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There goes my non-narcotic route for pain management. I can't take the Ultram with Coumadin, so that leaves me with a wide gap. I can take Tylenol, put heat on my back and try to bear with it. If I can't, then I have Darvocet. Lots and lots of Darvocet. Scott can't believe they even filled something that big. I believe his words were 'Nice knowing you. Give me a call when you get out of rehab.' *laugh*

Either way, I'm resigned to the fact that I'll be on Coumadin and some sort of pain management for life. No amount of bitching will fix that, so the only thing to do is be positive and make the most of things.


The pictures of the LG are just tearing my heart apart, they are so cute. GS - what do we still need to do to 'officially' make that boy my Godson, so I can spoil him rotton help guide him in life? :)


I'm so psyched that on Thursday I test for my first red stripe in Tae Kwon Do. Despite all of the hardships that have been put in front of me the last year or so, I am continuing on my path to Black Belt. When I get my red belt this year (*fingers crossed*) that will make me an assistant instructor. WOOT!

Tomorrow, Matthew is going for his green belt, and Michael is going for his first blue stripe. I hope they do well, as we've been working really hard on their forms. They really had been getting lax, so we had to whip them into shape.


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Jan. 22nd, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Whoot! Congratulations to you and the boys! I hope you all earn your next level.


As for you being LG's Godmama (and the rest of your clan being his Godfamily?) all I have to do is get the BG and me off our collective lazy asses and sign the papers. Even if they're not fully executed, everyone in both our families knows our wishes so there shouldn't be a problem. We already consider it official. Now I just have to be sure to keep it a secret from the LG so he doesn't kill us in our sleep just so he can come live with you guys!


I'm sorry your doc didn't have better medical news for you. Chronic pain is extremely draining. Hopefully someday - maybe when the Big Guy gets out of pharmacy school and starts doing research for a big phramaceutical company - they'll come up with something better for your situation.

Until then. LY. MI!!!

Jan. 22nd, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
You mean the BG isn't already in pharmacology research? ;)

I'm sure one day they will have better options for people with arthritis than 'learn to deal with it'.
Jan. 22nd, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Ultram is good, but not as good as the narcs. My pain is out of control and I am making my peace with God now. Im hoping with the Fibro they can now try something else. Im on 9 freaking meds for Christ sake, somebody needs to take me out to pasture and let me die.

Have you seen a Chiropractor about your pain yet? I know I am liking mine much.. would it be worth it to try if you havent?
Jan. 22nd, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
I had a chiropractor while I was in physical therapy last year. It didn't do much for me, but decompression did.
Jan. 22nd, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Not sure on the why behind it, but Darvocet is apparently preferred to Vicodin for long-term use. While working out a schedule for extractions (I'm getting new teeth this year), my dentist said he was more comfortable prescribing Darvocet for the number of extractions I'm having this year. *shrugs*

Generally speaking, the rehab units at behavioral health facilities are way nicer than the other units. At Green Oaks, they've got en suite bathrooms; the high-functioning mental health unit had communal bathrooms. (I overnighted in the rehab unit during the hold prior to admission.)
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Sucks that Ultram and Coumadin interract. It is listed as a "moderate" interaction with a possibility of increased bleeding. So, it's not in the highest risk category, which would be "severe," but increased bleeding while taking Coumadin is pretty severe imo.

I wanted to say that maybe taking an Ultram only once in a while might be ok. But actually, consistency in whatever you do while on Coumadin is the key to getting the proper dose and maintaining a therapeutic INR...the foods you eat, meds you take, etc. So really, if you wanted to take Ultram, you'd have to do it consistently instead of on an "as needed" basis. Of course, doing that would require close monitoring until you reach a "steady state." Not sure if you'd be interested in doing that.

Coumadin and Ultram are given together here at work sometimes, but it's a lot easier to do that in an inpatient scenario because obviously it's easier to do bloodwork when a patient is lying in a bed in the hospital than having them trek to the office 3 or 4 times a week!

I just double-checked the interaction between Tylenol and Coumadin and found that the wording is exactly the same as the interaction with Ultram! It's "moderate" for potential to increase bleeding. I knew that at my previous job, we increased INR monitoring for patients who received Tylenol or products containing Tylenol 'round the clock, but I thought that was a "minor" interaction....hmmm, so I'm wondering now that if your doc says Tylenol is ok, wouldn't Ultram be ok as well???

Just a thought...well, many thoughts. And now I've probably confused you completely. Sorry. Where's our other rx gal, Erin??? Any thoughts, sistah?
Jan. 24th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
Wow, that is SO exciting about Tae Kwon Do! Right on!!!!!
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