Morphine for end of life care

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Do some research on it and you'll see what I'm talking about. And morphine is a wonderful drug for people at the end of life. I understand your concern as I had many families with the same questions that you do and have the same believe. But I can promise you that but not the way that it is when you were dying your body does not need or want food and it will kill you.
But just because he's off the drugs for a week, or a month doesn't mean that life automatically becomes perfect for everyone. It's an ongoing struggle around the board and ya'll have to be willing to put the work into yourselves and each other. You have a reason not to trust him and to doubt what he says to you because that's how things have worked in the past. He needs to prove to you that he's doing the right thing by his actions.
I am not going anywhere right now, but to know that everything is taken care of and that my family won't have to go through my stuff wondering what to do with it, or plan a funeral is a great relief to me and I can enjoy my life MORE knowing these things are taken care of. For those of you that are worried, please don't be. I am not being morbid and I am not planning on dying today.
Indeed that may have been a factor 75 years ago. I do not know. Today we have learned much about end of life care and management. Morphine is very short acting. I saw what opiates did for my father. I would not have wanted him to have any more or any less then what was prescribed. When the Holy Spirit sent His Angels for my father, he went peacefully and quickly. Isn't that what we want for all those we love? I did not want to see my father squirm in pain or gasp for air.
Some patients have reported to have itching (in more than 10%), rash and development of hives. The possibilities for allergy are due to presence of Phenanthrene in opioids. You can even develop hypersensitivity reactions to other phenanthrene derivative opioid agonists (codeine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, levorphanol, oxycodone, oxymorphone). Another precipitating factor is morphine is known to release histamine which can further precipitate the allergy.
Eventually we found the combo of 100mg Fentanyl Patch every other day, 200mg MS Contin, 2X day along with (2) 30mg MSIR a day for breakthrough pain all of which I have been on for almost 5 years now. Believe it or not, the meds don't effect me all too much, occasional constipation and/or upset stomach but I don't feel 'high' at all and I am able to function mentally. I am still very limited physically, if I 'over do' it, the pain makes itself known.
the morphine for me was the background drug, and the roxi's and percs were for breakthrough pain but they were really for me to get high off the springboard of morphine. And how I got! I tried to melt the extended release, but I don't use needles and snorting it doesn't get a person off. The only thing with the suboxone is that he is still self-prescribing his therapy. Maybe he really wants it to change and just made an independent decision. I hope for you that this is so.
Doctors care more about drug abuse these days then they do the quality of life for their patients. It's so sad. I would like to say to my doctor, " If your mother was on this stuff, would you force her to stay on it feeling this way?" But no way. The last thing I want to do is get her mad. Good luck, and let me know if you get any really good advice, I could use some.
My husband started showing distress and pain yesterday evening, and we added liquid morphine to lorazepam every 4 hours. Shortly after 5am this morning he started thrashing and groaning in terrible discomfort, gasping for breath, struggling as if fighting an unseen enemy. Hospice nurses recommended we double his pain and anxiety medication... ten minutes later, holding his hand, I looked into my husband's eyes and heard him take his last two breaths just before 6am today.
but i was fairly resigned at that stage to stay on it for life. i didn't really care. the only thing i really had to live for was my 4 yr old daughter, and all parents know, children can be difficult when you are a normal person, let alone when you are an addict of heroin. so i went back on it. looking back, i wish i had had the strength at that point to just stop heroin and not go back on m'done. but i didn't.
They will be able to advise you on how much is safe and those kinds of things, its really not something to panic over, you have to do what is good for BOTH of you. I wish you the best of luck and congratulations on the baby.
The 30s and early 40s of tx were hardest for me. Once I got to about week 45 it was "light at the end of the tunnel" time and a breeze. I was still feeling tired and beat up but I knew that I would be done with the riba and full peg soon (I'm doing a half dose of peg for a while after doing 50 weeks of the full deal). Hang in there -- you're near the end.
Ive recently started acupuncture, combined with massage therapy (which leaves me pretty much debiliated for 2 days from the pain of the intenseness of the masseur), along with chiropractic care... Last week I did take over the counter sleep medicine, along with gravol. But I haven't taken anything in a few days. I do sleep, but wake ever few hours. It's more the anxiety at this point on what's to come. I'm also returning to work on Sunday, for the 1st time since beginning of May.
I am really glad that I found this forum...I am currently in as state of shock over what just took place at my own pain management doctors office. I have herniated lumbar discs which have also caused nerve damage, degenerative disc disease and buldging cervical discs. I have been on morphine for about 4 years, extended release and instant release. Last month the doctor gave ALL patients a urine test and when I got there today he said "we have a problem"...
I am on both morphine and percocet-the morphine for my regular med and the percocets for breakthrough pain. But it is ALL breakthrough pain to me! Pain is abnormal and therefore it is breaking through into my life-a life that was once normal in which I could pursue activities wholeheartedly rather than cringing with pain with each step I take, with each move I make. Give your body a chance to adjust to the medication and see what happens. It may end up being a god send for pain relief.
Hello, I know there is no real absolute way to define anyone's end of life. I just need to know if anyone can give me a rough guesstimate. My Mom is 73 and was diagnosed about 4-5 yrs ago. I recently moved her to GA with me and my boys from Arkansas to care for her. We lost my Dad July 2010 to a sudden Glioma brain tumor, major shock and I am still reeling from that. My life has changed drastically and I am my Mom's primary caregiver.
the study was for females as well, of course the womans life was longer, expectency was 61 for the non-drinker, and 55 (i believe) for the drinker.
i thought i was just the best of the cons around, well being an addict is now the consequences of my actions that i will now have to fight for the rest of my life...dont say i dont take responsibility of my actions...i most definately do...
Yes I'm aware of how horrible it is I feel like such a failure to everyone around me I've never told anyone I take it every day for the fear of people judging me. I have no one to go to or to tell and Its been eating at me for the past couple months. Each day is a battle if I'm going to get up and do something or just lay in my bed and feel like my legs are going to fall off from the muscle aches.. I've tried going down to a half a day but I couldn't stand the way i felt.
We're not bad people, we're good people with a bad disease...that will kill us without treatment. In a couple of days you'll be clean for two months. Early congratulations for that milestone Brandi. You're making positive steps towards solid recovery. Just the fact that you have the desire to get into aftercare is huge! You want this very badly. That willingness is a lifesaver.
He swapped out the morphine sulfate ER that I was taking for Opana ER. The dose of the Opana ER includes my doses of breakthrough meds that I was taking so it looks like I will only need to take 2 pills a day of pain medication. I am taking my first dose tomorrow morning. I will let you know how it works out for me. My PCP was also VERY worried about my tylenol intake from the percocet. He said 2,000 mg was the soft limit and I was bumping up against that.
I will pray for both of you. I will pray for her comfort, and I will pray for your strength. God Bless....
I feel we are now at the end times and feel helpless as to what we can do. I just wish his quality of life hadn't gone down so much, it is painful to see and so sad since he is only 66, probably won't make 67 (June 30th). My brother has done an amazing job and keeping him at home and keeping him as happy as possible, I live 230 miles away so I am not there as much as I should have been.
I feel like it takes every ounce of energy just to do the simplist thing. On top of that, I am caring for my kids. But, I want my life back. So, I am just going to get through every 10min. Thanks again for all of your words. I am going to do everything in my power to make myself get better.
I hope this will be my answer for that part of my issues and maybe give me back some quality of life. That alone is what is making me say, okay let's do this. Medicare only picked up like $350 of the cost of the LP. I have secondary MediCal, which will pick up the remainder. I won't have to pay any of it. I know there are different plans with Medicare. With different coverage types. I didn't check into them because my type was automatic because I was on MedCal. Thanks, MissL....
Once we have a working liver again in our body these issues normally disappear literally overnight or whenever the transplant surgery has been done. After living with all of these complication of liver disease for many years it is truly amazing to wake up after transplant and realize that you no longer have these issues to live with.
I stayed for the last six weeks of his life. He was very frail and thin, like a skeleton. He couldn't eat or barely drink. He couldn't do anything alone. Your stepfather will need to be bathed and cared for like a tiny and frail baby. One thing that won't change is who he is. Noah never changed inside. He loved the same poetry, the same music, the theatre and laughed at all my jokes. I cooked and cleaned and carved pumpkins for him. I made a huge childlike calendar for his fridge.
I have a very dear friend who has been living with Liver Cancer for some years. He is in the end stages now. I am the only person in his life that knows of his condition. He has chosen not to tell any of his family members. While I do not mind knowing & being a support for him, it is also hard - because he has created this "secret." Never a healthy thing to do.
Phantom and organic and I am going broke buying pills from people that make their living selling their own prescriptions because they need to pay their rent more than they need to be out of pain. I hate the drugs.. I hate my life..I hate feeling sorry for myself... and have absolutely no idea of what to do. I have lost my leg, my life, my kids.. I am seriously questioning what is the point.
I had to go off morphine for a period of time. Even though I had been using morphine for 19 years, I had ZERO withdrawal symptoms. No physical withdrawal and no psychological problems with craving the drug. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? I don't know who to believe now! But I saw your post and I wanted to express my support. Here's a tip--get off the fentanyl NOW. I've heard of doctors reducing morphine while adding fentynal. I don't understand what their excuse is.
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