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An_253494 posted:
The doctors have had me on 60mg morphine for the past ten years for degenerated disc disease, and for the past seven years, I have had bad pain in my stomach and bad chills. I did the getting off morphine, but I don't want to live like this. What did I ever do, to deserve this? At one time the doctor gave me donnatal, generic for belladonna. and it took the pain away, but it's not available anymore and the belladonna is over $200.00 and I can't afford this. I either have to get in to a program for help or just shoot myself in the head because I can't take this anymore. I'm up for suggestions. Thank you for listening to me.
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davedsel responded:
Hello.

Your wisest move would still be to talk to your doctor about other prescription pain medications that may help. There are no doctors here, and the Terms Of Use prevent anyone in a WebMD community to offer any medical advice. What doctor is prescribing your pain medication? Have you or can you see a pain management specialist? The best types are physiatrists as they offer a wide variety of treatments.

Your depression is part of suffering from chronic pain. I would encourage you to get counseling of some type to help you deal with all this. There are mental health professionals that deal with chronic pain patients and can help.

I pray you can get the help and relief you need soon.
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Blessings,

-Dave
 
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trs1960 responded:
Like Dave said, talk to your doc, this is where a pain management anesthesiaologists may be good as they are experts in pharmacology. Maybe you could even talk to your pharmacist? I know most these drugs are chemically very similar, but the tiniest amount of difference can Mage a huge difference in the way our body metabolizes the drug. I've had weird stuff happen, but it took months for the changes to be noticeable.

Best of luck

T
 
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homeron replied to davedsel's response:
The pain center prescribed morphine for degenerated disc disease. That was over ten years ago. They had me on a program to get off the morphine taking less every day, but that just isn't working, because of the pain in my lower back. I went to the ER today and they gave me a shot of Hydromorphone and lorazepam, which in about an hour relieved some of my symptions and they gave me a list for morphine detox. I called yesterday, and this place doesn't do Government insurance and wanted $50,000.00. They must be out of their tree, greedy people. One day, greed will ruin everything.
 
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trs1960 replied to homeron's response:
Like Dave said up front, work with your doc to find a solution. The rehab business is booming and while I'm sure there are people abusing prescription meds that's not what we're talking about here. You have a physical condition that has left with chronic intractable pain. Taking drugs every day sucks, but it may be the only way for you to find a decent quality of life. I have also had issues with morphine and after long term use I don't like the way it makes me feel.

As for getting off the drug...do you to quit taking opiads or is morphine the problem? A simple change to a different analgesic may be the answer. I've found that every few years I do better if I change my analgesic as my body gets sensitized to the drug and u get less pain relief and more side affects.

I have had good luck eliminating the narcotics by working with my doctor to tritate down and use methadone and then Suboxone and then stop all analgesics. The detox problem went well, but I simply have too much physical damage to sustain a tolerable life with no analgesics to help out.

As you may have read, I'm about to get a pain pump installed which is another way to deal with chronic spine pain. The pain pump dispenses small doses of analgesic medication directly into the cerebrospinal fluid so the drug goes straight to the pain receivers, nociceptors and thus not entering the blood stream. I say this because I, like you cannot stand taking morphine for decades! I don't know if this is the answer, but I'm going to give it a try. I've been able to quit pain meds many times, but an under medicated person suffering intractable pain is no success story, I don't care what the opiad dependence programs and parts of society try and tell you. Aristotle talked about the negative ramifications pain caused us and contemporary studies show that left untreated chronic pain will shorten your life and destroy its quality.

Good luck,

Tim


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