why I use an independent pharmacy. I highly recommend any CPer who takes regular pain meds to find a good independent pharmacy where the pharmacist owns the business. I've told mine...
Board: Disabilities 02-10-2010, 10:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,357
Posted By Executor
Re: SSDI question

CS depends on what state you are in. However, as a general rule, CS is calculated by plugging in your total income / financial resources, and then child's other parent....Then, going through the...
Board: Chronic Pain 02-10-2010, 10:22 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 22,660
Posted By Executor
Re: So much pain, what is wrong with me?

Glad to help....Anytime.

Regards,

Ex
Board: Pain Management 02-10-2010, 10:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,257
Posted By Executor
Re: Need help with getting pain relief.

I'm sorry to hear about your problem. Your case is all too familiar, unfortunately.....Doc leaves and patients are left hanging out to dry.

If it were me, I'd do one or more of the following:

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