I have been taking endocet since Oct. 2009 for severe cervical and lumbar pain. It has opened up a really big can of worms for me and I would be most appreciative if others could give me thier input.
Firstly, I developed a tolerance very shortly after starting it (I had been taking hydrocodone for over a year and had become resistant to it so my dr. tried the oxycodone to see if it would help me more. After a few weeks, I started to feel as one would feel with a low blood sugar level, i.e., trembly and weak. I started craving sweets to an extreme and then I started to feel very, very crabby and short tempered. I tried to tolerate the side effects because my pain is so severe it incapacitates me at this point. I also feel like I am over reacting to stimuli, i.e., if someone requires an answer from me I feel like I am almost jumping out of my skin.
I will see a pain management dr. for the first visit on Monday and I am afraid that if I tell her the emotional side effects that she will deny me pain medication and I don't want to go back to suffering all the time.
What is it that this medication is doing that it is affecting my good disposition? Can a chemical really alter one's frame of mind? Is there another pain remedy at the opioid level which will not do this to my emotional health? I'm just so forlorn trying to deal with all the issues that have developed from something that was a Godsend two years ago to a mysterious and negative force.
Have others here had this reaction to this medication? If I take less, it doesn't kill the pain when it begins early in the day or breaks through during the day or evening, so cutting down just doesn't make any sense as far as pain relief goes. Ideas, suggestions?