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Breakthrough Pain

Posted by corafree on September 19, 2004, at 16:44:13

In reply to Re: Thyroid Sad Panda, posted by Cairo on July 22, 2004, at 17:41:40

I really need help with my breakthrough pain. I take Endocet 650 x3 day (generic Percocet) for chronic pain. I have C2-3, 3-4, and 5-6 extruded discs. I cannot afford surgery and surgeons say I'm not bad enough, and, of course, I know it's because they think it's not bad enough. I am having extremely horrible breakthrough pain at this moment. Usually lasts 2-3 or 3-4 days.

This is the second breakthrough in a bit less than 2 weeks. My PCP doesn't prescribe a different med, just allows me 10 extra Endocets per month. IT'S NOT ENOUGH!!! Once he gave me some Vicodin, but messed with my head. And, I cannot take morphine because it does the same.

I feel fortunate that my PCP gives me what he gives me, and am afraid to tell him I need more.

On my back w/ a rolled towel under my neck, lying there crying. I am trying to go full speed ahead at working on myself, emotional illnesses, and other physical illnesses. I am so overwhelmed.

My anxiety med is Klonopin 2mg x2 a day, which isn't working either.

I think a lot of suicidal ideation involves chronic physical pain.

I am trying to get a TENS, but was just at therapy FRIDAY, used a TENS, and then had the breakthrough later in day. It was a very busy day, running here and there.

Seems like I do so much better in a quiet, calm environment, slower environment. Two men are calling me constantly and I'm crying over that...don't know what to do...need them, don't know if want them, but too much pain to pick up phone. They cause me stress. I would have to block quite a few phone numbers and there goes $ again. One guy is very nice and helping me through things; but he just clinging/crowding.

My intended focus right now is DBT therapy, and there is so much anxiety and pain interference. I don't know what way to turn.

Well, it's the next day, and last night my son took me to hospital where they gave me some Xanax 2mg and a shot of Toradol which didn't work, then later a shot of Demerol (which did work) and some Ativan.

I shouldn't have to go to the hospital ($) everytime I have breakthrough pain. Definitely can't afford.

Now, sitting here, I can feel the pain at 2:20p today, waiting like a crouching tiger between my shoulder blades. Need feedback ... cf




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