Allergic to narcotics
Anyone else have these issues, the pain is one thing but when it is really bad it does more then just hurt it gets me all irritated and then I have a short fuse and that doesn't help
I have been having spinal surgeries since I was 12 - I am now 48.
During that time I have tried all forms of pain meds and was reactive and allergic to even fentanyl (which is hard to pull off I am told).
I was told that the hives, itching, difficulty urinating etc are more allergic reactions and that vomiting, diarrhea and other side effects are just considered bad side effects.
At some point I could not function at home or work - like you - short fuse and having to try so hard to stay focused because sitting or standing or walking was such a huge issue in terms of pain....you know what I mean.
Also, when your livelihood is at stake - you try anything to stay afloat - the faster the results the better so you can keep your job - or whatever - seems that survival instinct kicks in.
I realized I had to do something. I have spent over 20 years approaching pain and disabililty through natural techniques - exercise, relaxation/meditation, accupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy, water therapy, pain psychology, pain hypnosis (was not a candidate but can work wonders for some patients.....)
Also tried all known procedures to man - epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks/ablations, trigger point injections, discograms, 3 pain pumps surgically installed and removed - now removed since April 2011 - spinal stimulators etc etc...and I tried these techniques time and time again, over and over and any new thing on the market I tried no matter how crazy it sounded.
I kept a journal and it looked like the only narcotic that worked for my pain was oxycontin and oxycodone - one is controlled release and one is immediate release but same drug essentially.
At first I would itch and have hives so bad that I would have bruising all over my body to the point that my doctor sent me to ER thinking I had a bleeding disorder.
Eventually the itching subsided and the hives etc but it took a long time of being miserable from side effects although I was getting some pain relief. In fact I wrote in my journal that it was a miracle that I could take a pill and be able to walk and think like normal within 15-30 mins - not considering side effects.
I had to switch jobs and work as an independant contractor for a while - while I tried to get used to the only pain med that worked for me - the oxycontin/oxycodone.
I must be honest - my career suffered greatly because of my body - but in retrospect I currently have my own business, work out of my home doing research - so truly this would never have happened had I not been forced to be creative about my disability.
I started narcotic therapy in 1998 and I was never able to take more than 50 mg per day of Oxycontin without developing seizures - yes siree. So I had to rely on immediate release oxycodone.....
AT this point I can only take about 30 mg Oxycontin and same amount of oxycodone - and since I do not get a lot of relief I have decided to detox off them completely - and then only take the immediate release if totally necessary.....
If I could - I would take as much of the narcotics or whatever pain meds worked - to be able to be working full time - however for a very few of us that is not possible.
I look back at the past 20 years and believe it is a blessing that my body was never able to process narcotics and that I did not go up and up and up like most must do who have long term issues with disease and related pain/chronic pain syndromes as they currently call it.
I can tell you that if narcotics are your last resort and you have allergic reactions - the side effects you mentioned went away for me - you have to take the drugs as prescribed for about one month and at about the 2 week point you will notice a change for the better....
narcotics save me on many days so Idon't want them out of my life - I pray that you will find a way to make something work - be it narcotics, exercise, meditation whatever....
Try it all even if it sounds crazy - and then in a couple of years try it all again....just because something doesn't work when you are 30 years old doesn't mean that it won't work at age 40 - keep trying.