After a restful Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to discuss something with you. Steroid Tapers .
As you know, I have had a recent MS relapse . This one wasn’t one which I just wanted to “wait it out” for. I’ve done that with very minor bumps/relapses along the road during the recent years. In fact since switching drug treatment two years ago, my MS relapses had been more subtle and my MS has been more stable.
So until the last couple of weeks, I had not had a real-life, steroids-requiring MS relapse which sent me to the doctor’s office in search of treatment in a long while. This time around I knew that I would be asking for Solumedrol but it was just a matter of timing. I had concert commitments over the weekend and the Thanksgiving holiday was coming up.
MS was affecting my leg strength and causing foot drop (which is new to me) in my right foot, the same one which had been showing a bit of clonus during yoga sessi...
Opioid medications have a natural property that causes physical dependence. Other medications used to treat high blood pressure , depression , and inflammation can do the same. Common substances, like caffeine, have that property. Because our bodies adapt, it is normal for these chemicals to become "known to us" over the time of exposure. When abruptly or too rapidly taken away, our bodies revolt. That experience can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, particularly if we have other medical problems such as diabetes or heart disease . Feelings of withdrawal have been reported in varying degrees by signs such as an increase in sweating, rapid heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, goosebumps, headaches, inability to sleep and agitation.
At times, the pain provider may decide that it is advisable in the treatment plan to discontinue opioid therapy. It may be for one of the following reasons:
intolerable or uncontrolled side effects
serious non-adherence to the treatment plan or unsafe pa...
Alternative Names Overdose - hydrocodone; Overdose - oxycodone; Vicodin overdose; Percocet overdose; Percodan overdose; MSContin overdose; OxyContin overdose Symptoms When you take the correct or prescribed dose of these medicines, side effects may occur. In addition to relieving pain, you may feel drowsy, confused and in a daze, constipated , and possibly nauseous. When you take too much of these medications however, symptoms become much more serious. Symptoms include: Extreme sleepiness Breathing problems Small pupils -- the black circle in the colored part of your eye The first thing that will likely occur is that you will become extremely sleepy. Depending on how much you take, this can range from struggling to stay awake to being completely unconscious -- family members may shake you very hard without waking you up. The most dangerous complication of this type of overdose is the effect on your breathing. A hydrocodone/oxycodone overdose can cause your breathing to slow down, become more sh...
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