Friday, September 28, 2007
That's All I Can Stands, Cause I Can't Stands No More!!
What happens when both the mouse in the house and Mr. Popeye both seek some much needed rest and can't get it? Take a look and see who ends up winning this Spinach-fueled duel. Warning: Popeye and the Mouse are works of fiction and any resemblance between the characters and persons living or in pain is purely coincidental.
While I am at it, I thought I'd add an interesting blurb from a Harvard patient handbook on Cancer pain I came across:
Myths and facts about pain medication
Many patients, family members, and friends have fears or believe myths about pain medications, especially opioids (narcotics). Learning the facts can reduce these fears.
Myth: I will become addicted to pain medications by using them.
Fact: Simply using an opioid pain medication will not result in addiction. About 3–18 percent of patients using opioids for pain management will develop a problem with drug addiction. These patients often have had previous addiction problems. So, not surprisingly, this is the same percentage of people in the general population that have drug-addiction problems.
Myth: If I use pain medication now, it won’t work later if I have more pain.
Fact: When you use a pain medication over a long period of time, you may eventually need a higher dose or a different pain medication to get the same relief. This response is called tolerance and has nothing to do with addiction.
Myth: Over time, I will become dependent on the medications.
Fact: Dependence means that you will experience “withdrawal symptoms” if you stop taking medications suddenly. This happens because your body has gotten used to the medications. Withdrawal symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, sweating, anxiety, and irritability. If you need to stop a medication, you can avoid these symptoms by cutting down on the medication slowly. It’s important to remember that withdrawal has nothing to do with addiction.
Myth: Using pain medication will cover up new problems.
Fact: If new pain occurs, or a pain you already have gets worse, you will know it even if you are taking pain medication.
Eight tips for getting the most from your pain medication
1. Take your pain medications as directed by your doctor or nurse. Ask for a written schedule, if necessary.
2. Take sustained release or long-acting opioids, NSAIDs, and nerve pain medications on a regular schedule.
3. Keep a journal. Write down what works, what doesn’t, and why. Tell your doctor or nurse so that changes can be made, if needed.
4. Write down how much short-acting medication you take, and how often.
5. Take short-acting medication before your pain becomes really uncomfortable. Your pain will be easier to control.
6. If some activities cause pain, take short-acting medication 30–45 minutes before the activity.
7. Keep your pain medications in labeled containers so that you do not confuse them with other medications.
8. Keep your medications in a safe place that is out of the reach of children.
Do not stop taking pain medications without talking to your doctor or nurse. If you stop taking them suddenly, you could have side effects such as anxiety, sweating, runny nose, tears in your eyes, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
Posted by Moshura's Sister at 2:46 PM