grappers replied the topic: Re: Hope vs Desperation - affect on Pain
Mary chemists are getting worse when dispensing medications, for one you can't get your repeats if you have 3-4 days left of tablets which makes pre-packing them a nightmare, I usually make my tablets up for 2 weeks at a time because I take so many it's a hassle to open all the boxes. If you take varying amounts of the same tablet you get quizzed why so many different strengths like you just have, it's none of there business, we are being supervised by pain specialists they are the ones who write the scripts to be filled as long as they are current and not out of date they should just do their job and dispense the medication. You did mention that you are picking them up from the hospital there lies a problem as we know they have been instructed to cut costs at every level and that includes medication.
Fee a very brave move to try medication intervention again and I could understand why you wouldn't want to go through the side affects all over again, but you have realised that you need the two to work together to get some sort of pain relief that makes living with CP a little more comfortable. While pacing, distraction, mindfulness and meditation plays it's role in pain management, not being in 9+ pain 24hrs a day makes using these tools a lot easier and this is where medication comes in, as long as it works with the smallest amount of side affects.
I hope these patches work out well, have you had reactions to morphine before, as you know it is the only pain medication I can tolerate in slow release form.