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I have chronic pain ,3 weeks ago I fell and the pain was terrible. My doctor gave me 30mg of morphine 2xd. I was unable to think straight let a lone drive. My digestive system shut down, and I had a terrible time getting my bowels to move again.
My doctor wants to send me to a pain mangement clinic, and I'm terrified they will put me on the morphine.
Has anyone been to a pain clinic and do you have a choice of drugs?
I'm now on Loratab 4xd, and have been on it for 4 years. It makes the pain mangeable but I have to be careful not to do anything strenous or I'm back to the same thing I went thru 3 weeks ago.
Loratab,vicodan,hydro's are all quick acting short term pain killers and really aren't much good for chronic pain.I would think the pain clinic will put you on a sustained release pain killer like ms contin (morphine) or oxycontin (oxycodone).Make sure that you tell the pain doctor that you were taking 30mgs of morphine twice a day and found it to be to strong.The trouble with long term use of loratab ect is the tylenol.Long term use of tylenol can really do a number on your liver.Also you get used to them quickly needing increased doses which can then lead to abuse.So the sustained release are safer that way but they too are still addictve so be carefull.Good luck....Dave
Skygirl,

When I first started opioids, my family doctor put me on a Fentanyl pain patch and Percocet. 24 hours later I threw up so hard I broke all the blood vessels in my face and bruised the roof of my mouth. Reading the fine print it says this product is for people who ARE opioid tolerant. I wasn't.

Same with Morphine, I accidently confused the 30mg and 60mg capsuls. Same reaction. 180mg of Avinza "ate my lunch".

8 months later, I take 180mg daily. Hopefully you can take lower doses and work your way into an LA drug like Avinza. Good luck with it...it WILL work for you if taken slowly. Best wishes with it......
Quote from skygirl:
I have chronic pain ,3 weeks ago I fell and the pain was terrible. My doctor gave me 30mg of morphine 2xd. I was unable to think straight let a lone drive. My digestive system shut down, and I had a terrible time getting my bowels to move again.
My doctor wants to send me to a pain mangement clinic, and I'm terrified they will put me on the morphine.
Has anyone been to a pain clinic and do you have a choice of drugs?
I'm now on Loratab 4xd, and have been on it for 4 years. It makes the pain mangeable but I have to be careful not to do anything strenous or I'm back to the same thing I went thru 3 weeks ago.


I don't understand. You said you have chronic pain from falling down 3 weeks ago? I've had chronic pain for about 10 years. How is it that after 3 weeks you're in chronic pain? Maybe I'm misunderstanding something here
Quote from dllfo:
Skygirl,

When I first started opioids, my family doctor put me on a Fentanyl pain patch and Percocet. 24 hours later I threw up so hard I broke all the blood vessels in my face and bruised the roof of my mouth. Reading the fine print it says this product is for people who ARE opioid tolerant. I wasn't.

Same with Morphine, I accidently confused the 30mg and 60mg capsuls. Same reaction. 180mg of Avinza "ate my lunch".

8 months later, I take 180mg daily. Hopefully you can take lower doses and work your way into an LA drug like Avinza. Good luck with it...it WILL work for you if taken slowly. Best wishes with it......


That's pretty crazy. I've been to a lot of doctors for my chronic pain and most of them would rather hack off their own hand than prescribe opiate pain medication. Of the 15 or 20 doctors I've been to, only 3 have prescribed opiate for my chronic pain.

The ones that do prescribe opiate are very careful to titrate the dosage conservatively. That's just basic prescription writing 101, read the box type of stuff.
I love Morphine! Of all the other opiods I've used (Hydrocodone, Codeine, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Demerol and Darvocet), it has worked and continues to work the best. I'm on 120mg (Avinza) daily and am at a good pain control level with low side effects. It's around a 2-3 on a good day with a possible 6 on a bad, but that seems to be the max pain level on a bad day so far (for the past few months). I do take fiber and make sure I eat lots of fruit and veggies to avoid constipation though.

I think skygirl meant that she has chronic pain and fell down 3 weeks ago which caused it to get worse.
Every PM has their own choice of medications that they may or may not use. For example my PM will not ever prescribe Oxycontin and uses MS Contin or morphine instead. Much of it may be tied to the stigma that they do or don't believe. Other meds that are common are Oxycontin and Methadone. Each of them brings their own set of side effects, there's no magic pill that works for any given person.

Your dosage may be too high for you and perhaps your doctor should try you on a lower dosage or switch you to Avinza which releases much slower and more smoothly than MS Contin. Many individuals, myself included, have problems with the release of MSC and get quite nauseated. I had less problems with nausea with the Avinza but on the flip side it provided little to no relief through out the day.

Constipation is very common with the vast majority of narcotics. Eating a high fiber diet and drinking lots of water can help with the situation. You may find the same problem with Oxy or even Methadone. I found Methadone actually caused more severe constipation than Morphine while others have no issue at all.

Definately talk to your doctor. Additionally depending on your actual type of pain a different type of medication may be better. If you are having problems with muscle or spasms or nerve pain you are going to find that narcotics have little effect in relieving the pain as opposed to medication that is specifically made for those conditions.

Good luck to you!
Barbie
Hi,
I had a pain management doctor that was convinced that morphine HAD to be working for the severe nerve pain caused by the tumors embedded in my nerve roots. I was also taking up to 7 10/325 norco a day. I kept telling him I thought it only made me tired and caused brainfog. He insisted my pain level would be so much worse without it. I stayed with it over a year and a half. I finally left the doctor and dropped the morphine. My pain level was unchanged, my head cleared and I felt awake again. Morphine isn't always effective for every type of pain.