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Treating pain after opioid addiction: A personal story

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April 07, 2017

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Elizabeth WMcGlone
June 03, 2017

I’m really glad to read this story . You were able to use these medications for their intended purpose. The key points for me were also telling my surgeon about my use history. My family is suffering this problem. My mom has a surgery and she has unbearable pain. When I read story and I suggest my mom to take this process. Now a day, she is free from that pain.

Elizabeth WMcGlone
June 03, 2017

I’m really glad to read this story . You were able to use these medications for their intended purpose. The key points for me were also telling my surgeon about my use history. My family is suffering this problem. My mom has a surgery and she has unbearable pain. When I read story and I suggest my mom to take this process. Now a day, she is free from that pain.

Evelyn Zak
May 09, 2017

I’m happy to read this and that you were able to use these medications for their intended purpose. I had a similar scenario, slipping on ice and pilon fracturing tib/fib. It hurt a lot and I had extensive surgery. The key points for me were also telling my surgeon about my use history, telling recovering friends, keeping the mess in safe hands, and using as prescribed. Then one day I didn’t have intense pain anymore and OTC mess we’re enough. No cravings, no euphoric recall, nothing. Today makes the 31st year of my decision to stop abusing all mood altering substances!

Thanks for posting!

Elizabeth Deleo
April 29, 2017

I’m so happy for you! I love hearing stories such as these I have a close family member struggling with this . Tears your whole family apart. But in the other end of it, my husband has pancreatic cancer . We are at mass general waltham . He is stable for now has horrible neuropathy and arthritis worse after chemo and they make him jump through hoops for a tramadol prescription . He has never been pull seeking. So he simply doesn’t go back to get refills and suffers in pain because everyone is so worried about addiction . Again , pancreatic cancer. 5 yrs 7% survival.

Lori Geiger
May 26, 2017

Terribly inhumane!!! Look into hospice care..they treat their pts. with compassion, care and dignity!! Best of luck to you, I lost a dear friend years ago to pancreatic cancer. Such a horrific disease. My heart goes out to you, your husband and family.

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April 14, 2017

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Karen Ortwein
April 13, 2017

I have been on Opana ER for about 13 years. I take exactly as directed–1 every 12 hours. I have Percocet for breakthrough pain up to 3 in a 24 hour period. As a rule I take 2 per 24 hour period. I’ve never craved either drug. Why such self control? Well it’s not really a heroic feat on my part, I think it’s just my physical constitution. I don’t like not being in control–it terrifies me. I didn’t smoke, drink or take drugs in my teens. Even as a young person I didn’t want to be out of control and vulnerable. So I’m very thankful for that. I deal with pain from lupus, vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, cervical stenosis/spondylolithesis and other painful problems. I owe much to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and as a result I can take my constant pain/torment to the Lord in prayer. The relief and calmness I receive gets me through the day. I wish I wasn’t in this pain and I hope access to opiates isn’t removed in the future. I need them as do many others. We can hope science will bring a solution.

Peter Grinspoon, M.D.
April 12, 2017

Good luck!!

Malena S
April 11, 2017

Its happy to hear that you recovered from opioid addiction. The addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, and pain relievers is a serious global problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies. Even I got addicted to drugs in my college days and I wasted two important years of my life. It took me six months to recover from these habits and I know it was painful. Now I work in a reputated company and provide services to master and phd students for their research.

john
April 10, 2017

i would like to say this blog helps me in my battle and to know that he as a doctor experianced what patience do..i mean that with no harshness…i have digenerative disc disease and siatica…i been on pain meds for the last seven years to this point in my life…i went on my own and have gotten help ….im current on subs but i find my self in your situation …im looking in to get spinal chord stimulator…..i been thanking and nerves are
shot until i found this blog….your human compation should be spread to doctors every were…..after surgery and pain is gone i will get back on sub and have confedence that i will retain my abstinance….thank you for this blog really} it works if you work it!!!

Peter Grinspoon, M.D.
April 12, 2017

Good luck John!!!

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