I have severe lower back and neck pain, and i have been getting epidural and lower neck shots every 3 months for a year. Have been perscribed loratab 7.5 3 times a day, and my pain is just getting worse. My neck has been messed up worse from the last two shots i recieved. I have told my docor that i am in sever constant pain, and was wondering how I ask my doctor to raise my dose or give me a better pain medicine?
14 Sep 2011
Ask your Dr if a long acting pain med might be better for you. Studies have shown that long acting versions are better at controlling chronic pain. With long acting meds you take them every 12 hours (some need them every eight hours) on the clock not as needed like you do with short acting meds. This keeps ahead of the pain and generally allows you to actually take less medication in the long run with less ups and downs in pain control for you. the pain control is much more steady. Tell him like it is. Tell him what you are unable to do because of the pain i.e.
does it affect your sleep, ability to walk, stand, sit, get dressed, go to toilet, does it interfere with your ability to do what you want or need to do, does it affect your relationships with others? You might tell him that a friend of yours has a condition similar to yours and he takes (OxyContin, MSContin, Opana, whatever long acting drug or just say a long acting pain med if you are unsure) and he says it works well for him. Would this work for me? This way you are opening a discussion of why or why not he thinks this would work for you and allows him the final decision without you flat out asking for a drug. You can also approach it like "I have been reading about long acting drugs and I was wondering if something like that would work for me?" Just some way to open a discussion. Good Luck.
15 Sep 2011
locdawg55, If the epidurals are not giving you relief tell your dr. that you are worried about the epidurals not working, and that you are concerned about the dangers from recieving these shots. Tell him that you would rather have your pain relieved from stronger pain medicines, tell him that you are willing to sign a pain management contract, I have the same problems with my back, I told my Dr. to put me on OxyIR15mg q4hrs, and MScontin 30mgs q12hrs. I'am sure you will feel much better. If he/she is worried about addiction, tell him/her that you would rather take medicine than have to go through back surgery, and still worry about the surgery not being succssful and still be worse off than you are now, the surgery is dangerous and sometimes they have to go back in a 2nd time. kpwilson
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