I have severe knee pain from traumatic arthritis from the army. I have taken 10/325 hydrocodone for 2 years now. The Doctor just switched me to 5/325 oxycodone since the hydro no longer helped, the oxy is not helping either. The VA is very hesitant to prescribe opioids or benzo's is there any thing stronger that I can fight the VA to get? I'm also can't take Dilaudid.
He needs to give you more oxy and without it being attached to tylenol as in percocet. You would be much better off with an extended release pain med then taking short acting ones, they're for acute pain. Oxycontin would be the best, but too many docs think its a demon drug, which is bunk. Duragesic patches are great, but thats a big jump from hydrocodone. Even long acting hydrocodone could help. As long as they gave you enough of it. I have my own opinion about the va not treating our veterans with appropriate pain meds, when they are in pain from serving our country. I was in the army nurse corps and worked in the va for several years, years ago, and this is outrageous to me.
I advise you state you case to the Dr and allow them to make the decision on an increase or change. as I just commented on another question, many Docs consider it a red flag when patients, especially pain patients come in knowing or telling them what to prescribe, therefor I will not name the stronger meds here to prevent that. Express your concerns and allow the Doc to make the move. It may take a while but you'll eventually get the help you need this way. Hope this helps.
I have had this same problem with my non-dominant knee on my left leg. Neither Vicodin nor Percocet worked on the knee. The only two things that helped were a shot in the knee of a big cortisone and deadening compound and 2 months of physical therapy which was a mix of heat treatments, ionizing treatments, massage, and exercises under supervision. I am sure by now you realize this is a process not a fast fix. I know how bad it hurts. Baby that leg. Keep it up on a chair/huge pillow all the time with hot pad. Remember on stairs take one stair at a time while “bad leg goes to Hell - good leg goes to Heaven” so that your bad knee/leg never carries all your weight flexed. Good luck.
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