February 14, 2007 3:26pm CST
Is anyone out there taking a pain medication known as Oxycontin? If so what dose do you take, and do you find it's helping you at all? What do you take it for? I suffer with chronic pain from fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis, and I've been taking Oxycontin for the past year or more. I've gone from taking one pill at the 10 mg. to 3 per day, and now have increased one of the doses to 20mg. and may have to make another dose that strong and nothing else seems to be helping with the pain. Do you benefit from taking it or have any side effects from it??
• Orangeville, Ontario
14 Feb 07
I, too, have fibromyalgia, but I took Oxycontin for a brief period of time for menstrual cramps only. It helped the first time but the other two times I had to wait until my regular pain killer (Tylenol 3) was out of my system else it made me loopy. Plus it didn't work those other times. As you must know with fibromyalgia, what works for one person does not work for another. I have taken Tylenol 3's since I was diagnosed 11 years ago. I was taking 6-8 pills a day but am now down to 1-3 a day due to weight loss from exercise. I find exercise, pacing yourself and knowing your limitations is imperative to managing your pain. If you can manage your depression and your stress you will also feel better. Not easy to do, I know. Please be careful. Oxycontin can be very addictive.
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24 Feb 07
Unfortunately, a lot of my pain is also from my arthritis. I am in need of knee replacement surgery and at the moment the pain is almost unbearable at times. Because of this pain, and my knees being so bad I get very little exercise especially not the kind I'd like to be able to do. I know the medication can be addictive, like so many other medications, but there doesn't seem to be anything else that works and if I didn't take the pain medication, I wouldnt' be able to function.
• United States
22 Nov 07
My Uncle took it for a long time b/c he has a blood disease that causes painful clots in his legs...he still takes it and they have to steadily raise the doseage to help him. A friend of the family also takes it and after taking it for almost 2 years (she had spine and neck surgery) they cut her off. She went through the most horrible withdraw from it. She had to be hospitalized quite a bit and even now she still has problems with it. "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS" **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
1 Sep 07
hey butterflydawn i am on oxycontin~for afew years now.i take over 100mg's every 6 hours for pain.i deal with bone issues and slipped discs in my back, chronic migraines and much more. it used to help me alot, however the longer you are on it, the higher doses u have to take becuz ur body gets used to it...i had also been on mscontin (morphine) and it helped alittle but after being on oxycontin for so long i feel like it isn't helping me very much anymore and not sure what to do~i am also afraid to be on it becuz it is such a dangerous medication. but in the beginning it really helped me with my pain~i just say be careful! and make sure you have a good dr