Morphine dosage chronic pain

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After running the gamut of pain medications in an effort to find some relief from the constant, chronic pain I endure from spondylolisthesis, I've been prescribed morphine tablets at 10 mgs per tab. I'm still getting no relief from the pain. Should I ask my GP for a higher dosage?
However if she was extremely frail and on additional medications that caused respiratory depression it could have been a contributing factor. Many chronic pain patients take even higher doses of Morphine and function. Morphine has many side effects. The most dangerous is respiratory depression. Minor degrees of respiratory depression may be detected following standard doses of morphine, but this is not clinically important.
I'm not a doctor, but I am a long-time opiate user and chronic pain patient (disk problems) and I know that dosages of drugs like vicodin, oxycontin and percodan are relative. Everyone is different. You might get more relief from a small dose of hydrocodone than a theoretically more-potent dose of oxycodone (percs, oxycontin). My best guess is, forgetting tolerance for a moment, that one percodan is equivalent to 10 to 15 mg of morphine (oral).
As a drug fiend, that last characteristic knocks bup off my hit parade, but I must concede the stuff sounds like a terrific solution to chronic pain and opiate dependence. So, give yourself a vacation from guilt. The fact that you're human means you are susceptible to opiate addiction. That doesn't mean it's a great career move to become a junkie, but it's no moral failure, either. You couldn't be more normal, and don't let any medico treat you otherwise. Good luck.
if you have been on it for a long time then your body will sometimes get used to it and will need it more often. it is withdrawl symptems from the morphine. if you are in chronic pain and your meds are wearing off then you need to talk to your dr... you should keep a constant dose in your system so that you are constantly going thru withdrawls and feeling those symptoms along with your pain. it is no fun to constantly be going thru that...
There are other ways to deal with Chronic pain than getting hooked on Opiates. Hope you will take the time to research them and choose one that works for you. Almost everyone on her started with legit pain issues and ended up in dire straights having to detox and w/d from opiates. All the best to you.
Jenny Your OB and PM docs should be the ones telling you what's safe to take and dosage during pregnancy. I have chronic pain also and know that it is more important that your vitals are stable then worrying about taking pain meds. You need the pain controlled so your vitals are stable. I wasn't taking morphine ( I'm actually allergic to it) I was taking Norco and fentanyl patches during my pregnancies which my doctors agreed was safe for me and baby.
My husband is on Morphine every 8 hours for chronic pain on his left shoulder that was fused 2 years ago.... does anybody know about this drug or the kind of surgery he's had?
In my opinion prescribing 5mg of Morphine to treat severe chronic pain is like fishing with a naked hook ... it gets you nothing but at least the fisherman can say she has something in the water. In this instance you can interchange the word fisherman with physician. :o) In my humble opinion I would ask the physician to increase the current dose to see if the opiate was the right one to treat the pain. You certainly are on an extremely low dose.
I have had chronic pain on and off for years, first from a horsebackriding accident, then more recently breast cancer, and all the subsequent surgeries and radiation. My doctor recently had me on 30 mg of MS Contin, twice daily. I'm over it though. Last week, I reduced it to 15 mg. twice daily, then 15 mg. once daily, after a few days. Last night, I cut it to 7.5 mg. Today, I have stopped. I'm not feeling so bad, just the diarhea and sneezing?
I am a 47yr old female with chronic pain. My Dr. prescribes Morphine for me for pain. However, I know I am addicted to it and, even though I have gone down some on my dosage by tapering, I am still taking 360MG per day and, can't seem to get it any lower. I am feeling a great deal of remorse over this and frustration cause I don't want to take it anymore but, now I have to or, I go into withdrawal. Should I try to find an addiction specialist in my area? If so, how do I start?
As a person with chronic pain I have been taking 40mg of morphine per day for about 2 years. What do you recommen I do regarding my Dr.
Percocet is not for chronic pain. Neither is Lortab. Both have paracetamol in them, which, after months or years of everyday use, will most likely take it's toll on the liver, esophagus or stomach, or all three. Pure morphine is a much better choice. Ask your doctor to do a liver function test (AST/ALT and ALP) while everyday on paracetamol and see for yourself.
Have had chronic back pain & fibromyalgia but I am going to have back surgery for stenosis and want to stop my narcotic meds. I have morphine cr 45mg 3x/day which I asked to change due to side effects. Dr put me on Oxycodone 20mg 4x/day. After my back surgery recuperation I want to stop the meds. Which one should I be on for an easier withdrawal. I am scared because I have been on this for ages.
My current doctor has me on vicoden 5/500(I think is the dose) every4hrs as needed for chronic leg pain and migraines (leg pain from a skin problems, my legs feel as tho they're on fire when I move to sitting or standing due to screwed up blood flow and infected blisters.) . I'm almost 28weeks pregnant. And once I reach abotu 36 weeks I'll stop taking it all together. As it is I don't use it everyday myself.
Yes I would think you are correct in that his w/ds aren't bad because he is on Morphine. When he is completely of all opiates is when you will see how bad the w/ds will be. He may be fine though, I used oxys for a year and my w/ds werent that bad at all, but lots of others have had it much worse and it is different for everyone. You will never be able to predict what it will be like.
Mollyrae is trying to offer you a solution, which is correct that you speak to your pharmacist. We are not experts here only chronic pain Pt's trying to help each other with our personal experiences and first hand knowledge as you know. I have never heard of the problem your having and did a little research and found nothing. Perhaps speaking with your doctor will help.
Over the next few weeks, my right hand was constantly sweating, became extremely sensitve to cold and I developed vertical lines in my fingernails on the right side only. This was the first time I had ever heard the phrase 'Chronic Pain Syndrom'. I opted NOT to have my left hand operated on. I saw the doc at the pain clinic and had a bone density scan (which was normal) and x-rays (again, normal). He gave me Gaglion (sp?) Blocks which had no effect.
I see that many Posters have indicated their shock at hearing of someone using over 100 Mgs per day of MS Contin-- 100 Miligrams is NOT an outrageous dosage when it comes to Morphine or Oxy/hydrocodone. In fact, many chronic pain patients require 5 to 6 TIMES that dosage per day to relieve their pain. The human body adjusts and gets "Used to" dosages of opiates on a sliding scale.
I could really use some advice. I'm 23 years old and have chronic pain in my pelvic area. My primary doctor has sent me to pain management clinic. I was sent to the first doctor this year in February. I have been on every non narcotic medicine they can seem to think of and nothing helps. The doctor I saw in February put me on 10/325 lortab 6 times a day. I only saw him for one follow up appointment and he sent me to another office.
than morphine. For that reason, he prescribed a dosage lower than for morphine. So far, it seems to me to have been about equally effective, possibly a bit more effective, than the morphine. The only reservation I have is that the effectiveness doesn't seem to quite last all the way through the 12 hours between the times that I take the pill. Any thoughts? Thanks!
from shanna707 actually Please someone tell me what I can expect trying methadone. Is 20mg a high dose?? I am apprehensive to start this med but my morphine is wearing off and I'm really starting to hurt. I just wanted to know from someone with experience what they think about methadone good and bad and if it relieves muscle and joint pain well!!
Currently I take the extended relief morphine sulfate and norco 10/325 for severe bilateral SI joint pain. I am not responding to the morphine at all even at a higher dosage. I feel I am building a tolerance to the norco so that doesn't work well either anymore. Upon telling my specialist this, he said there was really nothing else he had for me. I don't believe him. My pain becomes intense @ 9 out of 10. excruciating! Also I under went cordizone injection with sedsation and that didn't work!
Hi nubbin1954, First, I want to welcome you to the PM (Pain Management) Forum and let you know that we are glad you found this Forum. We are all CP (Chronic Pain) Patients that help each other with our own expertise and experiences that we have developed through our own CP Issues. I'm sorry that you are experiencing all of these withdrawal symptoms from the Methadone!! I don't know if I'm reading this correctly but have you been on the Methadone for all 15 of those years?
first, i am so sorry to hear about your pain...i also suffer from chronic back (and neck pain)..after being hit by a car while walking acroos the street..my life has changed soooo much..i also must say, i always thought methadone was for heroin addicts, i never knew it was a pain medication..i am currently prescribed 60 mg. kadain 2x daily and 10mg morphine 2x daily..i really feel i want to reduce the kadain..i am so tired of pain meds...and feeling like an addict..i do NOT understand how a dr.
I have been taking it at night 300mg small dose for sleep and Chronic Pain. I dont want to go to a higher dosage until I research more. My doctor says this is a good helpful medicine. I just want to get more input. Thank you very much for your help. Shelly.
I read a medical text recently that said narcotics are not approved for the treatment of chronic pain. Is this true? I also had a fellow Fibromyalgia sufferer send me info on an "Intractable Pain Act" passed in California some years ago. This was established in part because of chronic pain patients commiting suicide after having doctors and hospitals reject their pleas for relief. (specifically via narcotic medicine) If this pain act exists, does it apply nationwide?
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