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#1 of 7 Old 01-22-2007, 05:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey mamas,

I'm in a lot of pain as my tumor is shrinking. Tons of excrutiating pain which entails me screaming all day long.

I have decided to go on prescription pain killers. I do not want to become addicted and I need one that is safe for BFing.

Thoughts?

Thanks
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oh amy...i hope you can find something that eases your pain! i'll talk to my dad...

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I think pretty much anything other than an NSAID is going to cause physical dependancy. When I took a pain managment seminar, they made the point that there are many drugs that become 'dependent' on, but we don't call them addictive. Are people 'addicted' to insulin? How about prozac? Let's say worse case scenario, you become physically dependent on them (which happens after a few days off consistant use, btw), you CAN be weaned off of them. Personally, I say go with what works.
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http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/t028900.asp

Morphine looks to be the safest but I think anything can becoming addicting with long term use. Think coffee...

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Thanks mamas

I ended up with Darvocet and I combine it w/Advil. I'm feeling a good 95% better, except when I am feeling so good that I forget to take it on time I spoke w/my Dr (who totally rocks btw) and he said in terms of addictiveness, Darvocet is low on the scale of addictions.

And the tumor is doing very well. The Protocel I started taking has been really doing a # on it. So, I'm psyched and looking forward to being tumor and pain free
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don't forget about alternative treatments for pain!!
I highly recommend accupuncture, have used it in the past for other things, but heard it works well for many pain symptoms.. Totally safe for bf'ing, and not addictive!! (well, unless you get hooked on laying still for a few minutes in a totally calming, healing environment )
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look into homeopathic remedies. http://www.abchomeopathy.com/

you try to match your particular symptom picture to the remedy. i don't know much about cancer pain, so i can't suggest one.

also, you can look on thomas hale's site. http://neonatal.ama.ttuhsc.edu/lact/

the page on analgesics (and forum for med practitioners' questions) gives info on a lot of different types of pain medications. http://66.230.33.248/discus/messages...tml?1170104085

it doesn't list darvocet (which is a combo of propoxyphene and acetaminophen (tylenol) according to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dextropropoxyphene)

i'll try to find my copy of hale's book "medications and mother's milk" later and edit. you can also call a LLLleader, most of them have the book.

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