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Remember that game show called "Press Your Luck" where contestants would battle the game of chance in order to win money. Land on a "Whammy" and all that money would be gone in an instant. Many chronic pain patients also battle the game of chance by taking way too much Tylenol each day. Only this "whammy" could cost a life.
Sometimes taking these chances is by accident because Acetaminophen is in so many products with various names like NyQuil, Vicodin, Percocet , Lortab, and the list goes on and on. The problem is that the amount of Tylenol adds up with every product consumed daily. Some people still do not realize that APAP, Acetaminophen and Tylenol are all the same thing. This lingo can be deadly to those unaware. However, some people are very aware that they are taking too much Tylenol. They choose to press their luck. Some give explanations for this reckless behavior like, "I've been O.K. so far" or "My doctor checks my liver test periodically". Someday these excuses ...
Do you snore, wakeup throughout the night, or feel tired all the time? If so, you might have sleep apnea. Are you obese or have a thick neck? If so, you might have sleep apnea . In fact, 80 to 90 percent of people with sleep apnea do not even know that they have this respiratory problem. Gone undiagnosed, this nocturnal problem can lead to an unintentional death especially in those who are given opioids to treat pain. A person can literally stop breathing in his/her sleep as the driving force that keeps a person breathing, called the respiratory drive, is slowed. Those with sleep apnea may already have a reduced respiratory drive. Those who take opioids may also have a reduced respiratory drive. Thus, the combination of sleep apnea and opioid use can be fatal.
Cases of fatalities have been reported both in and outside the hospital. In the hospital, many cases of post-operative respiratory depression have been linked to people at risk for sleep apnea, undiagnosed with sleep...
Well Doc, I am backed-up and barfing if you really want to know how I feel. The porcelain god is frowning on me from his throne in the sky. That medicine that you gave me has really got me plugged-up and hugging the toilet at the same time. Go figure! I would rather take the pain than have my innards all tied up in knots. No thank you! You can keep that junk called medicine.
Sound familiar; the list of side effects caused by many medications used to treat chronic pain includes: constipation and vomiting. Some people can have one without the other; some people can have both problems. Either way, gut problems are not fun and can actually prevent one from taking an adequate amount of pain medications. Fear of these side effects should not be a limiting factor for pain relief. Constipation and vomiting are both treatable and preventable.
Constipation is a common theme among those using opioid pain medications . These chemicals prevent the normal bowel muscle activity that pro...
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