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How long should you stay on morphine?

From: Gryffindor13 - on 01/15/2010 2:59pm

I have been suffering from chronic low back pain for a little more than a year now. It’s especially painful when I lay down to go to bed—so I don’t get much sleep! About a month ago, my doctor put me on morphine to control the pain. The good news is that it seems to help with the pain, but the bad news is that I feel dizzy and out of it half of the time. Should I be worried about this? How long should I stay on morphine? Could it potentially have negative effects on my body and/or mind if I use it long-term?

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on 01/15/2010 3:19pm

I'm not a doctor, but that sounds like a really long time to be on morphine. Maybe a product like Limbrel would be good for you. I friend of mine who shattered her pelvis falling off of a horse switched to it from Vicodin which was making her loopy and swears by it. What is wrong with your back?

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on 01/15/2010 3:35pm

Thanks, addcolts. You see, I thought the same thing--it definitely seems like too long to be on such a strong med. My doctor actually put me on morphine after taking me off oxycodone, so I've been on a lot of serious meds lately. I haven't been diagnosed with anything yet, even though I've had chronic low back pain and occasionally muscle spasms now for about a year.

I'll make sure to ask my doctor about Limbrel on my next visit--thanks for the suggestion!

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on 01/19/2010 10:12am

Go back to your doctor and ask to get off morphoine ASAP. I was on it for similar amount of time. It's a mess...exhausted and just out of it most of the time. Wasn't treating the problem, just numbed me to the pain and to life. Not worth it. Your doctor needs to treat the cause not just the pain. I hope you feel a lot better soon. There's a lot of good treatments out there that can help, don't give up.

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on 01/28/2010 2:19am

Ask for a MRI at least maybe it will show what the problem is.As for the Morphine I would ask to be weaned off of it what would happen if you were in another serious accident or got cancer which i hope you will never get. When on a pain medication that is strong like Morphine if you need something later in your life it might not work as well never understood why or how people get hooked on Drugs I would worry I might need it down the line. Grandmother died from Bone cancer is why I feel this way. I have chronic back pain most of the time but will rarely take anything due to the reason stated.

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on 02/02/2010 9:01pm

Hi there,

Am I reading wrong or did you say you have been on morphine for a month? A month is not a long time to be on a pain med.

My back also gets worse when I go to bed and getting up is almost impossible. Do you get much sleep? Are you driving? Be very careful if you feel loopy.

After a year with your pain though you need to find out why you are having it. What tests have you done?

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on 02/05/2010 12:17am

i had a mri now they would like me to do a myelogram cervical what are they doing?DIDNT THE MRI TELL THEM WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW. IT COST SO MUCH MONEY TO DO THESE TEST

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on 02/10/2010 6:19am

monkeygirl
I had a mylogram a quite a few years ago and it was the worst experience in my life. MRI is so advanced now that I don't understand why you would need a mylegram. They may have gotten better at them since I had mine. My spinal fluid leaked out because the patch broke which when I say patch broke I mean that was were they put blood to make it clot to stop the spinal fluid from leaking out. The dye they used went into my brain and I had the worst headache you could ever imagine. Anyway I don't know why they want to do this to you. Ask them if something they need to know just did not show up on the MRI. Hope you do alright.

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on 03/08/2010 3:35pm

Get off it now before it's too late. You probably already will feel terrible even though it's only been a month, but the flu like symptoms will last about three days, it will be terrible, but NOTHING like it will be if you wait another 30-60 days. Trust me. It's not worth it.

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on 03/13/2010 7:47pm

Well, I have been on morphine for 7 years now.... and without it I would not be able to get outta bed... I have had S-1 thru L-3 fusion a couple of years ago, but also have a very sick ankle (getting fused next month)... I do struggle with aggravated fatigue from it, but morphine is the gold standard for back pain, I have gone through the facet joint injections, RFA, ect... but simply have a very sick back...and once you start down this slippery slope of spinal illness....you find that pain management to be your lifeline. SO depending upon your personal medical situation, Doc do NOT usually put patients on morphine therapy as outpatients unless they looking to use it long term...If you look at the info that comes with your RX you will see that morphine is only indicated for LONG term use for moderate to severe pain... So I would question your Doc if this is being prescribed to you for a short term situation...Perhaps your Doc is looking at this as a long term situation... If so you need a GOOD pain management Doc that will work in conjunction with your Reg Doc... As far as side effects perhaps I am unusual as I found that after all the other pain meds I had been on the morphine for me helped to clear my head ... but long term it can adversely affect your bowels, I eat a huge amount of fiber to stay off laxatives, and I have blood test every six months to check on liver and kidneys, but morphine is one of the opoid's that you can stay on for the long run with the fewest side effects... morphine is not toxic like tylenol as example (which will kill ya presto) .. Good Luck my dear and speak with your Doc...as morphine should NOT be used for short term use, it IS addictive, again it is only indicated for long term use for intractable pain.

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on 03/13/2010 9:17pm

I am on a pain patch fentylan. I have been on it for more than a year.For me it is changed every three days. there are stonger applications because I was on 25 mg now it is 50 mg

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on 04/20/2010 10:10pm

Yesterday I started with the pain patch fentanyl at 50 mcg/ h ( change patch every three days) along with (3) 10mg hydrocodone per day for break through pain. I refused the morphine after being on 120mg of hydrocodone per day for the last two years. I'm waiting on liver and kidney test results to see if any damage has been done from the hydrocodone.

I have had 4 back surgeries, numerous injections, Stimulator Trial, etc. and nothing has worked, only made my pain more severe, and now I have the beginnings of "drop foot".

I am already feeling high, sick to my stomach and sleepy, but I would rather have these symptoms with less pain than the cruel pain that I normally deal with everyday.

If you would like, I can post for the next couple of weeks and update you on the pros and cons of medicating with the patch.

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on 04/29/2010 10:06am

I understand your frustration and your pain. I have been on morphine for 3 or 4 years now, can't remember for sure. I was wondering if they put you on an extended relief tablet? I take "morphine sulfate ER 30mg tablets" every 12 hours and don't have the same side effects. When pain management switched me from all the other pain meds out there to morphine, I was scared to death because of the horror stories people have told me. I read the precautionary statements on the prescription and I would inspect every little stinking pill to make sure it didn't have a nick or scratch on it. I couldn't imagine the pain if I wasn't on morphine. The pain is bad now, even with the other meds I'm on, and I'm on quite a bit as it is. Hydrocodone/APAP messes with my head and my bowels and makes the world spin more than anything else I've been on. One medication I would like to recommend to you is Lyrica. It is pricy but Pfizer does have a patient plan where you can get your meds for free and shipped to your home if you qualify, which I'm sure most of us here do because of how expensive back problems are. If you have any type of nerve problems or injuries, the Lyrica will help. And yes, of course it does have side effects, but your body gets used to them in time. I have spondy this and spondy that, with slippage and breakage and this and that. Pain management around here doesn't like to fix the problem, they like to drug you up. My best friend is soo against me being on morphine and even calls me an addict, but I'm not an addict because I don't seek out more morphine, I stick to the every 12 hours. Sometimes I sure feel like an addict or a junkie because of all the meds I'm on and I'm still searching for relief from the pain. But I'm not searching for more morphine, which they want to put me on, and I down out refuse an increase. My mind is gone, I can say that...this is the second time I'm typing this because I'd lost track or hit something, I really don't know. Morphine isn't the enemy, everyone's horror stories are. Only you know your pain and your fears. I overcame my morphine fear to a point....I'm scared to feel the pain without it. Sorry.....I know this runs all over the place, but it is hard to keep track of your mind when pain is involved. I hope and pray you find the right doctor and medication to keep you healthy and pain free....this goes out to everyone in Spine Universe! Thank you spine universe for this site!

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on 04/29/2010 10:28am

I had fusion surgery with instrumentation along with a bunch of other procedures at l5/s1 on feb 22nd of this year. After being released from the hospital, I took home 3 pain meds: oxyxotin, valium, and oxycodone. I was still in so much pain so I called the dr who prescribed morphine sulfate 15 mg to be taken 3x's a day. I took the morphine, oxycotin, and valium for 3 and a half weeks, then weaned myself off. Now I just take my percocets. Tried the tens unit, it did nothing for me. I think I want to try the fentalfentaly (sp) patch and see how that works for me.

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on 04/29/2010 12:15pm

I actually had major problems with fentanol (sp) patches. Lowest dose didn't do anything for me, then was told to double up on them. While doubling up on them, I started to get migraines for the first 12 hours of a new patch and the last 12 hours while it was wearing off. Then to start all over again with a new patch. Needless to say, my body didn't like the patches.....ICK...

As long as you follow the morphine directions to a T, you should have no problems after a few days.

Good Luck!

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on 11/01/2010 9:52am

hi all, i am new here so i have a few questions. to start with where do you live? ny? what county?
we are trying to find a doctor.....currently have primary and pain mngt but NEITHER one prescribes pain meds!!!!!
i a have lumbar issues,stenosis,degenerative disc disease,compression fractures and arthritis. just had two steroid injections with no relief and need HELP.....constantly suffering!!!!
any help for me????

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