I had three injections all of which worked for a few days to two weeks then stopped. The excruciating pain returned and only Vicoden 5 mg 3-4 times a day controlled the pain. Vicoden at that dose is the lowest dose prescribed. it worked perfectly for several years and doctors refused to prescribed opioids for fear of losing their license. My sister recently died of throat cancer and she complained constantly of pain. She died with unrelieved pain. As a cancer patient she was prescribed Morphine 2 mg. every 6 hours. That is beyond ridiculous but keeps our doctor’s license safe. Our doctors are violating their Hippocratic oath – Do No Harm. They had added a caveat “except when the government is breathing down your neck. Then the patient be damned. I am glad this helped you Randy. I don’t know your clinical status but I am sure it differs from mine. Do you have severe and crippling arthritis?
As already mentioned, neuraxial morphine is generally not used in for labor analgesia. In some situations however the use of intrathecal morphine may be beneficial. The analgesic effect of small amount of spinal morphine in combination with very small dose of local anesthetic may last several hours, though both the duration and the degree of pain relief are variable. For patients who are well progressed in labor the effect may last long enough to provide pain relief until the baby is born. Recent study indicates that about sixty percent of women in labor who receive spinal block in this fashion get satisfactory pain relief for their childbirth. Single shot spinal does not require close monitoring of the patients, and this method – though not optimal – may be suitable for places with limited healthcare resources.