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Old 09-08-2010, 11:01 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Typically it's time to go visit your doctor is when your basic OTC pain killers can't bring your pain to a tolerable level. So while you think that saving some extra prescription pain killers for a rainy day seems like a good idea, you're actually putting yourself at a fair bit more risk. How are you to know that the pain you're feeling isn't something more serious that you end up masking until the situation turns from something that might have been easily manageable by a doctor to something that requires an emergency room visit.

Think of it this way... those bad menstrual cramps could really be an ectopic pregnancy; that bad gas could be appendicitis or twisted intestine; that pulled back muscle could be a herniated disc. There is a reason that high strength pain killers are only available by prescription, and it's not only the narcotic/recreational factor.
in the wonderful land of no worries about medical care, this is perfectly reasonable....

but in the real world that most of us live in, the below is more realistic.....

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I do not agree. Most of us know our bodies pretty well. I have had surgery on my back and foot and I have a bad shoulder. If I overdo it, which is sometimes necessary...........I do not need to wait days and endure sleepless nights waiting for a Drs. appointment and spend $$$ to get relief........way too late.

I used to have horrible mentrual cramps, I knew they were cramps, I knew I was not pregnant, if I couldn't lay down with a heating pad because I had to go to work.........half of a pain med was called for...........not a Drs. vistit, a missed day of work and $$$.

Sinus problems are VERY common where I live, so are sinus headaches. Maybe twice a year I get a sinus headache that will just not quit until I break down and take a pain med. Again, waiting days and spending $$$ to get relief is not called for and way too late.

My sister-in-law severely cut her hand. She went to the emergency room, they took a quick look and gave her another clean wash cloth to hold over her wound, the one she brought with her was soaked. She proceded to wait and wait and wait, after two hours she sent her husband to another hospital nearby to check the waitiing time there.........he came back and got her and they went to the other hospital. Luckily for her, she had a pain med to take in the mean time. Would she have died from the pain while she waited.........NO...........but why suffer unnecassarily.......for hours and hours on end?

Get a terrible toothache on a holiday weekend........good luck getting in to see a dentist............lucky if you have a couple of pain meds to tie you over.

Most of the people I know have a little stash of pain meds tucked away for small emergencies. Not everyone has the luxury of cadillac health insurance or the money available to go running to the emergency room or a Dr. every time they could use a pain pill.

The only reason pain meds are so strictly regulated and hard to get is because of the people that abuse them...........it is a shame the rest of us that use them responsibly have to suffer needlessly because of it.
so sorry about your s-i-l .... anyone who hits their head hard enough to require prescription pain meds should not be lying down to nap alone under ANY circumstances......
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Wandering in the West
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RowingMunkey - not to worry, I'm not fool enough to pull out the big guns for PMS or gas. Thus my fear of taking the Vicodin in the first place. I keep several antibiotics and pain meds stored for a REAL emergency - like no doctors available. I'd use the Merck manuals (human and veterinary) to figure dosages and correct medicine and then only if I knew for sure what's wrong with me. No way would I ever take a pain killer for a head injury. Especially one that has a sedative effect.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:38 PM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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in the wonderful land of no worries about medical care, this is perfectly reasonable....

but in the real world that most of us live in, the below is more realistic.....



so sorry about your s-i-l .... anyone who hits their head hard enough to require prescription pain meds should not be lying down to nap alone under ANY circumstances......
My SIL didn't have the meds for the head injury. They were leftovers from something else. She too saved things like Vicodin for a rainy day.

Not telling anyone that she had hit her head or had taken Vicodin, yes that was stupid. We only learned the circumstances of her death after the autopsy.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:50 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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My SIL didn't have the meds for the head injury. They were leftovers from something else. She too saved things like Vicodin for a rainy day.

Not telling anyone that she had hit her head or had taken Vicodin, yes that was stupid. We only learned the circumstances of her death after the autopsy.

did i misconstrue something??


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It's not easy being the voice of reason and logic when so few choose to listen.

You made a valid point. Sad to say though, a few posters on this thread will continue to dip into the little supply of pain meds they've stashed away for emergencies. I hope that none of them do what my late SIL did. After tripping and hitting her head,she took two Vicodin for the pain and went to bed. She died December 26th,2009. She didn't just hurt herself,she left behind 5 children.
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Old 09-10-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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i'm on vicodin right now for broken fingers and it makes my skin crawl and my tinnitus considerably worse (loud and head hammering). apparently those symptoms are considered an allergic reaction but i am too afraid to have even more severe allergic reactions given my history with pain meds, so i'm sticking with vicodin. it made me feel depressed yesterday but that quickly subsided and i feel fine (psychologically) today.
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