Morphine for the dying patient

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Avatar f tn I had patients that the family would demand that we feed them but they could not eat any food physically because of their symptoms so they would make us put in a feeding tube for the patient even though we told them that it was not good for the patient and it would probably kill them earlier they never wanted to believe us they always thought we were trying to starve their family member.
Avatar n tn I think you will be alright and can slowly taper off on your own,but if you are caught up in the Morphine High you WILL be in for a long rough ride,Please do not blame the Drug,remember what you are going back to,yourself.Addiction is different to psychological and physical dependence,you are not addicted.Addicted people are totally preocupied by the drug they crave the euphoria and only want to stop because they are not getting high anymore.
Avatar f tn If I have my primary doc admit me to the hospital do I get put to sleep for all the bad parts? Where do I even start? How long will it take to slowly decrease at home?
653169 tn?1303449969 I don't think I want to give the methadone a full 2 weeks and then stop and risk withdrawals for something that isn't helping the pain. Only the oxycodone for breakthrough is helping the pain, but I'm gonna run out too soon cuz the methadones isn't working at all. He wanted me to give it the two weeks but I just don't feel good about that.
1855076 tn?1337118903 While your regular Doc might not be available, one of the Doctors are always appointed as the urgent care Doc for the day. These appointments usually become filled right away in the morning so you would have to call right away. There is not a clinic that I know of that doesn't practice this. You also had another option and that was the ER. If you were having a really hard time of it then the ER and their level of care was the place to be.
Avatar f tn If that gets no action, ask for the Director of Nursing and the hospital's patient advocate (usually part of social services). If you really want to make a Rached shake in her shoes, ask for her nursing license number. I think most hospitals now have that number printed on nurse IDs so it's not like she'd have to go look it up. The sad thing is that if you're alone in the hospital and these things happen, you're sick and hardly in any shape to be your own advocate.
Avatar f tn My Brother was diagnosed with end stage cirrhosis of the liver 2 years ago and given 6 months to live, he never even slowed down with his drink of choice (vodka around a fifth a day) 2 weeks ago he took a turn for the worse. He was as yellow as mustard, even the whites of his eyes are yellow. Even though he didn't want to go to the hospital, his nephew, my son, is a police officer and basically "made" him go because he was not able to make decisions for himself.
Avatar n tn I delivered end stage drugs for hospice, and could tell the status of the patient by the doses and medication they were receiving (this was ironic considering I was a former heroin user delivering very large quantities of opiates on a daily basis). Anyway, hospice contains some of the most compassionate people I have encountered. Eventually, I left the job (I'm a artist, and it was one of many survival strategies), as watching everyone die finally became overwhelming.
1302510 tn?1322109716 I think (though I haven't really encountered such) that it is stressful on the part of the patient, challenging and stressful on the part of the clinician, and painful on the part of the relatives. Is there a softer way of divulging such information? It's true that patients always have the right to be informed, and yet, there is paternalism on the part of the doctor. Another question: When do you know that it is the high time to do it?
Avatar n tn it is a form of rapid detox and basically stops the brain craving for the morphine, can be very effective with some people but also has down sides like it makes your body extra extra sensitive to any opiod you may take after thetreatment and this can be very dangerous as a dose which you could once tolerate you will no longer be able to tolerate and thus there is the danger of even death.
82861 tn?1333457511 She had already bled out the entire transfusion and then some. Back to her usual out-patient place for another transfusion which took me 3 more days to set up. In the meantime, Mom is bleeding to death. I managed to get her cardiologist to look at the x-ray while she was getting transfused. When he went down to talk to her, he wanted to admit her for further evaluation of the aneurysm. BOOM! Mom threw a fit of epic proportions.
Avatar n tn At the time of his dying (he had serious breathing diffulties because he had aspergillis, a type of mold) he had his blood pressure going very low and nurse said he was dying. We wanted this to be less painful for him and asked for morphine. 30 minutes after he died, he came back suddenly to stay on and off with us for 8 hours. The nurse said that the morphine given might sometimes lead to adrenaline release and make them come back. Is this true? Where can I research more on this issue?
Avatar f tn My mom has her final will stating that she is not to be resusitated nor intibated, and she's requested no dialysis. She refused a cathiter for the first 3 days in the hospital because it was uncomfortable, until I begged her to do it, but if I leave for a second, she pulls it out and bleeds alot. I feel that she's given up. I think now though, she sort of has a regret for drinking and not stopping when she was well enough to "recover", but she's trying to refuse all options.
203342 tn?1328740807 I know it was on the ballot for several different areas and even in my area on legalizing it for medical purposes or banning it. I looked briefly into it and was impressed by not only how much it may help people (medically) but how carefully it is regulated when it is used medically. It is strictly done in a doctor's office and carefully monitored. It's not like they are going into a back alley somewhere and buying this from drug dealers. They also appear to monitor the amount and usage.
12773 tn?1328916786 They have me drink all this 'stuff' for the MRI and about 2 hours later they come and get me for the MRI. They pull me over from the gurney to the MRI table, and mind you, I'm pretty relaxed right now. The nurse is talking to me over a lspeaker telling me to 'breath in, hold my breath, exhale ...etc...etc.' She asks me if I'm okay and I tell her .... 'I really need to go to the bathroom ...' Well to make a long story short, I wasn't kidding. But that wasn't the bad part of it.
182493 tn?1348056515 In patient or out-patient…typically every day for the first 5-6 days, than every other day until the symptomology has subsided. These nutrient bags can contain proteins, vitamins, electrolytes, and other elements necessary for the body-mind to heal. The advantage of IV therapy is that all essential cofactors bypass compromised gut function. Only when the healing occurs will the symptoms of withdrawal disappear totally.
1684282 tn?1505701570 He signed consents, went through pre-procedural testing, but the morning of the procedure the pull of the heroin was too great. All he wanted to do is back out and get back to using. He told us that he knows all the risks, but he is too smart and nothing will happen to him. His mind created excuses for his use and he told us that he does not use that much and there is nothing wrong with getting occasionally high.
582937 tn?1218180643 (it's the laws that are trouble) Something must have happened in the Clinic I go to because out of the blue (first time in seven years) they gave me a UA (pee test) and when I came up hot for cannabis the Dr cut me off cold turkey from Oxy. Not good. The ethics of cutting a six-year opiate patient off cold turkey are questionable at least-- I believe the first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath is "Do No Harm" but that is beside the point of this forum.
733362 tn?1489798536 I'm sure my HR has been way high in the morning for a long time, just never checked it until today. I think it's the Soma, maybe I chose the wrong one to wean off. Doctors kept me on soma for 12 years and will continue. He used to prescribe 120 soma w/11 refills then the rules changed and he gave me 120 Soma w/4 refills, 120 Lortabs w/4 refills and 90 Valium w 4 refills, then he moved away after 25 years of being my Doctor. I never took as many as he rx'd me.
Avatar f tn Methadone was originally to help heroin addicts stop using and later for severe pain management, it is near the end of the line for control of either, and I don't know if your there yet?
Avatar n tn If you don't have access, Valerian Root extract from the health food store is very valium-like in its effect. Take hot baths or jacuzzis for the muscle aches. Take Immodium for the runs. That's about all you can do, but this is the tried and true way to ease the withdrawal to a bearable level. Take care. Post some more here if you want to talk.
528396 tn?1217529613 I took lortab 10's for what seemed like 4EVER. But, i also take/took MsContin 3x a day along w/ it. My dr. switched my meds recently due to my tox screen showed i do NOT absorb hydrocodone (lortab/vicodin). Maybe u don't absorb it either?! THE next step up for pain control is PERCOCET/PERCODAN (oxycodone 5mg. generic name)! I take 3 percodan's (w/ NO tylenol) a day ALONG w/ 3 MsContin 15mg. NOTHING gets me out of pain. BUT it helps EASE the pain.
233616 tn?1312790796 OK, I can't help it if you are having some anger tonight, except to say I wish you well and don't care to argue with you so this will be my last attempt to explain. If my words mean nothing to you, fine, you perhaps need to read my bios.....but no. I'm not worth one cent more than anyone else, less in fact, and less deserving of tx.
Avatar f tn I have been in pain management for over a year for two herniated discs in the neck, two herniated lumbar and three bulging lumbar. I was just moved up from 5mg Percocet to 10mg Percocets 4x a day, no acetiminophen. All of their "shots" are usless and I am not a surgical candidate and from what I hear and see, I am not letting them operate!
4522800 tn?1470329434 Now he is so out of it that he can not make any conversation and just sleeps. I know 100% in my Heart it is the Med. So the other day I get a call from the Place. ( I worked there off and on since the 90s so I know most if them) Anyway I told them that I am happy with them and all they do..THIS has nothing to do with them..Hospice is supposed to let me know things. I told her that I had just called Hospice and let them know how I felt. Hospice said that they would take the patch down to 12mg.
Avatar f tn But if a doctor felt that yes, there amount of pain would be more successfully treated by using short acting meds without the APAP or a long acting med like a lower dose oxycontin, than that's between teh doctor and the patient and not between the DA, doc and patient. They continue to make the doctors liable for patients actions. There is no way a pain doctor throughout their career will not treat at the very least two addicts who scammed their way in.
765775 tn?1366028291 But, significant harm can occur if patients are uninformed about how to properly take the drugs, doctors inappropriately prescribe the drugs, or if legitimate prescriptions get into the hands of people other than the intended patient, Dr. John Jenkins, director of the FDA's Office of New Drugs, part of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said during a news conference back in February.
Avatar f tn I threw a fit and asked for something to be given IV and I was accused of wanting the drugs for myself, at that point I was truly wanting pain meds for the patient. I was swiping percocet that time, not demerol or Morphine. They felt because she could not speak that she was not in pain. I really did and still am sick and tired of the whole deal......and Annie, I know where you are at with this and I truly do feel for you, I only wish there was some way I could help....