08-28-2007, 05:50 PM
I returned from the Dr. a while ago, and the News isn't good. I wrote myself a list so I wouldn't forget anything, and we went over it all. I have to say My Dr. has been absolutely Great to me, She actually Cares and takes the time to listen. To sum up the appointment, there is a problem with the Left Side, She feels the half of a disc at L5 may have blown, and I have to go for another MRI with/without Contrast. If She can't see what she needs to on the films, I may need a Myleogram CT Scan! She doesn't want to do that unless absolutely necessary, She says it's very painful. My Meds. are only lasting me about 6 hrs., I'm talking about the Morphine 200mg. that I take every 8 hrs. Upping my Morphine Dose right now to 260mg. She feels is going to start working on my Liver and I sure as Hell don't need any problems there right now!! So here's the Med. Plan we came up with: I am going to start on the Duragesic Patch to see if it works for me, She says the usual normal starting Dosage is 25mg. but due to my Pain She is starting me at 100mg. These patched are supposed to last three days, and I'm going to have 30mg. Morphine IR as a Breakthrough, allowed in 6hr. doses. For the first Patch, I am to stay on my Morphine as usual, She says it takes 7-10 days to get the Medicine in my system,and She wants me to stay on the Morphine so I don't have to deal without Medication until it does. When I use the second patch, I'm to start dropping back on my Morphine and stop when the patch starts functioning properly. What she is trying to do is stop the up and down effect my current Meds. are giving me, the Duragesic is supposed to supply a steady stream for the entire three days. My current Meds. are only lasting about 5 to6 hrs. and then the Pain gets pretty Bad. But I was told that the Duragesic patch doesn't work well for everyone, so She is also filling my Morphine 200mg. as a back-up in case it doesn't work, and raising my Breakthrough to 30mg IR every 6hrs. I'm also to stay on all of my other Meds. and we are going to see how this works for me. I have a follow-up Appt. in Three Weeks to review my MRI Films, and see how the Meds. are doing. I'm to limit my activities as much as possible, and if the MRI shows something serious, She will contact me sooner than the three Weeks. I am really Bummed and disappointed right now, I knew I was going to get worse as Time went on, but I NEVER thought it would be this soon!! I'll be on and off the Boards for the next couple of Days, I guess I just have to take a little time to set back, reflect, and adjust to this new situation. Some of you have shown interest in hearing my whole story, and I'm going to do that through PM's starting Friday. I'll probably do it in three Sections over three days, so if you would like a PM of this sent to you, Please PM me and I'll add you to my List. I really need someone with Computer skills to receive my PM's and list of others who want to read it, and forward them for me. I'm not too good at that kind of thing, so if someone would like to volunteer, I would appreciate it! I'm getting Pretty Sore right now, so I'm going to Hit the Recliner. I Hope everyone of you are doing well, and I'll talk to you all soon! God Bless!!