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karmona
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Tandy and Hello

Hey B,

I can do you one better.  My first computer was a Radio Shack Tandy ? and had for storage a 128kb floppy drive.  We thought we were big shots when we upgraded with a second 128 floppy.  NO hard drive at all, lol.

I was just 48 yrs old and professionally am a Medical Laboratory Directory whose area of interest, expertise, and continuing education is in drug screening technology, compliance, QC, collection, etc.

Coincidentally, my personal life remains tied to prescription drugs as well.  I can honestly say I am a functional prescription opiate addict.  I have been on and off opiates for 25+ yrs. It's only since May 05 (after a near fatal car accident where I broke my skull, neck C-1, face, clavicle,  3ribs, and crushed/demolished/pulverized 8 thoracic vertebrae T2-T10 and am now pieced/propped/stabilized/screwed full of $300,000.00 worth of stainless steel) that I have been eating them daily.  Have gone through the gamut but have settled in to 180 mg MS Contin and 60 mg Vicodin a day.

I have an absolutely huge tolerance that I wish would go away.

Anyway, found this site tonight, hope to contribute from my personal experience as well as my professional.

Take Care, Stay Safe, God Bless,

Karen M.

 

There's nothing better than a rabid conviction to obtain accurate information, the ability to say "I don't know", and mature personal experience.  __|__ KM

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I am

an engineer,a recovering addict- off massive amounts of opes and methadone for 9 months, a chick and a mother of two sons. I'm 46 but I act like I'm 30!Cool

Hi!

jamie L
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Just found this and thought I would join in

I am in my late thirties, mother of a beautiful 2 1/2 yr old who is healthy after a complicated pregnancy I was BLESSED!, married, and have quite a few health problems. When I was 23 yrs old my back "went out" for NO REASON, it just happened one day. I felt these shooting pains down my legs while driving and when I got back to my apt with a friend I fell to the floor & I broke out in a sweat & started to see all white (was getting ready to faint I guess) and that is when it all began... Long story short, for years even though my Mri's and X-rays etc... showed herniated disc and degenerative disc disease the Dr.'s kept saying I was to young!!! They don't say to young anymore! Very frustrating to have a Dr. show me the Mri, TELL me what it is and in the same sentence tell me I am to young. Prior to the Dr. I was layed up in bed & couldn't even get out of the bed to go to the bathroom !!!( I was 23 years old, wearing depend diapers having my mother care for me) and the Dr's gave me coedine 3 which i didn't know what it was but i knew i was in a lot of pain... fast forward to today and 3 back surgeries later and more health problems later still feel very frustrated with Dr's in every area whether it is for the back, high blood pressure, and NUMEROUS other problems. They all give me different answers to the different health issues I have, and 15 years later ( gave my age Tongue out I am still frustrated, and confused. Husband has had health problems as well after taking prednisone ended up with diabeties 2 ( don't know if prednisone was the cause a pharmacist said could be??) Came to this site to help out someone else but I found out it is GREAT, this is the first one I have been to and then I looked at a couple of others and didn't like so I am going to hang out here for awhile and see how it goes. So far I like the no judging (that is a biggie for me) and people seem to be very helpful and nice. I feel like I just found a 2nd home coming to this site, as weird as that may sound. Well have much more but this is getting really long... Sooo here it is if anyone interested. Jamie        

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October must be the intro month

    I am a 26 year old computer engineering student, with a AS in Information Technology.  I originally started at a southern school to play baseball, but was in a car accident during winter vacation that put all of that on hold.  Long story short, I help my parents take care of my grandma, who is on many meds.  This site is where I originally came to find a picture of some weird medication she was on about a year ago, and have just been lurking before finally deciding to join in on the discussions.  I have been diagnosed with herniated discs L3-S1, with DDD from thoracic to sacrial.  It x*#&s, and I hate it.  I take meds for it daily, and am in a chronic pain clinic.  Because of my young age and completely degenerated spine, I get the pleasure of having labs drawn every month, kind of as a case study to see what may have caused the degeneration at such a young age.  Some docs said it could have started as early as 19, which could have been why the discs herniated so easily.  I'm not a surgicial candidate because of the possibility of a negative outcome, to which I say why wait until I'm too old to move.  I currently work for a shipping/manufacturing company on the overnight shift, which is fine with me.  Fewer people to see my gimpy limp.  Anyway, I'm not a sissy or panzy or anything like that, so that's not what I was going for in this post.  Just thought I'd id myself, as well as tell you that I am especially fond of the image sections.  Take care.

gtrplayer 

 

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Hey

25M  Student/Computer Technician.

Not ashamed to admit that i used to abuse prescription pain pills, specificaly Oxycontin.  Did the methadone and suboxane things, coming up on 9 months clean in Nov.

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I am a 21 year old

I am a 21 year old gemologist,  mother to a 3 month old precious little boy and wife to every woman's dream man!!  All my family members it seems have medical conditions and rely on medication to regulate their lives, this website is a wonderful resource! Wink

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Thought I might jump on board as well

I'm an Iron Worker (the erection of structural steel for buildings and bridges) and was injured a couple years ago.  Ruptured discs L-4, L-5, S-1 and S-2.  So I went from someone who never took meds, even when they were prescribed to someone who is on them daily for chronic pain.  Started out with a variety of different meds which did'nt help.  Tried Ultracet for a few months then went to Davocet for about a year.  Now taking Lortab every day.  Percocet and diazepam when it gets real bad.  Concerned about the different meds that I had been prescribed, I started searching the web and found this site.  I've been checking it out for a year or so before becoming a member.  I think that it is the best site that I have come across.   

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WHY I AM HERE

FIRST OF ALL, I LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WORSE OFF THAN ME...JUST BURRIED MY BEST FRIEND THRU LUEKEMIA (SP?) WHO NEVER COMPLAINED! WELL ANYHOW...I WAS IN AN INDUSTRIAL ACCD. BUILDING A YACHT. WAS STRUCK IN THE HEAD AND KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS BY A SIXTY FOOT PIECE OF MAHOGANY (CHINE RAIL) THAT WAS BENT AROUND HER HULL, TIL THE CLAMPS SNAPPED. THEY SAY MY BODY WHIPPED AROUND BUT FEET STAYED STILL, TEARING CARTILEDGE ALL OVER, FOUR KNEE SURGERIES HAVE TAKEN ALL THE LATERAL AND MEDIAL MENISCUS (CARTILEDGE) OUT, I NEED BOTH REPLACED BUT THEY SAY AM TOO YOUNG (37)(WAS 27), EVERY DISC IS DAMAGED, NOT ALL HORRIBLY, BUT L5-S1 IS WORST AS IT IS PRESSING AGAINST THECAL SAC (SPINAL CORD HOLDER), THORACIC DISCS HERNIATED, EVEN NECK...BUT WORST PART IS HEAD. HAD SEIZURES, BAD "BRAIN ACHES" AND NOTHIN SHOWED ON MY MRI'S, FINALLY HAD A P.E.T. SCAN WHICH, ALTHOUGH EXPOSES YOU TO OVER 10X THE RADIATION, MAKES MRI'S SEEM "DARK AGES". THE P.E.T. SHOWED PERFECTLY SYMETRICAL DAMAGE TO AN AREA OF THE BRAIN THAT MY NEURO LIKES TO CALL "GOOD BRAIN DAMAGE" B/C THOUGH THE PAIN, SHORT TERM MEMORY PROBS, AND SPACIAL DEFECIT...A CENTIMETER AWAY AND I COULD HAVE BEEN DROOLING OUT THE SIDE OF MY MOUTH FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH NO SPEECH OR MOTOR SKILLS...SO I WILL TAKE THIS, THANK YOU. ANYWAY I AM ON A MILLION MEDICINES, I REMEMBER 10 YRS. AGO WHEN THEY SHIPPED THEM TO MY HOUSE IN MASS QUANTITIES (THE GOOD OLD DAYS), B4 ALL THESE KIDS DECIDED TO MAKE SCRIPTION DRUGS THE "IT" THING, SO NOW WE ALL HAVE TO BE TREATED LIKE POTENTIAL CRIMINALS. MAN ALL KIDS DID WHEN I WAS IN H.S. WAS WEED AND ALCOHOL! I CAN NOT FATHOM LOOKING DOWN AT A PILL IN MY HAND, HAVING NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS, YET SWALLOWING IT! THESE KIDS ARE WACKED! ANYWAY, LIKE I SAID I GET ANYTHING, I AM ON OR HAVE FOR USE...NEURONTIN, DEPAKOTE, PHENERGAN, IMITREX, XANAX, VALIUM, LORCET, NORCO, CELEBREX, SKELAXIN, KLONOPIN, RESTORIL, AMBIEN, COMPOZENE, LODINE, AND PROB SOME I FORGOT...OBVIOUSLY I DON'T TAKE ALL OF THEM, DAILY...THINGS JUST DEPEND, BUT THOSE ARE MY SCRIPTS. I HAVE TRIED PATCHES AND EXTEND RELEASES LIKE OXYCONTIN AND HATED IT, I THINK OXY IS EVIL, IT DID THE SAME FOR MY BUDDY, DEPRESSION, TIRED, LETHARGIC, WEAK PAIN CONTROL COMPARED W/FAST ACTING...YET I HAVE TRIED OXYCODONE FAST RELEASE AND HAVE NO COMPLAINT, SO I MAY HAVE BEENALERGIC TO SOMETHING IN THE CONTIN, MY EYES HURT AND ALL. WELL HOPE ALL YOU WELL, WAS ASKED TO FILL THIS PART OUT AND FIGURED, SURE...SORRY IT IS SO LONG! ANYONE NEED LEGAL ADVICE I AM GOOD WITH.   -TERRY

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I'm Ashley.. Vet Technician,

I'm Ashley.. Vet Technician, ''new aged hippie'', as everyone else calls me.. I have no kids, I'm not married.. I've lived everywhere..I actually lived in a tent for awhile in Florida and in Texas. It was by choice of course...I have a dog and a cat, which is a handful for me already lol.. umm..My biggest passion in the world is music.. I can't think of much more. :)

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I want to join in too

I am a 29 year old LPN married with two beautiful children, my son, 2 1/2 and my daughter 1 1/2.  I was diagnosed shortly after the birth of my daughter with Hepatitis B (I had received two units of "bad blood" during my C-section).  When my Interferon and Epivir treatments began I became very interested in different medications and how they work and effect people (actually, I became scared).  I've been through a slew of medications over the past year for my many ailments associated with my Hep B, so, I am especially grateful to all of you who post your facts and opinions on this site.