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gja [TotalFark]
2013-05-01 02:38:46 PM
I never abuse my prescription drugs.
/i am as nice as can be to them as I take them
 
2013-05-01 02:39:35 PM
A PHD just means you can sell drugs legally.
 
2013-05-01 02:39:42 PM
Remember, only pity those struggling with addiction if their political affiliation matches your own.  Ridicule the rest.
 
2013-05-01 02:41:17 PM
Also, Heroin. (copyright Bayer)
 
2013-05-01 02:41:28 PM
I got Zocor 80mg for sale, 5 bucks a pill.
 
2013-05-01 02:42:04 PM
Is it really abuse if they're stuffed down your throat since early grammar school?
 
2013-05-01 02:44:43 PM
I guess I must be one of the fortunate few when it comes to pain meds, yes they work on me but the side effects make me want to not take them unless the pain is so unbearable I can't breath.

/Plus they knock me out like a light one Oxycodone and I am out for 9 hours.
 
2013-05-01 02:44:48 PM
I find it amusing how many drug-abuse help commercials appear during "Workaholics"
 
2013-05-01 02:44:50 PM
but the drugs I'm taking arent prescription though
 
2013-05-01 02:45:14 PM
FTA:  1. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than motor vehicle crashes.

Solution: Raise speed limits and remove traffic lights.
 
2013-05-01 02:45:40 PM
My friend who has been on Oxy for years will look you right in the eye and tell you people using medicinal marijuana for pain are just making excuses to get high.

He'll be high as a kite on oxy while telling you this.
 
2013-05-01 02:45:55 PM
Stick to the street; way safer.
 
2013-05-01 02:47:23 PM
Just say no to opioids.  The constipation isn't worth it.
 
2013-05-01 02:48:34 PM
Can't remember where I heard it, but it sums up my feelings on pain medicine: "It's supposed to hurt, your f*cking arm is broken."

/I just plain don't take them
//why do we medicate our selves with the most addictive substance we can think of?
 
2013-05-01 02:49:25 PM
FTFA "How did America's drug problem shift from the streets to the medicine cabinet so quickly?"

um...we legalized
a lot of dangerous drugs.

dump the pill
grow a plant
 
2013-05-01 02:50:02 PM
Prescriptions are too expensive.  Until Obama starts paying for it all, I'm O-D-ing on Monster energy drinks and vodka.
 
2013-05-01 02:50:20 PM
Step 1. Manufacture several times more prescription narcotics than you know are needed for legitimate medical use.
Step 2. PROFIT.
 
2013-05-01 02:52:11 PM
Jokes on them. I only abuse OTC drugs.
 
2013-05-01 02:52:56 PM
Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate each American adult every four hours for one month.

Stupid bullet point.
What do they consider medicated? Half a tramadol could techincally 'medicate' someone. And for one month? So 1 out of 12 will get enough medication for a year. And considering that 1 out of 12 people injured/having problems that cause  enough pain to warrent the use of pain killers sometime in a year, it makes sense. If someone had wisdom teeth taken out, why not ease the pain? If you rupture a disk, or break a bone, should you just sit there and suffer? DEA has gotten to the point to where some doctors refuse to give *any* pain medication for fear of investigation.

/I go through 180 5mg vicodin a month for back/shoulder pain
//tolerance is a motherfarker.
 
2013-05-01 02:53:26 PM

Tom_Slick: I guess I must be one of the fortunate few when it comes to pain meds, yes they work on me but the side effects make me want to not take them unless the pain is so unbearable I can't breath.

/Plus they knock me out like a light one Oxycodone and I am out for 9 hours.


Me too.  They killed the pain but they made me feel just awful and disconnected and zombied.

Kinda suprised me since every other drug I've ever taken has set off a cascade of "Yeah!  Oh yeah!  Get more!" messages in my brain.  I assumed that the most-abused drug in North America would light up my addictions like a christmas tree.  Nope.  Just felt icky.  Held onto the pills as a "next time I'm in horrible pain" measure.
 
2013-05-01 02:53:48 PM

Kibbler: Step 1. Manufacture several times more prescription narcotics than you know are needed for legitimate medical use.
Step 2. PROFIT. Give doctors free vaca- er, medical conferences and load their offices with free advert - er, office supplies with your brand on it

Step 3. PROFIT.

FTFY
 
2013-05-01 02:54:17 PM
My 'doctor' says "Toke as Needed". A 'doctor' is still a doctor as far as I'm concerned.
 
2013-05-01 02:55:36 PM
Stand still laddie!
 
2013-05-01 02:56:39 PM

Russ1642: Jokes on them. I only abuse OTC drugs.


but let's face it though, doing rails of tums just isn't that fun
 
2013-05-01 02:57:12 PM
Oh noes, the Scientologists were telling the truth!!
 
2013-05-01 02:57:30 PM
No. There is no abuse. They are all prescribed by a professional psychiatrist, who has a college degree. IT"S SCIENCE!!!
 
2013-05-01 02:57:57 PM
I injured my upper hamstring last weekend.  It's been feeling worse every day so far this week and I've only been able to get about 2 hours of sleep at a time due to the pain.  Thanks to all the folks abusing opiates I haven't even considered seeing a doctor and trying to get some pain medication because I know they will simply tell me to ice it and perhaps prescribe an NSAID.  It ticks me off with every painful, hobbled step I take.
 
2013-05-01 02:58:47 PM
I'm pretty sure my tooth is abscessed so I'm getting a kick out of this thread....
/Pharmacy wants $18 for 20 tramadol.
//fark that.
 
2013-05-01 02:59:56 PM

MythDragon: Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate each American adult every four hours for one month.

Stupid bullet point.
What do they consider medicated? Half a tramadol could techincally 'medicate' someone. And for one month? So 1 out of 12 will get enough medication for a year. And considering that 1 out of 12 people injured/having problems that cause  enough pain to warrent the use of pain killers sometime in a year, it makes sense. If someone had wisdom teeth taken out, why not ease the pain? If you rupture a disk, or break a bone, should you just sit there and suffer? DEA has gotten to the point to where some doctors refuse to give *any* pain medication for fear of investigation.

/I go through 180 5mg vicodin a month for back/shoulder pain
//tolerance is a motherfarker.


Pretty much, you're addicted.

That's 10 MG every 4 hours a day I would assume.

Speak to your doctor about that, it's really unhealthy, and unsafe for you and those around you.
 
2013-05-01 03:00:30 PM

A Terrible Human: I'm pretty sure my tooth is abscessed so I'm getting a kick out of this thread....
/Pharmacy wants $18 for 20 tramadol.
//fark that.


if I knew you and you live in the same town I'd give you the ones i have.
/A pill junky would have a field day if they got their hands on my medicine cabinet
 
2013-05-01 03:00:54 PM
4. Roughly one in 20 people in the US reported using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons in the past year.

Oh?  Their "non-medical" use includes people other than the one it was prescribed for.  Where's the evidence they weren't in pain, though?

They need to restore some sanity--there's a lot of abuse which has put the DEA on the warpath and they're going after the docs who prescribe it to those who really need it.  Idiots, of course the oncologist prescribes a ton of it!
 
2013-05-01 03:01:22 PM

mediablitz: My friend who has been on Oxy for years will look you right in the eye and tell you people using medicinal marijuana for pain are just making excuses to get high.

He'll be high as a kite on oxy while telling you this.


I'm sure there's no way he's an addict, and he can quit anytime he wants.

/This is my shocked face.
 
2013-05-01 03:03:09 PM

tricycleracer: Just say no to opioids.  The constipation isn't worth it.



No shiat, that's the truth!
 
2013-05-01 03:04:23 PM

TrainingWheelsNeeded: dump the pill
grow a plant


sooo much this!  I am willing to bet that if we legalize weed, people using pills will drop big time.  Plus, those opids make you feel like crap.

/smoke em if ya got em
 
2013-05-01 03:05:22 PM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: Me too.  They killed the pain but they made me feel just awful and disconnected and zombied.


I don't even take Benadryl for seasonal allergies anymore because I hate that drugged feeling when I wake up.

/I didn't mind waking up hung over for years on end, though. Don't ask me why.
//Recovering...
 
2013-05-01 03:06:36 PM

argylez: sooo much this! I am willing to bet that if we legalize weed, people using pills will drop big time. Plus, those opids make you feel like crap.

/smoke em if ya got em


It'd drop but probably not big time, I've got injuries that grass doesn't help. That being said though I don't take anything for those injuries until they become unbearable though
 
2013-05-01 03:07:16 PM
You'll have to pry my Percocets  from my cold dead...

/oh wait
//never-mind
 
2013-05-01 03:09:20 PM
I don't know -- overdosing on five different pain meds plus an antidepressant seems pretty All-American.  I guess he could have washed it down with a bottle of Jack to remove any doubt.
 
2013-05-01 03:09:28 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: I don't even take Benadryl for seasonal allergies anymore because I hate that drugged feeling when I wake up.

/I didn't mind waking up hung over for years on end, though. Don't ask me why.
//Recovering...


This is why I started getting allergy shots.

/quit the hooch b/c of the hangovers too
//still partake in the herb.  moderation isn't a problem, no hangover and no calories.  vape
 
2013-05-01 03:10:00 PM
I am prescribed pain meds for a shoulder problem I am having, that would not get better after months of doc visits, physical therapy, etc. I kept being diagnosed with one thing, when in my gut I thought I had multiple problems with the same shoulder. I finally pressed the doc to let me have an MRI. I have two different problems (paritally torn bicep and bone spurs in my AC joint) and I need surgery. Before all of this, my doc was pretty much like "take pain meds and it'll work itself out with PT and rest", which it wouldn't have. Did my shoulder hurt when I was on the meds? No. Was it getting better? No. Leads me to wonder I wonder how many actual, fixable injuries are just being medicated instead of actually treated.
 
2013-05-01 03:10:45 PM

gja: I never abuse my prescription drugs.
/i am as nice as can be to them as I take them


yep. that's it
 
2013-05-01 03:11:29 PM

Der Poopflinger: It'd drop but probably not big time, I've got injuries that grass doesn't help. That being said though I don't take anything for those injuries until they become unbearable though


I meant for recreational use.  Weed does help with some pain, but not all.  Sorry about your injuries.
 
2013-05-01 03:12:03 PM

tricycleracer: Just say no to opioids.  The constipation isn't worth it.


I've gotten a Vicoden scrip twice (wisdom teeth, bassackwards back pain diagnosis), and took maybe 10 pills total. Both times they made me nauseous and fall of the world dizzy. Yeah, they helped with the pain, but after a day or two the side effects were worse.
 
2013-05-01 03:14:16 PM

argylez: I meant for recreational use. Weed does help with some pain, but not all. Sorry about your injuries.


In light of this new evidence I agree 100% with your previous statement
 
2013-05-01 03:14:52 PM
Alright guys... If anyone is concerned that the drugs around them are too tempting and may result in addiction, you can send them to me and I will dispose of them.

EIP.

You're welcome.
 
2013-05-01 03:17:19 PM

Jubeebee: tricycleracer: Just say no to opioids.  The constipation isn't worth it.

I've gotten a Vicoden scrip twice (wisdom teeth, bassackwards back pain diagnosis), and took maybe 10 pills total. Both times they made me nauseous and fall of the world dizzy. Yeah, they helped with the pain, but after a day or two the side effects were worse.


I was given oxycodone after I had my wisdom teeth removed and when I got dry socket I was eating those farkers like candy and it still didn't help. The pain only stopped when they stuffed the holes with that clove tasting gauze,they still gave me another script of pain meds though.

Der Poopflinger: if I knew you and you live in the same town I'd give you the ones i have.
/A pill junky would have a field day if they got their hands on my medicine cabinet


The saddest thing is I can illegally buy better pain meds cheaper than the price of legally getting the tramadol filled.
 
2013-05-01 03:19:42 PM

mediablitz: My friend who has been on Oxy for years will look you right in the eye and tell you people using medicinal marijuana for pain are just making excuses to get high.

He'll be high as a kite on oxy while telling you this.


Remember kids, MJ is the devil's weed and will make you psychotic!

Most of the people in our Methadone clinic are people addicted to pills, not heroin. But any doctor can give you a script for Oxy, no questions asked.

/Oxy is dangerously addictive
//Dentists should NOT prescribe oxy for wisdom teeth removal
 
2013-05-01 03:19:45 PM

NeuralSpike: tricycleracer: Just say no to opioids.  The constipation isn't worth it.


No shiat, that's the truth!


They have the opposite effect on me, the good news is I'll never be addicted.
 
2013-05-01 03:19:45 PM

Jubeebee: tricycleracer: Just say no to opioids.  The constipation isn't worth it.

I've gotten a Vicoden scrip twice (wisdom teeth, bassackwards back pain diagnosis), and took maybe 10 pills total. Both times they made me nauseous and fall of the world dizzy. Yeah, they helped with the pain, but after a day or two the side effects were worse.


This.  I don't know how people take these things for fun.  All that they have ever done is make me ill.  The benefits did not outweigh the side effects.
 
2013-05-01 03:19:51 PM
Here's an interesting little fact: Oxycontin are now manufactured so that you cannot crush and snort them, yet Percocet is still made the old way (so that you can crush and snort them). Hmmm.....
 
2013-05-01 03:21:32 PM
That is why heroin is so big.  They started cracking down on opiates (oxy, vicoden) too late.  Non-crushable pills, etc.  That, coupled with the fact that heroin is cheaper.
I was in rehab two weeks ago due to falling of the wagon.  There were three of us in there for alcohol.  There were twenty-five in for heroin.  It is an epidemic.
 
2013-05-01 03:22:19 PM
trueslant.com

YES, YOU
 
2013-05-01 03:33:56 PM
blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com

Unless they're given to you by a corporation. Then they might be bad, but we're not gonna talk about that much.
 
2013-05-01 03:34:06 PM

argylez: sooo much this! I am willing to bet that if we legalize weed, people using pills will drop big time


Follow the money...
 
2013-05-01 03:35:05 PM

Disaster Transport: I am prescribed pain meds for a shoulder problem I am having, that would not get better after months of doc visits, physical therapy, etc. I kept being diagnosed with one thing, when in my gut I thought I had multiple problems with the same shoulder. I finally pressed the doc to let me have an MRI. I have two different problems (paritally torn bicep and bone spurs in my AC joint) and I need surgery. Before all of this, my doc was pretty much like "take pain meds and it'll work itself out with PT and rest", which it wouldn't have. Did my shoulder hurt when I was on the meds? No. Was it getting better? No. Leads me to wonder I wonder how many actual, fixable injuries are just being medicated instead of actually treated.


Good God man! Don't you know how much cheaper meds are than an MRI for insurance companies and how much profit there are in pain meds?! ... and here you go wanting to kill jobs by fixing the problem...
 
2013-05-01 03:35:14 PM
I don't take pills because they seriously hamper my ability to drink.
 
2013-05-01 03:38:26 PM
i had meningitis a couple of years back, the pain was unbearable, but the side effects from the pain pills were horrible. I'm glad i had that experience, i can't imagine how people can get addicted to these pills. I was on morphine and dilaudid, the only thing that actually stopped the pain was vicodin. worst week of my life
 
2013-05-01 03:39:05 PM

doubled99: They are all prescribed by a professional psychiatrist, who has a college degree.


If the person is actually a psychiatrist, they have an MD as well.

// you're thinking of "psychologists"
// and they can't prescribe most meds (they can recommend, but not prescribe)
 
2013-05-01 03:40:11 PM
And this is why I have to go to the Silk Road for my medication.
 
2013-05-01 03:42:09 PM

shortymac: mediablitz: My friend who has been on Oxy for years will look you right in the eye and tell you people using medicinal marijuana for pain are just making excuses to get high.

He'll be high as a kite on oxy while telling you this.

Remember kids, MJ is the devil's weed and will make you psychotic!

Most of the people in our Methadone clinic are people addicted to pills, not heroin. But any doctor can give you a script for Oxy, no questions asked.

/Oxy is dangerously addictive
//Dentists should NOT prescribe oxy for wisdom teeth removal


Where is this magical place full of unicorns and rainbows?
 
2013-05-01 03:47:34 PM
Lupus here.  My jack-wad Dr. perscribed enough meds to kill a horse to use on a daily basis - not as needed. Did one day and tossed them. You really have to see a high as a kite mother with a 15 year old and an 11 year old autistic.  As my husband said "It was a thing to behold".  Bless his heart.

Ended up going organic when needed.
 
2013-05-01 03:47:55 PM
On the other hand, I tripped and fell down a flight of stairs fracturing my hip socket.  My GP sent me to an Orthopaedist with the directive to take Aleve for the pain.  I could barely move and getting the X-Rays was like being put into a torture chamber.  The tech asked me if I needed to take a pain pill...uh, yeah, if I had anything worth taking I would have!  The Ortho put me on Vicoden and finally I was able to sit still and not feel like my hip was cracking more.

/need a new GP
 
2013-05-01 03:51:09 PM

Buttknuckle: That is why heroin is so big.  They started cracking down on opiates (oxy, vicoden) too late.  Non-crushable pills, etc.  That, coupled with the fact that heroin is cheaper.
I was in rehab two weeks ago due to falling of the wagon.  There were three of us in there for alcohol.  There were twenty-five in for heroin.  It is an epidemic.


There's starting to be a heroin problem in Kentucky because they cracked down on the pain clinics. Between the meth and heroin some of these places are gonna look like there's a zombie epidemic.
 
2013-05-01 03:51:49 PM

Disaster Transport: I am prescribed pain meds for a shoulder problem I am having, that would not get better after months of doc visits, physical therapy, etc. I kept being diagnosed with one thing, when in my gut I thought I had multiple problems with the same shoulder. I finally pressed the doc to let me have an MRI. I have two different problems (paritally torn bicep and bone spurs in my AC joint) and I need surgery. Before all of this, my doc was pretty much like "take pain meds and it'll work itself out with PT and rest", which it wouldn't have. Did my shoulder hurt when I was on the meds? No. Was it getting better? No. Leads me to wonder I wonder how many actual, fixable injuries are just being medicated instead of actually treated.


My Mom had a similar issue, she refused to take pain meds and pushed for a MRI, turns out she had farked up her shoulder shoveling snow and needed surgery.
 
2013-05-01 03:55:22 PM

IrateShadow: I don't take pills because they seriously hamper my ability to drink.


Same reason I don't smoke pot.
 
2013-05-01 03:56:29 PM

A Terrible Human: Buttknuckle: That is why heroin is so big.  They started cracking down on opiates (oxy, vicoden) too late.  Non-crushable pills, etc.  That, coupled with the fact that heroin is cheaper.
I was in rehab two weeks ago due to falling of the wagon.  There were three of us in there for alcohol.  There were twenty-five in for heroin.  It is an epidemic.

There's starting to be a heroin problem in Kentucky because they cracked down on the pain clinics. Between the meth and heroin some of these places are gonna look like there's a zombie epidemic.


Funny that you said Kentucky, because they is where my rehab was located.  It all came up from Florida though.
 
2013-05-01 04:03:33 PM

Buttknuckle: Funny that you said Kentucky, because they is where my rehab was located. It all came up from Florida though.


Oh I know since I've known some shady people who would make monthly trips. The funniest was the guy brought back a script for oxy from Florida and really thought a pharmacy would fill it here. Nope they confiscated the script and much later on him and his wife went to jail for trafficking. They used to get so much farking traffic upstairs that I'm pretty damn sure their customers are the ones who farked the stairs up and it was all hours of the day too. They were being watched super heavily too since one of them would openly sell,I heard a noise at 3am once and looked out my window to see a guy in a FBI vest walking a dog in an FBI vest. Hell a friend of mine got a gun pulled on her by a junkie that got ripped off by one of their nephews. It was farked up but things are soooo much better now since they've been gone a few years.
 
2013-05-01 04:03:50 PM

Your Company's Computer Guy: shortymac: mediablitz: My friend who has been on Oxy for years will look you right in the eye and tell you people using medicinal marijuana for pain are just making excuses to get high.

He'll be high as a kite on oxy while telling you this.

Remember kids, MJ is the devil's weed and will make you psychotic!

Most of the people in our Methadone clinic are people addicted to pills, not heroin. But any doctor can give you a script for Oxy, no questions asked.

/Oxy is dangerously addictive
//Dentists should NOT prescribe oxy for wisdom teeth removal

Where is this magical place full of unicorns and rainbows?


Ask the addicts, they'll tell you which docs are willing to prescribe anything for your "pain".

/There are many doctors that just don't care
 
2013-05-01 04:06:35 PM

mike_d85: Can't remember where I heard it, but it sums up my feelings on pain medicine: "It's supposed to hurt, your f*cking arm is broken."

/I just plain don't take them
//why do we medicate our selves with the most addictive substance we can think of?


wow
just WOW

so the studies which show clearly that pain is bad and slows down the healing process, so we should jsut ignore that?
so the people who are in so much pain, that they can not sleep, well fark, they should just be in pain?

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
and everyone else who is fighting this immoral war on drugs
I hope everyone you know gets bone cancer. SERIOUSLY.
Because it is supposed to hurt. So no pain meds for you or your family and friends.

/seriously - DIAF
/I know too many people with cancer and chronic pain. death to anyone who thinks that those people dont deserve proper treatment.
 
2013-05-01 04:06:57 PM
I havent had a pain med scrip in like 10 years I think that is officially not abusing it.
 
2013-05-01 04:08:53 PM

A Terrible Human: Buttknuckle: That is why heroin is so big.  They started cracking down on opiates (oxy, vicoden) too late.  Non-crushable pills, etc.  That, coupled with the fact that heroin is cheaper.
I was in rehab two weeks ago due to falling of the wagon.  There were three of us in there for alcohol.  There were twenty-five in for heroin.  It is an epidemic.

There's starting to be a heroin problem in Kentucky because they cracked down on the pain clinics. Between the meth and heroin some of these places are gonna look like there's a zombie epidemic.


That must be why they are so into gay porn now. I'm pretty sure there was a Grey's Anatomy episode on that.

i.huffpost.com
 
2013-05-01 04:14:29 PM

shortymac: /There are many doctors that just don't care


On the other hand if you live in an area with a prescription drug abuse problem some of the doctors take extra care to weed out the addicts. My mom's doctor requires his patients receiving narcotics to come in monthly so they don't get refills on pain/anxiety meds,be drug tested every time,see a psychologist to make sure there isn't addiction issues and get drug tested during his appointments,bring in their meds to make sure the pill counts are correct. A lot of that is covering his ass but it's better then the pain clinics who would give you just about anything you asked for as long as you had the money for the appointment and a clean piss test.
 
kth
2013-05-01 04:22:33 PM
The prescription person (nurse I assume) at my neurologist has decided that it is her job to try to shame me for taking pain medicine for my migraines. If my neurologist wishes to lecture me, she has earned that right, but just take my damn message to the doctor. This is the third time in a row she's given me trouble. My neurologist and I have a course of treatment that we have agreed on, a contract we've both signed, and a history of intelligently discussing my options.

I've managed to be on some form of painkillers off and on from the age of 14 to 40 without once having addiction issues. I think I've earned the right to not be treated as an addict, you twit.
 
2013-05-01 04:23:29 PM

tripleseven: MythDragon: Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate each American adult every four hours for one month.

Stupid bullet point.
What do they consider medicated? Half a tramadol could techincally 'medicate' someone. And for one month? So 1 out of 12 will get enough medication for a year. And considering that 1 out of 12 people injured/having problems that cause  enough pain to warrent the use of pain killers sometime in a year, it makes sense. If someone had wisdom teeth taken out, why not ease the pain? If you rupture a disk, or break a bone, should you just sit there and suffer? DEA has gotten to the point to where some doctors refuse to give *any* pain medication for fear of investigation.

/I go through 180 5mg vicodin a month for back/shoulder pain
//tolerance is a motherfarker.

Pretty much, you're addicted.

That's 10 MG every 4 hours a day I would assume.

Speak to your doctor about that, it's really unhealthy, and unsafe for you and those around you.


Who do you think gave them to me?
Actualy I've cut back to 4-5 a day, maybe 6 on the weekends if I'm doing stuff in the yard.
It's the 5/375 ones, so I am well under the dangerous dosage of acetaminophen .
And it's the only thing out of about 12 other drugs I've tried (to include NSAIDs and muscle relaxers) that actualy works worth a damn.
And I've been taking it for several years now, so I don't even get buzzed off it any more. Used to be I'd take one of them, fire up the Playstation and trip balls. Not anymore. I've lost the pink dragon over the horizon. Now all it does it take the edge off. If I took more, I could probably get trippy, but I've stayed at 4-6 a day for the past year or so and haven't gone past that.
I fail to see how I am a danger to anyone as well. Is it supposed to make you violent? Or really forgetfull like I left a chainsaw running on the couch?
 
2013-05-01 04:24:25 PM

kth: The prescription person (nurse I assume) at my neurologist has decided that it is her job to try to shame me for taking pain medicine for my migraines. If my neurologist wishes to lecture me, she has earned that right, but just take my damn message to the doctor. This is the third time in a row she's given me trouble. My neurologist and I have a course of treatment that we have agreed on, a contract we've both signed, and a history of intelligently discussing my options.

I've managed to be on some form of painkillers off and on from the age of 14 to 40 without once having addiction issues. I think I've earned the right to not be treated as an addict, you twit.


Maybe you need to talk to the neurologist himself if she's being a twunt?
 
2013-05-01 04:37:01 PM
Sadly, for those of us who do legitimately need pain medicine, pharmacists oftentimes make you feel like a criminal. Example: I am on Nucynta for my Lupus. Due to some ongoing pain issues and flares (stress sucks), my dose wasn't cutting it. I spoke with my doctor and we agreed to do a short trial of the next higher dosage to see if we could minimize breakthrough pain.

The pharmacist flat-out asked me if I was selling my pills and to whom, since I (a) looked healthy and (b) had filled my script for my old dosage three weeks prior. When I tried to explain, calmly, he told me that he refused to fill it.

So yea, lets just say that I had a field day with that one.
 
2013-05-01 04:46:51 PM
Meh, you get treated like addicts and docs get skimpy on the pain meds because all of the addicts have ruined it for you.  We all pay for the idiots in life.

/kind of interested in how this obama care linking of medical records will affect the drug seekers
//if they do it or ever get it done.
 
2013-05-01 04:47:16 PM

MythDragon: Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate each American adult every four hours for one month.

Stupid bullet point.
What do they consider medicated? Half a tramadol could techincally 'medicate' someone. And for one month? So 1 out of 12 will get enough medication for a year. And considering that 1 out of 12 people injured/having problems that cause  enough pain to warrent the use of pain killers sometime in a year, it makes sense. If someone had wisdom teeth taken out, why not ease the pain? If you rupture a disk, or break a bone, should you just sit there and suffer? DEA has gotten to the point to where some doctors refuse to give *any* pain medication for fear of investigation.

/I go through 180 5mg vicodin a month for back/shoulder pain
//tolerance is a motherfarker.


you're taking roughly 2 g of tylenol a day, every day? you're going to have a liver so farked it won't know which way is up in a few months to a few years depending on how well your body can deal with it and your level of alcohol use...
 
2013-05-01 04:47:30 PM
I'm abusing prescription drugs right now...

/getting a kick...
 
2013-05-01 04:48:54 PM
Disaster Transport: I am prescribed pain meds for a shoulder problem I am having, that would not get better after months of doc visits, physical therapy, etc. I kept being diagnosed with one thing, when in my gut I thought I had multiple problems with the same shoulder. I finally pressed the doc to let me have an MRI. I have two different problems (paritally torn bicep and bone spurs in my AC joint) and I need surgery. Before all of this, my doc was pretty much like "take pain meds and it'll work itself out with PT and rest", which it wouldn't have. Did my shoulder hurt when I was on the meds? No. Was it getting better? No. Leads me to wonder I wonder how many actual, fixable injuries are just being medicated instead of actually treated.

Well, surgery should be a last resort and in most cases it makes sense to try PT, rest, massage, etc. before having surgery. Maybe you had a bad doctor or maybe your description of your symptoms made the doctor think this was treatable without surgery (not blaming you, just saying it could have sounded like something different from what it was). You should have gotten an x-ray at your first appointment though. An exam plus an x-ray is often enough to diagnose an orthopedic problem.

Hope you're feeling better.
 
2013-05-01 04:49:24 PM
csb:

I have bone spurs and achilles tendonitis in both feet.  I also have 2 kids under 5, so rest is virtually impossible.  My orthopedist prescribed me 3 vicodin daily.  He then killed himself because he was facing jail time for overprescribing opioids to the tune of 17000 in one year for one patient or a little less than 50 percoset a day... and this was a pattern.  My GP took over my care and reduced my script to 2 a day. I spend most of my day in pain because doctors are deathly afraid of the DEA.

/csb
//I'll say this, narcotics are a miracle drug.  They temporarily cure everything but constipation and sleepiness and if you manage it right you don't get all loopy.
 
2013-05-01 04:54:50 PM

Anastacya: Sadly, for those of us who do legitimately need pain medicine, pharmacists oftentimes make you feel like a criminal. Example: I am on Nucynta for my Lupus. Due to some ongoing pain issues and flares (stress sucks), my dose wasn't cutting it. I spoke with my doctor and we agreed to do a short trial of the next higher dosage to see if we could minimize breakthrough pain.

The pharmacist flat-out asked me if I was selling my pills and to whom, since I (a) looked healthy and (b) had filled my script for my old dosage three weeks prior. When I tried to explain, calmly, he told me that he refused to fill it.

So yea, lets just say that I had a field day with that one.


Pharmacists hate the fact that they are essentially just pill counting cashiers so they often pull a power trip.  One I knew refused to sell a guy needles because he couldn't prove he was diabetic...  I mean.. like if he's a IV drug user not having clean needles isn't going to stop him.

I told him: ' I hope your daughter doesn't get AIDS from tainted blood or something.' Made him think.
 
2013-05-01 04:59:39 PM
I thought it was totally obnoxious the way the story throws around the words "abuse" and "addiction." Maybe he was just desperate for pain relief. He played football, he probably had pain from things in addition to the ruptured disk.

I've had 5 orthopedic surgeries, still in the process of recovering from the last two. The doctors are stingy with pain meds so I'm in pain most of the time. One norco doesn't give me full relief when the pain is bad, but i have to ration them out so I can always get at least some relief.

It amazes me that people take these things recreationally . Percoset is awful, I have to be in tremendous pain before I'll take one of those. It kills my stomach and makes me just weird. I don't get a buzz off of norco and tramadol has no other effect on me beyond pain relief.
 
2013-05-01 05:31:54 PM
Prescription drugs and Me? I don't even do aspirin. I even barely do bandages. The bleeding will stop in 2 minutes so unless I'm at work things will take care of themselves.

argylez: TrainingWheelsNeeded: dump the pill
grow a plant

sooo much this!  I am willing to bet that if we legalize weed, people using pills will drop big time.  Plus, those opids make you feel like crap.

/smoke em if ya got em


Unfortunately I seem to have rock bottom...
 
2013-05-01 05:55:49 PM

Phins: Disaster Transport: I am prescribed pain meds for a shoulder problem I am having, that would not get better after months of doc visits, physical therapy, etc. I kept being diagnosed with one thing, when in my gut I thought I had multiple problems with the same shoulder. I finally pressed the doc to let me have an MRI. I have two different problems (paritally torn bicep and bone spurs in my AC joint) and I need surgery. Before all of this, my doc was pretty much like "take pain meds and it'll work itself out with PT and rest", which it wouldn't have. Did my shoulder hurt when I was on the meds? No. Was it getting better? No. Leads me to wonder I wonder how many actual, fixable injuries are just being medicated instead of actually treated.

Well, surgery should be a last resort and in most cases it makes sense to try PT, rest, massage, etc. before having surgery. Maybe you had a bad doctor or maybe your description of your symptoms made the doctor think this was treatable without surgery (not blaming you, just saying it could have sounded like something different from what it was). You should have gotten an x-ray at your first appointment though. An exam plus an x-ray is often enough to diagnose an orthopedic problem.

Hope you're feeling better.


Thanks, I am feeling better since I've stopped aggravating my tendons with PT. I'm not upset that they had me try other options first, it's just the reluctance to do the MRI that bothered me. I did have an x-ray, which basically showed that my shoulder didn't appear injured. The doc kept saying that I had bicep tendonitis, which was close (the torn tendon feels similar). But it's the bone spur that's the real problem that won't go away. I have Osteoarthritis in my AC joint (at 36, which is the difficulty in diagnosis I'm sure) and the location of the spur is such that it pushes down on my tendons when I raise my arm over my head (which I did all the time in PT, which made it hurt like hell the next day).

I guess my advice is that if you think there are other options, keep trying to get an answer, because I was in there every other month telling him that what we were doing wasn't working, then they finally figured it out. Plus now I get to have wine instead of pain meds, which I prefer.
 
2013-05-01 06:21:18 PM

IrateShadow: I don't take pills because they seriously hamper my ability to drink.


You are taking the wrong pills.
 
2013-05-01 07:50:40 PM

shortymac: But any doctor can give you a script for Oxy, no questions asked.


Not sure what world you're living in - maybe Kentucky in the late nineties?

/wheelchair bound and crying, legs and back on fire, and an ER doc growing an erection extolling the virtues of neurontin. As long as I breathe I won't forget his name or face.
 
2013-05-01 08:02:01 PM

amindtat: Stand still laddie!


Came in for this, leaving satisfied.

/and comfortably numb
 
2013-05-01 08:51:41 PM

tricycleracer: Just say no to opioids.  The constipation isn't worth it.


Jesus Christ, this.  I swear to God, you shiat pineapples.  If you shiat at all.  Unfortunately, there are only a few painkillers that aren't opioids, and there's always some reason I can't take them.
 
2013-05-01 09:01:42 PM

amindtat: Stand still laddie!


And the wurms ate into his brain...
 
kth
2013-05-01 09:55:19 PM

A Terrible Human: kth: The prescription person (nurse I assume) at my neurologist has decided that it is her job to try to shame me for taking pain medicine for my migraines. If my neurologist wishes to lecture me, she has earned that right, but just take my damn message to the doctor. This is the third time in a row she's given me trouble. My neurologist and I have a course of treatment that we have agreed on, a contract we've both signed, and a history of intelligently discussing my options.

I've managed to be on some form of painkillers off and on from the age of 14 to 40 without once having addiction issues. I think I've earned the right to not be treated as an addict, you twit.

Maybe you need to talk to the neurologist himself if she's being a twunt?


Planning on it when I go in soon.  My next appointment should be interesting.

The last time I was there, the nurse practitioner sent me for a CT scan, then grabbed the phone from the scheduler when I scheduling a follow up to tell me that I had an encroachment on my brain, no explanation, kthxbye, click.  She called back ten minutes later to tell me that she talked to another neurologist (mine was out) who said it was fine.  It was a long ten minutes, I tell you.

I love the neuro, can't stand the staff.

/try to come up with a scenario where "an encroachment on your brain" is a good thing.
//I could not in those ten minutes.
///granted I was not exactly thinking clearly
 
2013-05-01 11:43:42 PM
Another csb:
2 of my near and dear have presented in er with what ultimately turned out to be serious strokes, but were turned out again by paranoid attendants because they each were also taking high doses of presribed opiods. Thanks CDC and DEA! Both and their families suffered far far more than they would have otherwise, and they both continue to to this day. Prohibition is a crime inflicted by the ignorant on the suffering. The power to deny others is very attractive to ignorant petty tyrants especially when anointed from on high. We need to fix this shiat. Morans.
 
2013-05-02 03:10:14 AM

Loren: 4. Roughly one in 20 people in the US reported using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons in the past year.

Oh?  Their "non-medical" use includes people other than the one it was prescribed for.  Where's the evidence they weren't in pain, though?

They need to restore some sanity--there's a lot of abuse which has put the DEA on the warpath and they're going after the docs who prescribe it to those who really need it.  Idiots, of course the oncologist prescribes a ton of it!


This. I got a ton of Vicodin when I had a wisdom tooth pulled years ago but only took them for a day or two. A month later, my uninsured coworker came to work dealing with a miscarriage. The worst was over, but her body was still cramping and expelling blood. You're damn right I gave her my Vicodin.
 
2013-05-02 11:31:31 AM
Giving away your hydrocodone or oxycodones or having it prescribed seems like such an innocent thing until your name gets associated with an overdose because of some idiot who cant handle themselves, then shiat gets serious.  It's not candy.
 
2013-05-02 12:16:40 PM
Dr Dreidel They are all prescribed by a professional psychiatrist, who has a college degree.

If the person is actually a psychiatrist, they have an MD as well.

// you're thinking of "psychologists"
// and they can't prescribe most meds (they can recommend, but not prescribe)



Yes, I know psychologists can't prescribe drugs. That's why I said psychiatrists to begin with. It was a pretty simple sentence.
 
2013-05-02 01:43:44 PM

basemetal: Giving away your hydrocodone or oxycodones or having it prescribed seems like such an innocent thing until your name gets associated with an overdose because of some idiot who cant handle themselves, then shiat gets serious.  It's not candy.


That's when you claim they stole them.
images.wikia.com
 
2013-05-02 05:33:01 PM

lewismarktwo: basemetal: Giving away your hydrocodone or oxycodones or having it prescribed seems like such an innocent thing until your name gets associated with an overdose because of some idiot who cant handle themselves, then shiat gets serious.  It's not candy.

That's when you claim they stole them.
[images.wikia.com image 350x352]


Oh yeah, they've never heard that one before.

/nope, never
 
2013-05-02 05:51:48 PM

NeuralSpike: tricycleracer: Just say no to opioids.  The constipation isn't worth it.


No shiat, that's the truth!


Ah seen wut yew did thar.
 
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