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Pain Management board

TGIF People!

I've been browsing some of the topics on this boaed. I've recieved some good advice here about switching from Norco to a Long Acting pain medication like Oxycontin, and I look forward to giving it a try.

Now I'm wondering about general categories of narcotic pain medications, and which ones are used for chronic pain. I have chronic severe pain that ranges from level 5-8 on the average. It's pelvic floor pain from urethral cysts and obterator muscle dysfunction/spasm. I used to think that vicodin and tylenol 3's were a big deal, and that a typical dose meant the patent would end up sleeping & unable to function for the durration of the effect. However, a couple of years ago my GP put me on vicodin (1 - 2 every 4 - 6 hrs), and told me that I should be able to drive, go to school/work etc. while taking it. I was very uncomfortable with the idea of driving while taking narcotics, and I rarely do, but still I think it's dangerous for people to drive under the influence - in general. Just recently My new Pain Dr told me that it is illegal in my County for people to drive while taking narcotic pain medication, so I was right to be concerned about my GP's instructions...

I've read several posts here where members seem to be quite experienced with pain management. I'm glad to see that the efforts toward healing and relief seem to be working. So, I'm thinking that many of the regulars here are trying to live productive lives while being on these medications. I'm reading about methadone and other medicines that, quite frankly, scare me. I'm wondering if eventually this will be an option for me. I do know that methadone is used for heroine withdrawl, and this seems like extreeme measures toward pain relief.

Please understand that I am very inexperienced in these matters, and in my ignorance I am wondering if even Demerol (sp?) and Morphene are being used at home on a regular basis ~ and if so, can people live productive lives while taking these on a routine basis? Or are these stronger opioids used in bed ridden cases only?

I'm wondering If I am making a big deal of something that is considered "normal" in the field of pain management, or if patients and Dr's who work with these medications are making light of a big deal...

Thanks for your thoughts! ~Sheri~