Pain Meds

I know my husband has pain when they do PT on him because he grimiaces a little and his blood pressure goes up. So since I've read your posts I know to intervene and ask the nurses to give him pain meds before they work on him. They are giving him morphine and that is a strong pain med. I know if you need it you don't have to worry about them becoming addicted to it. How do you know how much they should give when they can't tell you how bad it hurts them. Could they give him something less strong that's not addictive like Tylenol or Advil and then he could be medicated more of the time. . They also won't give it to him unless his blood pressure goes up. What do you think about this situation?

mdolich said:

hmmm............. That's a good question. I'm not qualified to really answer that, but if it was me, I wouldn't take Morphine. I would try and find another pain med that is non-addictive. Gabapentin (Neurontin), or Lyrica might be a good choice. I have taken both and they do help with pain. I would try and stay away from addictive type meds. My wife was put on Suboxone for Fibromyalgia and neurological pain three years ago. They are now trying to wean her off of them because she has become addicted to them. It has been a long road, and it is very hard on her, but she is finally starting to get off of them. The weaning process has been going on for over a year now.

Good Luck, ""Stay Strong and keep a Positive Attitude""