What pain level do you consider livable (110)?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by starmom, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. starmom

    starmom New Member

    I am jsut wondering. I am at about 7 after lortab, xanax,and soma. this is pretty much standard for me. I would like to think that maybe I can get it to a 4 or 5 on a regular basis.

    Is this an unrealistic thing to ask for?


  2. mom4three

    mom4three New Member

    Usually a 6 while medicated. Only while on the right meds. But when the meds need switching I can get up to a 10 really quickly.

    I would love to be at a 4...Party time:)
  3. gongee

    gongee New Member

    LOL, to the 110 pain level. Sure does feel like that at times, doesn't it? I can live with a 7 or 8 which is prety standard for me too. For the past two days, I have been at a 9 and 10+. Pain is just leveling down this afternoon.
    It would be wonderful to get to a 4. I am on lortab and xanax also, but when the pain gets spiraling out of control, I don't think it wouldn't matter what I took.
    At times I believe the magnesium and malic acid helps better than the lortabs.

    I don't think having a low pain level is unrealistic at all, and I believe it can be achieved it doctors would research and spends more than 2 minutes with their patients.What gets me,the pain specialists in my area don't like dealing with fibromyalgia patients. Guess it takes more than 5 minutes of their time. I don't mean to sound disrespectable doctors, but my son is one of them, and he himself says that a PCP in a practice is required to see on an of average 40 patients a day. How can they know anything about you or even try to come up with a cure. Thank God my son is in ER. I told him if he were like some of the doctors I have been to, I would beat him. He laughed, but did say he does see patients that come in the ER with Fibro and by seeing what I go through, he always takes the time to listen and tries to come up with a plan to help. He said the sad part is, doctor's really don't know what to do and they just treat the symptoms that are bothering us at that time. He agrees whole heartedly that there needs to be more research and studies to find a cure of this. He says he never rushes a patient out, even though he has been spoken to by the Chief of Staff. He said that if it ever came down to making a choice to stay in a hospital that just shoves patients in and out or be able to help his patient in the way he sees fit, he would pack up and go into rural medicine. There you can feel like you have done something for your patient even though the money is not there. To him, he takes his oath seriously and no where does it say see as many patients as you can in a day and make as much money as possilbe no matter if you have helped a person or not.
  4. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    With meds I am usually at a 7 and very often at 8-9 when I flare. A ten would send me to the ER.

  5. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

    My pain level is between 8-9. Most of the time it's around a 6-7.

    I can't take narcotics because I have an addictive personality. I just spent 6 weeks in the hospital getting off of narcotics, barbituates, etc.

    I can't take most NSAIDS or Cox-2 inhibitors either. I had gastric bypass (pre-dx) and these drugs would eat my pouch (what's left of my stomach).

    That doesn't leave much. I use visualization, relaxation, distraction, music and some alternative treatments. Accupuncture helps.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that pain is not acceptable, but we can adjust to it. Each one of us can find what works for her/him.
  6. jakeg

    jakeg New Member

    I would be happy just to get to a 5 or 6. Most of the time I'm at 9 or 10 and that's with pain meds. I take 1 10mg oxycontin twice a day and 1 5/500 vicodin every 4 hrs.

    I asked the doc if there was anything else or any way of bringing it down to a managable level. He is relucatant on increasing the meds because of a heart condition that I have.


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