This is my first time on this board and I'm not too sure how this all works yet. I have a question that I've been researching the answer to and haven't had much in the way of luck. I've had to live in severe chronic pain since 1999. I am no longer able to work and I have been on SSD for about 6 years now. I was injured in a fall and herniated my L-5/S-1 disk and have had 2 failed spine surgery's and one 8 hour reconstructive surgery that left me in critical condition for 4 days. Within 6 months of the lsat surgery I had developed severe scar tissue that impinges on the nerve root. As if all of that wasn't bad enough, I had another bad fall almost 2 years ago in my home and landed directly on my back where I had my surgery's. Since then I can feel and hear crunching in that area of my spine. And although I had already been in a great deal of pain, it has now increased significantly. I have also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, among many other things such as arthritis, etc.. After I had my 2nd surgery, I was put on Oxycontin to control the pain. This helped quite a bit and kept me on a level 5 on the pain scale. After the 3rd reconstructive surgery, my Oxycontin dosage was upped to 240mgs twice a day. It took me over a year to heal and recover from this surgery and left me in severe pain. At that point I had become very used to that dosage and I stayed between a level 6 to 7 on the pain scale. Since my fall 2 years ago I am now at a level 8 to 9 on the pain scale. Here is my question. Although my Pain Management Doctors feel that there is no problem with the particular dosage of Oxycontin that I am on at this time, I have other people in my life that are making me miserable by telling me that this dosage is unheard of and that I should never be any higher than 160mgs per day. My body has obviously become quite tolerant to this level of Oxycontin, and I personally have never been worried about this dosage. I don't mix it with any other medications except for a few that have been prescribed by the same doctors and I don't drink alcohol. Yet, I continue to be told that this is an abnormal dosage and that it will kill me. That it would kill anyone no matter what. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience on this type of dosage with Oxycontin? Is there anyone else who takes a similar dosage or even higher? Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm at my wits end here, my life is already stressful enough without always having to defend myself to others. Help!?
Sincerely,
Jewels:(