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Okay, short of sounding like a baby here, I've been taking an Actiq / Combunox combo for 5+ months for chronic pain and was doing really awesome. It was such a help. Unfortunately, two weeks ago, my insurance changed and now, I am without the Actiq completely and only have Combunox for help.
I am expecting some bad times ahead considering I went from taking 2 Actiq a day to now, zero. I was just wondering if any of you have gone through this or if you're taking Actiq currently???
Chaswick: I was under the impression the Actiq was the long acting and the Combunox, the short. I've been going through this a long time and the list of meds we've tried here and there, with OTHER docs, is long. I did find that the Actiq, for the first time, was a genuine help.
I made it through last night in much better shape than I anticipated. I'm having a hard time regulating my body temp today and my stomach is a wreck but all in all, I'm making it. At this point, I don't know if I'd take it again if they offered it.
I'd love to get back to a life without taking one single thing! I don't enjoy this. In fact, I hate it!
Hola Chaswick, sorry so slow to respond. My Internet has been down for the count.
Funny, you all say the Actiq is short acting. They wouldn't let me have it but one every 8 hours! It would stop working quickly but I didn't wanna appear as an abuser so I just dealt with it. Now that I'm nearly 4 days off of it, cold turkey I might add, I have to say I'm not dieing BUT I have had a heckuva lot of (and pardon me here) the "runs" and feeling just generally like I'd been hit by a truck! Now that I'm coming out on the other side of it, however, I'm glad I've had this time to regroup and really get to the nitty gritty of where my pain is at. I've continued to take the Combunox that was prescribed (which could very well be the reason I haven't been as bad off as when I've gone "cold turkey" before). It's not great but it's better than nothing.
I've recently been made aware of some Medtronic Pain Pump. I entertained that idea really hard this week but today, I'm having a change of heart. I just can't imagine that the pump is going to make me any better off. I build tolerances QUICK and I just think it'll be the same deal. AND with that, it'd be implanted in my body; not an idea I'm really embracing.
I'm struggling but to be brutally honest, I'm learning a great deal about mind over matter and I'm trying REALLY hard to get my physical faults in check. The pain levels suck sometimes but I really am seeing now, I was just as bad off while ON the Actiq as OFF.
I'm trying to take what is happening as a lesson that I'm being sent in another direction. Whether that's true or not, guess I won't know for a while.
I can say definitively, however, that living in pain is beyond challenging and to all of us here who are having to do it, I say, "God give us strength to make it" To you all I say, "Let's hang in there!!" :)