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quote:If pain isn't allowed to build up, it's far easier to control. For anyone who regularly suffers pain, it's a good idea to take four-hourly paracetamol as baseline pain control. This can be 'upped' on the pain control ladder by a prescription of codeine plus paracetamol, before stuff like Sevredol (short acting morphine) or MST Continuus (slow release morphine) is brought in when the mid-ladder stuff doesn't work. People can be on one preparation of morphine or other for years, again flying in the face of the popular myth that once you're 'on the morphine' death is a few weeks away.For anyone dealing with constant, disabling pain (tends to happen a lot amongst the Sisters) may I announce that I've found a drug of heavenly efficacy? It's called pregabalin, or Lyrica. I've been on morphine for at least five years and hate the stuff. The constipation is the worst. Then along comes Lyrica and, wonder of wonders, I'm feeling slightly closer to human than normal. I'm in the process of switching (and it has to be a slow switch, or I'll go cold turkey) between the two drugs and there's a bit of hope on the horizon.Trouble is, the last time I responded to a 'wonder' drug, it turned out to be Vioxx...... bugger and damn. I still have a small supply but it's the dropping dead abruptly thing that makes me save them for best. 8-(