Monday, November 9, 2020

That Time I Tried: IV Morphine

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.  I had reluctantly gone to the Urgent Care after 8 days of rectal pain caused by quitting dihydrocodeine cold turkey.  I'd been taking DF118 Forte tabs every day in the 280 mg range for a long time and suddenly couldn't get them, forcing me to switch over to weak 8 mg codeine or kratom, to which my access was spotty at best.  Oopsie.  No other withdrawal symptoms whatsoever... just unrelenting pain in my rectum.  Laugh if you want.  I did.  Between grabbing my cheeks in agony.  I've never experienced anything quite like this.  No diarrhea, nausea or cold sweats--just PAIN in my backpassage combined with my usual severe constipation.  I'd also been eating some "everything" bagels with poppy seeds, sesame seeds & other such things that may have been exacerbating the problem but I'm 90% sure the dihydrocodeine withdrawal was the main cause.  I've never felt anything like that before or since.  

Anyway, after a newbie nurse gave me some shots and MISSED (yikes) she finally got me hooked up with some Zofran for nausea and a hit of that sweet-sweet poppy juice, aka IV morphine.  This was after the CT scan of my abdomen which apparently came up fine.  I'm lucky they didn't end up doing some kind of digital/manual exam now that I think about it.  Not sure what I was expecting when I went in there complaining of butt pain.  

1880's morphine vial

Anyway, the morphine was nice: warm & pleasant.  Definitely took the pain away for at least a few hours.  But surprisingly it wasn't anywhere near as euphoric as oral oxycodone (Percocet or OxyContin) and only equivalent to oral hydrocodone at about 10 mg.  And I still felt anxiety about being in the hospital around germs even at the peak of the morphine high.  

I felt a joyous afterglow when walking into Walgreen's to pick up my prescription for a whole EIGHT hydrocodones after the long ordeal in the hospital.  But overall I'd rank IV morphine somewhere between hydrocodone and oxycodone in terms of euphoria and general potency of painkilling effects.  It's a true opiate complete with the warm fuzzy sedation of the opium poppy while the semi-synthetics like oxy are far more stimulating, which I prefer.  But I wouldn't turn my nose up at it if offered again.  

And for the record, dihydrocodeine is one of the worst, weirdest opiates I've withdrawn from after the opium poppy in its whole form.  

IV morphine sulfate

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