Last week, I got hit by food poisoning and wound up in the ER for a few hours. During that time, the doctor opted to throw some morphine in my IV because I was in so much pain/discomfort.
Now, I’d always heard that morphine was a wonderful thing that would take all of your worries away – temporarily, at least. But my experience was definitely not like that. The nurse who injected it warned me that it would be “a bit uncomfortable” at first before I felt good. That might have been the largest understatement I’ve ever been on the receiving end of. I got hit by an incredible wave of nausea (something I was quite familiar with at that point since I was in Hour 13 of my food poisoning symptoms) followed by incredibly intense pain in an area that felt like it was between my stomach and intestines. My wife, who was sitting next to me at the time, said that I had quite the look of panic and pain going on. It took (what felt like) several minutes for that to subside.
Once that particular sensation had worn off, I was left with nothing, really. I didn’t get loopy or lightheaded, as the nurse had said. My original pain was somewhat lessened, but never went away. It felt like the morphine had had a really minimal impact on how I was feeling overall.
Anyway, I’m really curious about what others would describe as a “normal” morphine experience, and I’d also like to know if anyone else has had the sort of negative reaction I seemed to have. And finally, if there are nurses or doctors lurking about, I’d like to hear how common a reaction like mine tends to be, and why it happens.