Morphine for breathing difficulties

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Morphine in terminally ill patients is used more than just for pain. Another us it may be used for is for breathing difficulties. If a patient is working hard to breathe and breathing 20-30 times a minute morphine is given to slow the respirations which in turn relaxes the smooth muscles in the lung and allows better oxygen exchange. It also can be used to decrease restlessness and of course pain management.
If I didn't have it, I wouldn't be shaving Morph so closely. Morphine side-effects are weird. I cry one minute, laugh the next. Then... I have breathing difficulties and pop a Ritalin. Sometimes I catch myself not breathing at all. It's like I exhale, wait, then remember to suck some air 10 seconds later. Is that a normal thing? I also get muscle cramps in my back between the shoulder blades, plus... there are involuntary muscle spasms, especially on a Ritalin "crash".
I found this forum recently while looking for help for my son who has become addicted to morphine while being treated for cancer pain. I make this post today because it greatly disturbed me to see how many people are suffering with addiction problems as a result of pain treatemets. In my search for an antidote to my son's morhpine addiction I came across a treatment that apparently has been used in Britain for about a century to wind people down from morphine addiction.
The pain worsens if i am carring anything at arms lengths or even if i am carring a light bag over either of my shoulders. I have tried; hot, cold, advil and exercise but i haven't seen any releif for the past 5 months. The only thing i think that could have caused the pain is when i moved about 5 months ago. There was a great deal of lifting and stress. I am 26 years old and feel like this pain is limiting my ability to go about my daily task. Any suggestions please?
Thank you for responding, I just learned that a year ago well he was at a party he was introduced to them, and has done them since, he admitted he snorted them at the party but then just started to swallow them "normally" after the party cause he felt sick, he is/was perscribed percocett for pain but i think once the doctor hears this he will loose those i would imagine.
I am extremely allergic to naprosyn and had major hives, facial swelling, and breathing difficulties last time I took that.... can you enlighten me on pain medications - I have a future surgery coming up on my knee and wanted to research or get a better understanding of what is available for me to help with postop pain.......many thanks....
I am still using my pain meds, the MS contin ER is routine not PRN and I use it every 8 hours and I have Roxicodone and I can take up to 3 (5 mgs per tab) every 3 hours for breakthrough pain. I also have valium for muscle pain that I take every 8 hrs with the morphine and trazodone at bedtime to help me to sleep. My NS sent a a referral to my PCP to start seeing a pain specialist. I am so glad Dr E barely shaved any of my hair.
others simply got sick and tired of being sick and tired.....but there IS hope for all of us as long as we're still breathing. I'm gonna share a web site that is one of the MOST helpful, informative, reassuring, supportive, educational, emotional web sites I have been on while learning about my addiction.
Went back to a low does Duragesic patch and the anxiety disappeared, no breathing difficulties and the pain was under better control. As a rule I detest all forms of pain medication as I do not like the out-of-body feeling, but some pain just has to be controlled to prevent one from having a stroke.
It seems that it is the water weight causing the breathing difficulties, and as you indicate it's not from the morphine. Thank you for your quick reply.
FDA required a REMS with Onsolis, because it is a drug that can lead to overdose, sudden serious breathing difficulties, and death. The REMS for Onsolis was specifically tailored to the drug and is not intended to be a model for the long-acting opioid REMS. FDA also approved Embeda in August with a REMS that includes a Medication Guide.
Your extreme fatigue should decrease. GI issues can add to breathing difficulties.....and the opiates can make the fatigue and sleepiness! However be sure to mention this to your PCP. You should rule out any possible cardiac problems as they sometimes present with these symptoms. So don't assume that your symptoms are related to your meds...although that would be my best guess. Just be safe and cover you bases. Please let us know what you discover.
FDA required a REMS with Onsolis, because it is a drug that can lead to overdose, sudden serious breathing difficulties, and death. The REMS for Onsolis was specifically tailored to the drug and is not intended to be a model for the long-acting opioid REMS. FDA also approved Embeda in August with a REMS that includes a Medication Guide.
They use one for the first few days or a week or so. Then the other for the remainder. I don't know alot, just what I read. Here is a link to answer your questions: www.suboxone.
They had her on 100% Oxygen and was giving her Lortab and Morphine pills for the pain. After a few days, they told us they had done all that they could do and suggested "Comfort Care". That's what they call withdrawing everything from the patient except for a Morphine pump. My sister and I were her Medical Power of Attorneys, so one of us had to sign the papers. That was the hardest decision I ever had to make in my life. Something I never, ever believed I would ever agree to...
I had a TT last Tuesday and they didn't realize my thyroid was pushing on my trachea until they went in. I can definitely tell that my breathing is better after my thyroid was out. I had a lot of concerns about the surgery myself and waffled for awhile but I am really glad I did it.
So, how come have I been getting so many letters lately on my addiction forum from desperate people unable to quit taking the tramadol pills that their own kind doctors have so freely prescribed for them? These doctors seem to forget their pharmacology training. They also forget to use their independent thinking and ability to look up information for themselves.
Hello there, I just finished reading your comments. If in doubt, ask your doctor about the most efficient way to take your meds. The product name for OxyContin is oxycodone. I've just been reading in a resource book of mine, that you have to be very careful with the doses of OxyContin. " Opioid analgestics may prevent clear thought and cloud consciousness. Other adverse effects include nausea,vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, and depressed breathing.
thanks for always replying ed34. yes, that's what the doctor told us about him getting the pneumonia, it is not very uncommon. i will have to check if the pneumonia is either viral or bacterial. but anyhow, the doctor has assured us that it is under control and we see my fiance's condition improving everyday although he is still under sedation and still with respirator.
Well here's my feedback for what it is worth... I had back surgery and was told that when I get up to lift vertebrae by vertebrae. Slowly. Once you get there, STOP, BREATH AND RELAX! Then stat off with the normal foot stride making sure you are pointing your feet forward as you walk. Pay particular attention to your posture at all times. If you have to stop to correct you posture, do so and then continue on steps that you are most comfortable with. paying attention to your breathing.
Naloxone: A drug that antagonizes morphine and other opiates. Naloxone is a pure opiate antagonist and prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension. Sold under the brand name of Narcan and in combination with buprenorphine as Suboxone. i got this straight off MedicineNet.
Urinalysis came back clean (which doesn't mean much to me given that 25 yrs ago I had a severe double kidney infection with clean test results and was in the hospital on a morphine drip for 4 days from it.) I see a new rheumatologist next week. My PCP in the meantime has me on Cyclobenzoprene & Vicoden for pain. What should I be asking at this point? Could all of this be Lupus? It does run in my family (Grandmother & Great Aunt on both sides of the family).
I had a pretty embarrassing day today. I was rushed to the ER twice today for panic attacks or so I think. My first attack was in the morning. I had the normal classic symptoms which included: Heart Palpitations, Sweating, Difficulty breathing, dizzy, spots in my vision. I was wearing one of those polar heart rate monitors when it happened and noticed my heart rate went up to 130, but as soon as the Paramedics got there, it went back down to 90.
Another difference is length of acute withdrawall period; 4-6 days for opiates, 5-9 days for tramadol. Secondary withdrawall varied widely, but though a matter of weeks or months, symptoms DO resolve and successfull recoverers report that in retrospect this period was "more a matter of patience, rather than the teeth grinding endurance" of the first week.
All the information I gathered from doctors, the web and persons such as you, leave me to believe that there is no reason why certain people develop fluid or breathing difficulties. I was on a lung machine for 4 1/2 hours, that is my claim to lung distress. In the meanwhile, some patients having been drained 2 or 3 times, never get it again and are fine. Others may get it a few more times, but I was told it eventually goes away after proper care. Wish me luck!
i had the urinary thing while coming off of hydro. weirdest thing. anyways, i took azo-standard. it's otc and help with the frequency and pain. mine went away after a few days but you could have a urinary tract infection as well. may want to get it checked out. good luck to you.
I feel bad for you. I know extreme pain caused so much physical tension in my body, I am not certain my shoulders were tight from spasms or simply pain. It is so difficult to rationalize the absence of care when the proper care can help your pain and make being a rational human being possible! It is such a "catch 22"! I am not much for swallowing pills or taking meds. but they have been my saving grace in my new pain situation. Good luck.
I'd get severe cramps down my thighs so that I couldn't walk.  * Around the same time I started getting breathing difficulties, reflux and allergies after eating nuts, dairy, nectarines and a huge list of other foods. I'd be rushed to hospital with a tightened throat if I even smelt nuts or ate anything with artificial ingredients. Any animal protein except fish and chicken made me sick. * I became extremely thin ( underweight) and lost a lot of weight even though I generally ate well.
I've been in the ER twice, once for breathing difficulties and once for severe rib and liver pain. The second time, they admitted me for three days. The morphine was an incredible relief and I was so glad I went. I desperately needed the rest and relief I got during that stay. I already had an MRI with lots of brain lesions at that point, so they couldn't accuse me of faking everything. (Note: they ran a bunch of tests and told me they didn't know what was wrong with me.
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