Full-time workers take meds?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by RedB, Jan 28, 2003.

  1. RedB

    RedB New Member

    I'd very much like to know how many of you who work quite a bit outside the home take pain meds? I worked part-time for 5 years, and just recently lost my job. Pain meds haven't worked for me, or have made me ill, and I am amazed that so many of you seem to be full-time workers. Kudos to you!

    Kathy
  2. karen55

    karen55 New Member

    and I take Lortab and Soma during the day. I don't have any side effects, like dizziness, or getting "high" like I hear some people do. The pain never goes away completely, but this usually takes the edge off for me. There are days where I only take it twice in a day, and days where I take it 4 times in a day, just depends.
  3. catgal

    catgal New Member

    Hi Kathy~~I work 3 days a week and take 20mg oxycontin 3x's a day and 10mg percocet for breakthrough pain. At night I also take soma, .5mg klonopin, and bextra.

    By mid-afternoon, I am 'more tired' from the meds, but without them I couldn't work at all.

    My job is very demanding in that I have to cram 5 days work into 3 in order to keep the position part-time, or they will change the position to full time--which I could not do, and thus, I would lose my job, and I am my only source of income.

    I don't know what meds you took, but surely there is something out there that you can take for pain. None of us should have to live in constant pain. It steals any quality of life from you. Have you seen a Pain Specialist? I did two weeks ago, and though my regular physician has been good about helping me--the Pain Specialist was much more knowledgeable about pain meds and even diagnosed me with nerve damage from neck to feet--something all the other doctors and orthopedist missed. He told me more in 30 minutes than my physician has in two years.

    I hope you can find relief from something soon. I lived in misery until I found a combination of meds that helped me. Best Wishes to you, Carol....
  4. healing

    healing New Member

    I have a very demanding and stress-filled fulltime job. I often work 9-10 hour days. It's an office job, but involves a lot of walking around on hard floors, up and down stairs, etc. I take only Neurontin and, when things get too bad, Advil or Ecotrin. I can't take anything stronger and still function. I almost never call in sick, but I'm out at doc appts frequently so I don't feel right calling in.

    On the other hand, I find if I'm up and about and busy, I don't dwell on how tired/sore I am. Actually, I feel better (I think) if I am active, even when I don't think I can be. Works for me, but probably doesn't work for a lot of others on this forum. 'Course, I spend my weekends mostly sleeping! Two more years 'til retirement, and then I'll spend every day sleeping!!!
  5. ccrj

    ccrj New Member

    I was recently diagnosed having Fibromyalga. I have had this pain for 4 months and don't get more than 3 hours of sleep at night. My doctor has me taking 10mg of Elavil at night to help me sleep. Unfortunately, it is not working. I tell him I am in pain and he tells me to take Advil. I am seeing a Pain Management Dr. in February. Have you seen that kind of Dr.? I don't know if I can handle this pain until then. Any suggestions?
  6. Elvira

    Elvira New Member

    I work 40 hrs. a week and take pain meds. Without them I wouldn't be able to sit in my chair at my desk. I take Maxidone for the pain and take a muscle relaxer with it, but it just takes the edge off. Never goes completely away. I also take Trazadone at night to help me sleep. Couldn't sleep without it!
  7. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Kathy:

    Yes, I work full-time (half-time for three months during the summer). I manage okay, but some days are rough. I know there may be a time I won't be able to do this any more, but am trying to stay positive and do the best I can. Working half-time for three months out of the year helps, too. I take Elavil, melatonin and Ultracet about an hour before bedtime. If the pain is really bad, I get up in the night and take more pain medication. I also take my ice packs to bed with me and apply these to the most painful areas. During the day I always have my Ultracet with me and take as needed. I really haven't noticed as side effects, except some days I feel more sleepy than others. But maybe that is because I don't sleep well at night. There is never a time when I am totally pain free and have no stiffness, but it certainly helps me to function. I also have a husband who helps me out a lot at home, which is a big help.

    Ellen
  8. BethM

    BethM New Member

    carefully and in small doses as needed. On days when I can feel the aches and pains building, I take half a Darvocet and 500mg of acetaminophen ("tylenol"), which usually takes the edge off and allows me to function. At that dosage, I don't lose mental function or get sleepy. I will drive on that dose, but NEVER on a full Darvocet. I commute about 70 miles round trip, so I need to be mentally alert for that as well. Believe me, though, I look forward to weekends, and some days knowing that home is waiting for me gets me through the afternoon.

    Peace,
    Beth.
  9. pamela

    pamela New Member

    I was going to have to end my career if I had not gone to the pain mgt. specialist. They have saved my life. I take Lorcet 10 4 x's per day and Neurontin at night and trying real hard to handle it in the day. Lorcet gives me energy. Neurontin makes me real sleepy. So I am currently working w/ the doc. on change of the Neurontin. Pamela
  10. LauraLea

    LauraLea New Member

    Yes sometime I take pain meds, but I always tell my boss so she knows what to watch for. I am lucky that I am in a low level stress job now and have more days that are at pain levels that I can tolerate.

    I can work on pain meds I usually start with 1/2 of a vicoden and increase as needed.

    I am lucky that my doctor doesn't treat me like a drug addict she will give me a Rx when I need it. I use a lot less than some I guess that could be the reason.
    Laura
  11. Katee

    Katee New Member

    I teach 6th grade, and it is both stressful and physically demanding. Lately I've been lucky to get by with just Motrin (3 at a time, twice a day)when I have my shoulder, neck, hip, knee, and other various pains. Many days I don't take anything. I have a HUGE fear of pain meds, and I can't have even more of a "foggy brain" than I sometimes
    do.
  12. Kimba

    Kimba New Member

    Yep, I work 40 hours a week as an data analyst. I take 5 medications a day not including pain meds. I can take pain meds when I get to work and before 1 PM, after that it interferes with my driving.

    I don't have a choice but to work. My husband (God bless him) does not want to be or have it to be the head of house hold, so I hold the good job with insurance, and am also finished with my MBA degree. I wish I could have a choice, but I don't so I don't think about it and I go on.
  13. lassiecass

    lassiecass New Member

    Hi Kathy,
    I work anywhere from 4 to 6 hours a day depending on how busy we are. My husband and I have our own shop. I don't take any meds during the day but advil or other over the counter meds if I need them. Everyday is different, some are pain filled and I need a cane to walk or somedays I can walk fine but drop everything in sight. It almost gets to be funny. By the time I get home at night I sometimes need to take hydrocondone if the pain is bad. My worst days are when I can't sleep for two or three days in a row. I run lots of errands for the shop so I don't dare take any pain killers during the day. I also excercise three times a week at Curves. It really keeps me mobile. If the pain gets really bad I have had great luck with accupuncture.
    Soft Hugs
    Sandy
  14. LisaMay

    LisaMay New Member

    seems like the wrong way to go, but for me I have no other choice. I've just taken a new job and will start out PT. I am hoping it leads to a FT position and I can handle it. I sure hope so! I haven't felt this good in weeks.

    Lisa
  15. fifty1ford

    fifty1ford New Member

    Redb,

    I take a Percoset in the morning so I can go through my physical therapy routine of Tai Chi plus some jumping jacks and push ups. It does take me abour 20 minutes or so just to drag myself out of bed and get started. I take a second Percoset on really bad days, but that's maybe once or twice a week. I also take Klonopin for sleep after trying many others that had bad side effects.

    Other than my Clarinex for allergies and Zestril for hypertnesion, that's about it for meds. I hope to be off of the Zestril all together as my blood pressure has stayed down as I've been weening off of other meds. This is the last one for BP.

    I take lots of suppliments though, but haven't found anything to help my energy level very much.

    Peace,
    fifty1ford
  16. starstella

    starstella New Member

    without taking Ultram. It does not make me sleepy or give me a "high" feeling.
  17. Revella

    Revella New Member

    take pain meds and work. I work 38 to 40 hrs a week. I have alot of days that I take Ultram, and/or Darvocet depending on the severity that day.

    It's hard to keep going. The doctors have tried Soma, Flexiril, Ultram, Darvocet, Lorcet, and Amitriptyline. I currently am taking only the ultram, darvocet or lorcet. He has also put me on Xanax and Zoloft to help with the stress. I have a job that involves walking most of the 8 hrs. that I work. I deal with problems with customers which causes stress. On top of my job, my husband is disabled from a liver disease and is waiting for a transplant. His insurance is through my work soooooooo..I have to work.

    Have been wondering about changing doctors, but don't know who to try.
    Revella
  18. SuzieQ

    SuzieQ New Member

    I work 3 12hr shifts a week. I'm a nurse, so I can't take narcotic pain medication and work. I have ultram for pain, but barely takes the edge off when severe. At present, I'm on workman's comp..light duty from a back injury. The Dr finally gave me Lortab, but I can only take it when I get home from work. I am also taking skelaxin during the day and flexeril at night, that was given to me by the workman comp Dr. The Dr also restricted me to 8 hrs, because 12 hrs in misery was way too much.

    Susan
  19. RedB

    RedB New Member

    Thanks, everyone for your responses. It's terribly sad that so many of you have to go through such trying days.

    I'm not working at the present time because I lost my job, but it was only part-time, and relatively easy for me. I'm devastated over losing it, because nothing else that good will come along for me.

    Vicodin doesn't cut my pain at all, and the anti-inflammatories do nothing also. I tried Ultram, and it made me nauseous and weird. I do take muscle relaxants, but all that does is keep me from being stiff and achy. It does nothing for the pain. Neurontin didn't help, but maybe I didn't take it long enough. It also made me loopy. Most of the other drugs you mention I haven't tried, and am slightly afraid to . I get sick from so many things, and constipated. But it's good to know that there are things out there that keep many of you going, because it really is more fun to work and have things to occupy you than it is to stay home. It is for me, anyway. My kids are grown, and we live in a very small town away from most things to do. (When I feel good enough to do them).

    Thanks again for the responses.

    Kathy
  20. pearls

    pearls New Member

    I'm an overworked teacher in a school of overworked teachers. I'll probably retire this June. Right now I take oxycontin, Vicodan, Celebrex, Neurontin and assorted other pills for this DD. Before the pills, I lost so much weight strangers were telling me I was too thin and I wondered if I was going to die soon, no exaggeration. At least the meds have taken me to the point where retirement is a consideration.

    -Pearl