Unfortunately, we really can't cross that bridge until we come to it, you know what I mean?
My best friend, Girlie, has endometriosis & her pain when she was younger was TREMENDOUS, and all month long, too - it just got SUPER bad when she was ovulating & during her menses. After a number of surgeries, the doctors actually put her on opioid
medications for her chronic pain, in addition to injections in her spine to numb her nerves so she wouldn't feel so much pain, etc.
So, yeah, I'm familiar with the pain of endometriosis.
She has a legit reason to be on these meds, and she may be on them for a long time if they aren't able to fix her pain. It's no fun being on chronic opioids
for actual pain.
Especially if she's young.
It's hard to say this early in the game. I mean, someone who likes to have wine with dinner who occasionally gets stupid drunk just for fun isn't someone we'd necessarily call an alcoholic, right? So if someone sometimes takes their pain meds when they aren't in really a lot of pain...I don't know if I'd worry too much yet. I mean, if she just liked to do opioids now & then for fun there probably wouldn't be a HUGE worry, right? It's just that she has consistent, easy access to the opioids that makes the dog concerned?
It's a slippery slope to be sure, and something she needs to be aware of & watch out for (her motives for taking the pain meds when she decides to take them). Anyone has the ability to become an opioid addict, for sure. But if she really needs the meds (and endo is no fucking picnic), then she's going to take them. All that can really be done is provide her the tools to help herself if she needs it, and for her to know that she can ask for help without judgment on the part of the people she wants to ask help from.
My girlfriend started out with Percocet (oxycodone
) 'scripts here & there, then she got a regular Percocet 'script, and soon they gave her methadone
on a daily basis for pain, with the Percocets just for breakthru pain. After a number of years, the Percocet wasn't really enough for the breakthru pain, and they changed them to Dilaudid (hydromorphone
) instead. These, on top of amitryptaline & cyclobenzeprine daily for the pain, PLUS radio-frequency injections in her spine every 6 months or so. Endometriosis is *WAAAAAAY* more than "period cramps" (just in case anyone reading this doesn't get it.
All the best to this girl, and those who love her!