a reply to: Night Star
Hi, 'Raine. Dada is getting along pretty well, all things considered, but I'm having a rough patch right now.
For some months I was getting some pain in my right hip area and just figured the joint was slowly wearing out, so as it was bearable with some
ibuprofen and paracetamol I didn't worry about it too much. I figured if it eventually neededmajor treatment I'd cross that bridge when I came to
Then around Thurs last week it suddenly got worse. Severe pain all down into my right leg and even to my toes. Like, struggling-to-walk kind of
severe. Friday was a national holiday here and then we had the weekend, so I couldn't get to the doc til Monday. Long story short, he sent me for
x-rays and also prescribed me some opiate painkiller medicine.
On Tuesday when I went back to him, he showed me the results: I have a herniated disc, I think between L5 and S1, and also l4-L5 looks pretty bad as
well. He called it a "catastrophe" as it was so bad. So as the first pain medicine had not helped much and he now knew I was opiate-tolerant, he
started me on something even stronger -- a fentanyl patch. 25 ug per hour, slow release. (ug = micrograms. A milligram of this stuff could be lethal
to most people.)
Back again on Wed a.m. I told him the patch hadn't done much. Well, it had zero effect, really. So he gave me a fentanyl SL 100 ug tab. (SL means sub
lingua -- dissolve under the tongue.) It helped a little and I wasn't adversely affected. (I stayed under obs in his office, which is usual with a
first dose of this stuff.) So he gave me a scrip for them. In the p.m. I saw a neurologist after he arranged an urgent consult with her. She said it
looked bad, and I should get a CT scan done in hospital asap. She also recommended I have an opiate-based drip (in the dr's rooms) every morning, plus
continue with the fentanyl.
I started the narco-drip routine Thurs am. Mesocaine and a couple of others in the mix in one drip bag. The drip doesn't seem to do much for me (which
kind of stunned the doc and sister as it should have me practically floating away), but it provides a safe basis for the ongoing fentanyl tablet use.
The doc also arranged an urgent CT for me at the nearest major hospital. He knows my situation with Dada as he assessed her a few months back.
I went to the hospital by ambulance on Friday as the doc decided it was too risky for me to drive any longer distance and it's about 20 miles away, so
he booked it for me both ways.
Had the CT within ten minutes of arrival, then back in the ambulance and back home. The scans have to be reviewed by a neurosurgeon who will then
email the results to my doc, so there was no point waiting around.
Now I'm just waiting out the weekend and will call the doc early Monday a.m. to see if he has the results of the scan -- and also get a time for my
next drip. Hopefully also on Monday a.m.
Not even 2x 100 ug Fentanyl tabs a time help much now, so I am just walking as little as possible. But I still need to look after Dada, cook her meals
etc etc. I won't risk going to three tabs without the doc being right there. It's very easy to OD with this stuff so I just have to put up with it.
So, not the happiest news. But at least my doc's been great and has really pushed to get me some help as fast as possible.
And apologies for the long post. I tried to keep it to the bare basics but you know how I am: I always write too much!
edit on 6/10/18 by JustMike because: (no reason given)