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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:34 pm 
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Hi -

I was on pain meds for over 3 yrs (up to 160 mg day of oxy) and then Subs for a year year and a 1/2. I have not taken anything for a year and a 1/2 but have to get surgery in a month. Given that I have taken so much meds in the past will 5mg percs (or whatever they give normal people) work or have I just destroyed my receptors????????????


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:49 am 
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AFAIK, addiction doesn't "destroy" receptors. Sorry you have to have surgery, but you are lucky to know ahead of time. Worrying about what might happen won't help.....but discussing options with your docs will. Hiding your past due to fear won't help, either. You CAN come through it without severe problems and re-triggering your addictions!


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I agree - the receptors can't be destroyed. They will return to normal after opiates are removed for a period of time.

Depending on your dosage, usually people on sub maintenance do need more than the average dose of pain meds. My last surgical procedure was in April last year and I spent two weeks tapering my dose down in the hopes that I would get better pain relief. I was given an average dose of pain meds, but I took more than was prescribed and I actually DID get some pain relief. That said, it's pretty rare - many people don't get enough pain relief.

In the "Links" section of the forum, there are a couple of articles/papers that address treating acute pain while on sub. I think it would behoove you to read those papers, maybe even share them with your surgeon/doctor.

I really hope this helps.

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I feel stupid for asking this, but where is the Links section of the forum?


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Silly Lilly - NOT a stupid question. On the index page, where all the different topics/categories are, the "Links" section is down toward the bottom.

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