Demerol, codene, morphine are last ditch efforts

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Posted by NickD ( on April 15, 2001 at 09:30:18:

In Reply to: please help posted by mathew on April 15, 2001 at 08:07:27:

for CH treatment, continued use results in rebound and other nasty side effects, a frustrated neuro wrote out a hears prescription for at six pills a day of a codene based pain killer, took 45 minutes to work, about 1 hour of relief and right back to the old crap of waiting 2 hours for the next pill, that was about 17 years ago, couldn't even take pain killers after my accident, reacted to them all except a tad of demerol now and then, the phsyiology of CH is just mild swelling of the nasal facial area, the pain is fierce but there is no great damage being done, this is easier said than done, I feel it's better to soak your head in bucket of ice water than to take pain killers, pyschotropic meds are the same way, weight gain or loss, digestive system problems, memory loss, walking around in a daze 99% of the time, some seem to tolerate these drugs better than others, I was a basket case and couldn't function as a human, the nerve deadening aspects of these drugs are great and many give you a high, many here take lithium and seem to tolerate, I would be better off as a vegetable, thank God, the effects are for the most part reversible by getting off these kinds of drugs, least I think they are, but hard to tell if one is madly insane. I particulary hated Xanax but that neuro was very pushy that this was the only drug that would work, I got off Xanax and he got canned from the clinic, couldn't even remember my name with that damn drug. Lack or reduced oxygen is one cause of the pain, getting yourself in shape no matter how difficult helps greatly with CH's, least gives you the stamina to deal with the pain, but my cycles dropped as well as the intensity of the pain. Each of us has different reactions to meds and each of us has to learn the conditions that makes these headaches worse, for me, the med scene has been a long difficult disaster that made me chronic, back here again after a three year relief from CH's, a hangover from the flu I caught, down to one CH a day now, still hurts like hell, O2 still breaks it and glad that I am not hooked on pain killers nor pyschotrophic drugs, they only made the CH's much worse with bits of relief in between.

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