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Is it too much?

Post  Beth on Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:30 am

My husband hurt his back on the job, several months ago. He has been in and out of the specialists office, and has been taking pain medication. Although surgery is a last resort, the pain medication seems to be the only thing that helps. However, he has to take more and more to ease the pain. I swear it is changing his moods. He is less involved with our children and family. He is cranky, and distant all the time. If he doesn't get his medication on time he becomes angry. He doesn't think that there is a problem, but I do. We keep fighting about it, and I don't know how to resolve the issue.

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I used to be hooked

Post  Allie on Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:03 pm

I used to take pain meds for my bad back and just like your husband I got hooked on them. I didn't want to admit it, and it was always easy to rationalize that I needed it. But a family member called my doctor and expressed concerns and it forced us to look at other alternatives. I hated it at first but I knew it was ruining my life.
Call his doctor and ask him to help.

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she's right

Post  Sherri on Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:03 pm

Your husband will probably get mad, but she's right. You need to discuss this with his doctor so he/she can explore other options. Everyone knows that pain killers and moodiness go hand in hand.

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fascinating! I can really relate to this

Post  gem on Tue May 26, 2009 7:23 am

I have said before I have a substance abuse problem. Well, my drug of choice happened to be pain meds.
And yes, those sneeky bastards can steal your life right out from underneath you. At the risk of sounding repetitive, there is a 12 step program for these poor folks who get hooked on pain meds because they had a legitimate injury, only later to start using them just to feel good. It is extrtemely easy to become a slave to this kind of drug, to the point that people start manufacturing injuries just to go to the dr. to get pain meds. Then going to more than one dr. and stopping in emergency rooms, and finally starting to write their own prescriptions, calling them in , ot altering prescriptions, as well as visisting different pharmacies so as not to get caught. This kind of activity leads to violence, and felony crime. And a person could so far as to have to spend time in jail, or worse, go to prison. Doctors are aware that this can happen, but must triage and try to give their patients some ease from their pain. It is a snowball effect and never ending cycle. Beware of all of these possibilities and see to it that your husband's dr. is aware of his growing dependency. It can literally mean that you may be saving his life!

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stop!

Post  GEM on Thu May 28, 2009 6:14 pm

this stops now, I've figured this out. if I'm wrong then Iwill apologize . I don"t want to play any more. good bye!

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