• I am very worried that I will not be properly treated for pain due to presciption drug abuse in the past, namely opiods.

    Asked by clay on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    I am very worried that I will not be properly treated for pain due to presciption drug abuse in the past, namely opiods.

    I am currently takeing opiate maintainance drug call suboxone. so my tolerance is very high.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Clay, hello I am an oncology nurse and I have had patients with this issue before. As long as your doctor is aware of your issues they will always treat for comfort. They might involve a pain management doctor or work with your addiction physician and some docs will have you sign a compliance contract that states you will comply and not abuse the drugs. But pain is always what the patient says it is and I doubt any good doc will undertreat you because of a behavioral issue that is out of your control. Just be open and honest and let the doc know of your concerns. Work together as a team. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      carm gives good advice. tell your health care team everything... tell them when you feel pain and so on... it's hard. i have a friend who has dealt with this issue, and it's not easy...

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      You absolutely deserve and should be treated for your pain to reach a level of comfort. If you feel that your doctor is dropping the ball in this area, communicate your concerns to her or him. If they fail to address your pain issue, it's time for a new doctor. It's important to not abuse them firstly for the reason that you need them to work well when you really need them most.

      Here's information on managing pain with cancer, from the National Cancer Institute:
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/paincontrol/page1/AllPages
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/pain/Patient/page1/AllPages

      over 4 years ago
    • xxx19xxx's Avatar
      xxx19xxx

      I HAD THE SAME CONCERNS.....EXCEPT I FOUND OUT, BETWEEN SPEAKING TO SEVERAL MDs , THIS WEBSITE, AND SEVERAL PATIENTS THAT WHEN YOU HAVE PAIN THE DRUGS GO THERE TO HELP YOU FEEL BETTER AND DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO GETTING HIGH OR ANY ADDICTION PROBLEMS....I HAD NEVER KNOWN THIS AND WAS MIGHTY GLAD TO HEAR IT AS WELL AS YOU PROBABLY ARE. IT DOES MAKE SENSE THOUGH, THAT PAINKILLERS WILL GO FIGHT THE MAIN BATTLE.

      over 4 years ago
    • vet613's Avatar
      vet613

      Clay,

      I have had previous experience with prescription drug issues (morphine) when I was wounded in the service. I finished treatment in March 2012 for Stage IV SCC on the base of tongue.

      During treatment the various VA Doctors kept telling me that the hydrocodone maintenance I have been on for several years due to those past injuries would not be enough to attain a livable comfort level. I finally listened to them and got on a regimen of stronger drugs to control pain. When you are properly using the pain control drugs you will have no problems. Do not be afraid...and do not do as I did and wait until the Dr. is virtually chastising you for failing to control your pain. It is enough of a challenge to be treated without making your life more miserable than necessary. Controlling pain will aid your recovery and help you sleep. You have my best wishes for a successful treatment.

      Have as of good holiday season as you can and stay focused on what is going on TODAY. Do not (and I understand how difficult it can be) "project" on what "could happen" stay as positive as you can and all will be well.

      My best to you & yours,
      vet613

      over 4 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      You need to use pain meds appropriately, but if you feel bound to them, then let your addiction counselors know. I know that suboxone is usually given in a supervised fashion. As for meds not being addictive when they have pain to address - not so. I became addicted to Tramadol after being on it round the clock in the hospital for 4 weeks. Fortunately, I was not mentally addicted, and was able to set my self a weaning schedule (decrease by one daily pill every 3 days.) It took 3 weeks. However, I was recently on Tramadol again, this time for the short term (a week, and not regularly) and had no problems with it.

      over 4 years ago
    • clay's Avatar
      clay

      thank all of you for your input. It is good to know that I will be treated apporpriately. I have been fully honest about my addiction, so i go ahead with greater comfort about the whole pain issue. again thank you.
      (dont know if I posted this response in the correct fasion, I as you can see posted it in the answer question area. tried to click respond but nothing happened.)

      over 4 years ago

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