... been 3 weeks and im still in pain.I have appt for x ray .what can i ask for to relieve this pain . IT is making me miss work .I am a carpenter
29 Nov 2012
Hi fred joe, If you ask for pain meds (narcotics) you may become labeled as a 'drug seeker'. That is a sad fact. But, if you see a pain management doctor, you may end up with something a bit more efficacious than gabapentin. You may need Vicodin to be able to work. BUT, you may just need surgery to fix the sciatic nerve. Has surgery ever been mentioned by your doctor?
Most people that are taking pain meds must prove that they have done everything in their power to mitigate the pain, physical therapy, surgery, keeping all appointments with specialists, and never ever abusing their pain meds. Also, you may need to give a urine sample each month to get your pain medication. Just thought I would give you the worst case scenario.
The best case is, you go to your family physician, he/she believes you and writes an rx, but that is unlikely.
Good luck, I do hope you find something to keep the pain at bay,
29 Nov 2012
I second MacIntosh12's answer and love his/her use of vocabulary.. I really hope you don't have to go through all of that to get the relief you deserve. Just so you know, it is reported that less than 1% of people that take pain medication for the purpose of relieving pain and do not take it just to get "high" get addicted to it. I have been on pain meds for a long time off and on. It doesn't make me "high" and I only remember to take it when I am in pain. Also, not sure if your doctor gave you any other advice, but alternating hot and cold and using a high dosage of NSAID might help alleviate some pain.
29 Nov 2012
Yes, don't ask for a pain med. Tell the dr what you are taking isn't enough. Its possible your gabapentin could be increased, or a different NSAID could be used. Once they know if its any damage to your spine causing it, they can do things like steroid injections etc.
29 Nov 2012
My first question is what is the dosage of Gabapentin are you currently taking??
Usually they start you at a low dosage for a month. Then after a month they will increase the dosage. I think if they increase your Gabapentin up you will find it will help with the pain. Meloxicam is not a medication I am not familiar with but I read that it is a NSAID. They probably put you inn this for pain relief & inflammation.
You did not mention if you are seeing a pain management Dr. if you have not seen one I think you should talk to your primary dr. & get a referal to see one. As there is several ways to help with your pain.
But as the others have said you should Not go in asking for a stronger pain medication.
But you should ask if it will help to increase your Gabapentin as that should help alot.
Then ask about seeing a pain management specialist as you are still in pain.
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