Originally Posted by MayfairLady
no I am not a doctor but I am very well qualified in a related field and I have recovered from serious drug addiction and am aware of the dangers.
For someone with a serious back pain like his wife - she WILL NEED substantial pain relief. I stand by what I said IF SHE NEEDS PAIN RELIEF SHE NEEDS PAIN RELIEF.
Sometimes people can overreact and think someone is addicted when they have just built up a tolerance to their medication. As I said medication should NOT be abused - taken over or under the doctors recommended doseage but if she has built up a tolerance her doctor may be able to provide alternatives. I stand by what I said in this regard.
All I was trying to do with my question "What is your problem?" was to get him to look at the reality of the situation. Is it really addiction or just him being over cautious. His lack of response to all questions (So Far) WHICH incidentally WE NEED ANSWERS TO IN ORDER TO ASCERTAIN IF IT IS ADDICTION OR JUST A NEED FOR DOCOTR'S CHANGING HER PAIN MEDS) would indicate to me that the situation is POSSIBLY not as serious. Is it her problem or his problem?
Lets not get carried away by calling me CALLOUS? (please) etc without giving me a chance to respond - I dedicate all my spare time to helping addicts and alkies recover from this killer disease and take it most most seriously!
Being HYSTERICAL and telling a concerned spouse that his wife is KILLING HERSELF is more CALLOUS than taking a measured and calm approach. Taking an extra pain killer - YES will have an effect but may be an indicator that her meds need changed - NOT NECESSARILY an indication of addiction. Indicators of addiction are: emotional withdrawal from relationships, disapprearances, loss of appetite and chaotic behaviour - he mentioned none of these things...SO FAR! So lets not get totally hysterical and scare the poor man to death!
I stand by all my posts and do think about them before I publish!
I think your first response came across as non-caring. Your second post is more to the point, and considering you're in recovery, like myself, you have good input. However the title of this post is "Lortab Addiction", thus the labeling.
Taking 12 Lortabs a day is not recommended. The US Food and Drug Administration has come out with warnings about taking excessive amounts of Tylenol. Different people have different tolerences to high doses, but you're playing Russian roulette when you take this many. When I was in pain, and more importantly, in full blown drug abuse, I took a lot more than 12 a day as I'm sure most addicts do. It is simply not recommended.
Yes, I agree wholeheartedly agree about the alternative medicines to control the pain, and possibly surgery, or epidural steroidal injections.
No, not everyone who is taking pain medicine is an addict, but you know as well as I do, that THAT'S the path to addiction.
Had you done a follow up post after the first, I wouldn't have given you a reddie. But you seemed arogant with the post "what's your problem?"
Bottom line is that you should NEVER take more medicine than the doctor prescribes.
You're saying that YOU know better than the DOCTOR when you do.
May GOD bless everyone who battles the addiction demon. You included.