I have quite a high tolerance to pain meds and have been recently referred to a neurologist b/c of years of lower back problems.My upper back/neck is now causing me excruciating pain as well.I have a MRI next week but Dr put me on Lortab-5 and a no-name muscle relaxer.I had to tell him after 2 weeks that it wasnt touching the pain so he upped the meds to Lortab-10s.Im still taking 2 at a time and nothing works.How do I get him to understand that even that isnt strong enough w/out sounding like a crackhead? Im not making it up and I dont want him to think I just want drugs or whatever.Very frustrating!
I have a high tolerance to pain meds.how do I tell my Dr its not strong enough w/out sounding crazy?
- 29 Mar 2010 by Anonymous
29 Mar 2010
Obviously if you are up in the middle of the night seeking an answer, you are not crazy. Like most of us , you are in pain. 7 kids alone sounds painful! Just a joke. Humor will help. Stick with this forum and people will help you cope. Talk to your doctor and tell him "please refer me to a pain specialist right away for an emergency visit.. I can not wait for the test results to come back. The medications you have given me are not working." Is there a "legal" reason for the high tolerance? Please don't take that the wrong way. So many of us have gotten meds off the streets. If there is a valid reason, and the meds came from this doctor, he should understand why you have the tolerance you do. If the meds came from a different doctor, get a printout from your pharmacy and show it to your doctor. Be honest about all the meds you have taken and why. Apparently you need a good time released pain med along with a good breakthrough med.
Lortab will do more harm than good over the long run. If you have been with this doctor for a while, and you have a good repore with him, he should help you out. No one deserves to live in pain because doctors are afraid of prescribing meds that are actually helping! Or you can simply inform your doctor I am looking for a pain specialist to help me until you figure out what is going on with my back. This medication is still not working. Don't let him get away with telling you to "give it time, it needs to build up in your system." That's BS and even he knows that.
I know all too well about back pain. Feel free to add me as a friend and I wish you good luck with your doctor. Keep us informed about your progress!
29 Mar 2010
hi mom, sounds funny saying that, just what u need is another 1. well let me first say that christine has that gift of making everyone feel comforted.she makes sense. so take her words to heart.if i was a dooctor and you told me you were a mother of 7 i would agree you know something about pain. just use chris' game plan and be yourself. good luck.
29 Mar 2010
Well first off I have to say ouch, mom of 7, are you sure the kids are not the pain in the neck? I am just kidding you, I agree with christine that if your doctors hand keeps freezing up, I would ask him to refer you to a pain management doctor. If you are not seeing your PC for awhile you can just ask for your records at the front desk or have them faxed to the pain doctor you have chosen. Pick your pain doctor carefully though some are just in it for the almighty dollar! In fact my pain doctor is start to be a pain for me and I have to have the big pow wow with him in a week. He put me on Lyrica for breakthrough pain and I got up this morning and my whole face is all swollen!
not a pretty sight. Back pain can be tricky to dianose, so stick to your guns about your pain level. Gosh I wish there was more I could do to help! Best of luck mom of 7. In fact if you can be a mom of 7 you can do anything!
1 Apr 2010
Have you spoke to him about a time released pain med? I take methadone and it works wonders. I hate the stigma that is related to it, but quite frankly I don't care anymore. It works and I do not have break through pain or whatever. I take 70-80mgs a day and it works wonders. Talk to your doctor about it. Maybe they will listen.. best to ya... kim
1 Dec 2011
I chose an above the knee amputation two years ago after two years hospitalized treating MRSA. My phantom pain is unrelenting - always there without Hydrocodone 10mg/500mg. I am afraid of developing a tolerance to this drug, and would like to know what I might ask for next. Your thoughts?
(Yes, phantom pain is real - for example, my "leg" gets cold in bed if not under the cover!)
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