I've been having bad days for almost a month straight. Opioid pain medications are great, when they're dosed properly, but when the DEA has doctors too afraid to prescribe adequate doses, patients suffer.
As I continue to suffer through a flare without the Actiq/OTFC (or Fentora, Onsolis, Subsys, Lazanda, or Abstral), I can comprehend why some people resort to street drugs. I, myself, am allergic to morphine, which is the major active metabolite of diacetylmorphine. I'm lucky in a sense because my allergy to morphine protects me from any temptation that might arise on days like this when my pain is unbearable.
No one should get their medication from the streets, whether it be heroin/diacetylmorphine/diamorphine, morphine, oxymorphone/Opana, oxycodone/OxyContin/OxyIR/Roxicodone, hydromorphone/Dilaudid/Exalgo, hydrocodone/Norco/Vicodin, codeine, methadone, fentanyl/Sublimaze/Duragesuc, sufentanil/Sufenta, alfentanil/Alfenta/Rapifen, or any other opioid. Medications should be taken EXACTLY as prescribed by your doctor.
Now that my public service announcement is complete, I'm going to take my full dose of lorazepam and tizanidine and pray for some asleep.
Some non-opioid pain relief options (depending on your pain type) include:
* Ice/cold packs
* Heating pads
* benzodiazepines (if prescribed)
* muscle relaxers
* hot shower or bath
* distraction (TV, movies, etcetera)
* comedy (endorphins)
* sex/orgasm (endorphins)
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