I have DDD ( digenerative disk disease) spinal stanosis, myomylacia, lessions on my spinal cord, 2 ruptured lumbar disk which pinch off nerves, 5 buldging disk in my middle back, one ruptured disk in my neck that is on my spinal canal. and of course the narrowing of the rest of the disks.. I have been on Percocet 10/325 for over 4 years, But here lately I have been throwing my back out at least 3 times a month and it causes me to be in bed for 3 days at a time.. I have noticed that i'm not getting pain relife the way that I use to.. Is this normal? Can I ask for something stronger without seeming like an addict? What is the normal time for building up a tolerance? I have MRIs once a year and every year they get worse.. Any advice or help would be great.. I feel lost and because of my age I find it hard to get answers from my Dr when it comes to medication.. I have never had it raised before.. By the way I'm 31..
14 Apr 2011
You may benefit from a longer acting med such as Avinza (morphine sulfate) or MS Contin (also morphine sulfate). These meds would give you pain relief for a longer period of time and then you could just use the percocet or something like vicodin for break through pain. Can't hurt to talk to your doctor about alternatives after explaining your pain is increasing. It is very possible that you have built up a tolerance.
May I also suggest physical therapy to help you strengthen the muscles that support your back. It would definitely help as far as throwing your back out again. Your doctor would have to write the orders then could make a referral to a physical therapist. This might show the doctor that you are sincere in your efforts to seek alternative means of pain control.
Just my thoughts,
14 Apr 2011
Laurie is right the longer you are on medication the body adjusts to the medication/dose then a change has to be made in order to meet the needs to continue to control the pain the way you use to. It sounds like that you may have reached that point and may need to talk to the doctor that manages your pain, there are many longer acting medications as Laurie suggested that can last up to 12 hours and then usually a medication is given for pain that might enter the picture before your next dose of long acting pain medication. such things as Laurie mentioned like Avinza, MS Contin, Opana Extended release, medications such as this. have a talk with your doctor when you go in and just tell him what you have mentioned here and see what he thinks about the possibility of your making a change, Please keep us posted and know that we wish you the very best--
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