Anyone on Morphine Patch?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by granmama, Oct 21, 2002.

  1. granmama

    granmama New Member

    I asked my primary about morphine for my fibro pain. We discussed this just after I had a morphine injection before my heart cath, then again after the procedure. Oh my God, did it ever help!
    He did mention the patch but he told me he was afraid I would become addicted and recommended Ultracet, which incidentally I began tonight. He only gave me 5 days supply, enough to last till my appt. Oct. 31.

    I was curious if any rheumys,primarys or pain specialist would/do prescribe morphine for fibromyalgia pain.

    granmama
  2. granmama

    granmama New Member

    I asked my primary about morphine for my fibro pain. We discussed this just after I had a morphine injection before my heart cath, then again after the procedure. Oh my God, did it ever help!
    He did mention the patch but he told me he was afraid I would become addicted and recommended Ultracet, which incidentally I began tonight. He only gave me 5 days supply, enough to last till my appt. Oct. 31.

    I was curious if any rheumys,primarys or pain specialist would/do prescribe morphine for fibromyalgia pain.

    granmama
  3. allhart

    allhart New Member

    i wish i was on it right now yes ive read about fm patiets getting morphine,hopefully someone eles who has used it will respond i read the patches are better because of less side effects, if i fine a artical ill post it for you
    take care
    kara
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    My pain doc prescribed Morphine when my pain was so bad about a year and a half ago. I tried the Kadian which is a time release type of Morphine. I didn't like it because it made me groggy during the day. Then, I got a short acting type at a lower dose which I could take only at night and awake refreshed (my breakthrough pain usually took place in late afternoon or evening).

    Less than 1 percent of people with chronic pain ever become psychologically addicted to narcotics. Most rheumies deal with inflammatory illnesses and are not very knowledgeable about pain meds. They are also usually ignorant about the low risk of addiction. Find a pain specialist.

    There is a danger of becomming physically dependent of narcotics much like a diabetic is dependint on his or her insulin. Therefore, I think we should make it our goal to find other means of relieving pain, but that cannot be done when we are trying to fight unbearable pain. The Guaifenesin treatment, Klonopin to give me better quality sleep, magnesium, and physical therapy all have made taking the Morphine a rare event for me now.

    The danger of physical dependence is that if a person builds a tolerance to narcotics by taking increasing doses of the same drug over a long period, if that person is in a serious accident or develops a painful cancer, there may be nothing short of a lethal dose of narcotics which will relieve the pain. Obviously, the docs will not administer narcotics at that level and the patient suffers horribly.

    Morphine is one of the oldest and safest of pain meds. It is in the opiod family which is good because we don't build tolerances to opiods as readily as to some other narcotics.

    Love, Mikie
  5. s43

    s43 New Member

    I WAS GIVEN A MORPHINE INJECTION ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO.I SENT FOR THE DOC BECAUSE I HAD MUSCLE SPASMS IN MY BREAST BONES AND COULDNT MOVE FOR THE PAIN.HE GAVE ME AN INJECTION OF MORPHINE WHICH HELPED A LOT.I HAVE NOT HEARD OF PATCHES.TAKE CARE LUV SHARON.BY THE WAY I AM FROM THE UK SO MAYBE IT IS DIFF OVER THERE?
  6. latracy

    latracy New Member

    and I asked my doctor for the patch. He looked like I asked him for drugs to sale on the streets. He say that it was for cancer patients not fibromyalgia patients. I told him how would he know that my pain was not as bad as a cancer patient? He still refused. Please let us know if the patches helped, and if you experience any side effects.
  7. granmama

    granmama New Member

    I will post again once I meet with the doc on the 31st.
    I know that look the doctor gave you, mine sort of had the same, then he started in on addiction and all that stuff. But he wasn't the one lying in that bed crying from pain. I wouldn't want one more person to suffer as we have, but there are times I feel so frustrated that a quick kick in the head and say "hey, don't you get it?" might just wake them up!!
    granmama
  8. Vamp

    Vamp New Member

    granmama,

    I hear tell and one of my docs. - actually my physcologist has suggested morphine patches for my pain problems. Yes, it is a much safer alternative. I have reservations and am considering it as my pain is increasingly getting worse.
    Vamp
  9. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    When it comes to addiction issues. When most of them went to medical school, their only exposure to Morphine was when they saw terminal patients in the hospital.

    My daughter works in the peds unit at a hospital. The kids have their own machines to regulate the flow of their Morphine after surgery to help them with the pain. None of them ever even uses the maximum available to them.

    Morphine allowed me to explore other avenues of treatment which I would not have been able to do if I had not been able to treat my pain first.

    Love, Mikie
  10. themarce

    themarce New Member

    I have been on long acting morphine for many years. It actually saved my life. My pain mgmt.specialist gave it to me. My primary isn't thrilled, but goes along with it. I am considering switching to the patch that "cpalance" described. I know someone one it and it did wonders without any of the side effects that the tablets give, i.e. terrible constipation. I was perfectly able to lower the dosage of the morphine tabs as I got my pain under control. I highly recommend it.
  11. toots2

    toots2 New Member

    Personally, I would never consider starting the patch right now when there are other pain meds out that would work just as well. Who wants to take morphine for the rest of her life? I certainly don't and know if I started it at my age it by the time I am 60 it would definitely lose it affect as most pain meds due over time. There are other pain meds you could try before morphine. I agree with your dr. Toots
  12. Duffsangel

    Duffsangel New Member

    I can only get 8 pills a month of Norco from my doctor. She would probably have me sent away in a straight jacket.
  13. nancyneptune

    nancyneptune New Member

    Like themarce said, it gives you TERRIBLE constipation. I was on Duragesic, the patch, for about 2 weeks. The pain management specialist gives it to you. You won't be getting it from any ol GP. They're big fat chickens. They told me they will get investigated if they write too many prescriptions for this class of drug.
    The pain doc's write em every day, so the FDA or whoever invesigates this jazz knows they are specialists. The pain doc doesn't have a single qualm about opiates for pain. The research shows that poeple who truly need this type of drug have less than a 1% incidence of addiction. Including physical. there's something about substance P, the chemical in your brain that tells you you are in agony, that doesn't allow your body to become addicted. I swear. I read it, and the doc told me that.