I am a 54-year-old female born with chronic scoliosis of which I had no trouble with until after?
- 1 Apr 2012 by CiaMarie
- 2 Apr 2012
- scoliosis, surgery, chronic
... turning 45. Went to see an orthopedic doc after I started having so much trouble and after viewing my MRI was told it was one of the worse he had seen and surgery was not an option. He referred me to a pain clinic to handle my pain. He said with age it will only get worse and I would need medication to help with my pain the rest of my life and possibly could end up in a wheelchair. Well we went through several medication trials at the pain clinic and the one that helped most was a combination of Opana ER now at 40 mg 3 x a day and oxycodone for breakthrough pain. These meds had helped me very much until last week when picking up my prescriptions and I got the new formulation of Opana ER crush proof. I had an open mind about it because I do not abuse my medications, just take p.o. as instructed. But the new Opana gave me such bad stomach aches and did not seem to control my pain that it use to. My question is I have an appointment with my pain management doctor in early April and if anyone could suggest what medication would be an adequate substitute for the Opana ER. I am allergic to morphine and codeine. Thank you for any responses to my question.
Try Opana IR and oxycodones ... I hate what the drug companies have done to our pain meds... rendering them useless for the chronic pain people not druggies of dealers. All we want is pain control.
and, I think I might get a second opinion on your surgical options .. things are changing rapidly in medicine and a few titanium rods might straighten you up a bit. I have a friend who had severe scoliosis that was mostly repaired a couple of years ago.
The happy Hippie
This is a real bone of contention for Opana uses & the new oxycontin for people that had used the old forulation. They don't help the chrontic pain as well. You need to discuss this with your pain doctor & tell him what you said here. I'm sure it's something they have already heard by now. Maybe a fentanyl patch would help you better. It's about the same, & comes in different strenghts. A lot of people like them for pain. The new formulation will eventually start to work again, but it will take time for your system to adjust to the new formulation for sure, & I hear there's been quite a shortage of both kinds. Hope this helps a wee bit... Mary
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