Well I’m relieved to say that the doctor appointment went really well. She was completely understanding about the amount of pain that I’m in and how difficult it’s been. She also said that as far as pain medication goes codeine is near the bottom of the list in regards to it’s strength and efficiency in managing chronic pain. She had said that she wanted to take me off of it and put me on Dilaudid instead. I do usually have some dilaudid on hand for unbearable pain and it works really well on my back. The bummer of it is that it makes me so sick and gives me such bad rebound headaches that taking it everyday sounds just as unpleasant as not.
So, instead she wants to try me on extended release morphine to see how and if that works. My body can be really difficult when it comes to medication so there is a chance that I won’t be able to tolerate it, but fingers crossed. I have another appointment next week to see how it’s working and talk about alternatives if it isn’t.
I’m a bit sad that I’m at a place in my life where a pain medication like morphine is needed. But I’m also very relieved at the prospect of life being more livable again, and afraid that it’s not going to work. The extended release medication sounds like a huge improvement to me. Not only is this stronger but it lasts longer so that maybe I can function properly during the day and start getting some sleep again at night.
Overall, I’m feeling really hopeful right now. Maybe I can get my life back a bit. :)
Hugs everyone. xx