After surgery I have had to depend on my pain management Dr. for medication to releave my pain.I am 4 wks out of major back surgery I had to have this surgery because the Dr. that did my previous surgery left me a mess, and I had to have all the hardware he put in removed and replaced, plus I had stenosis in my spinal cord because of some bone spirs. I also had two herniaded disc's. I also have had a total knee replacement in May 2010. I have lupus, rumatoid and ostioauthritus. When I came home after my back surgery my surgeon put me on hydrocodone 10/500 2 tablets every four hours. I mad sure to tell him all the medication I am on which includes methidone - one tablet four times a day, prednesone 5 mg. once per day. I made copies of all my scripts that my surgeon had prescribed and faxed them to my PM dr. A few months later they took over my medications, and his nurse said I did not notify them that I was taking medication from another Dr. They made me take a drug test $30.00. They have put me on Loritab 7.5 four times per day and only gave me 20 tablets. When I called for a refill, his nurse said that I am taking too much and that the four per day was actually for break thru pain and I am taking way too much medication amd I am just building up a tollerance to the medication. I told her I am in constant pain and by the end of the day I absolutely can not walk on my left leg because of the pain in my hip and my leg becomes numb. I told her I am scheduled for and MRI on my neck, back, and hip. I found out that the girl saying she is his nurse used to work in the office, and she is not even a CNA. She told me that the medication I am on now the one tablet of lortab 7.5/500 is actually more than what I was taking which was 2 of the10/500 hydrocodone. What is she talking about? Are these not the same but one is a different name because it is generic?? Do I need to just stay cut back and suffer. I can not bear to lay in bed all day. I am not a person who wants to be high. All I want is to be out of pain Most of the time I don't take medication until I start hurting. Apparently she does not know that I don't need medication for breakthru pain I need it for tremendous pain. Where do I go from here???
Shes talking out her ass if she thinks 7.5 is more than 2 10mg. They are the same med so how is it possible that 7.5 is more than 20mg. Shes just trying to trick you into thinking that because them like most drs nowadays dont like to prescribe pain meds because of our government being more worried about their failing war on drugs instead of helping people who need it. You might want to try switching drs if you cant deal with the pain. Good luck either way. Hope you can get something worked out
You need to get an appointment with your pain management doctor and tell him/her the extent of your pain. They have you on mostly short-acting meds for breakthrough pain and you need to be on a stronger long-acting medication, such as a stronger dose of Methadone, or the Fentanyl patch, or Opana ER - one of that type. The ?nurse must have been confused about the 1 Lortab 7.5/500 being more than the 2 10/500 hydrocodone - the Lortab 7.5/500 is definitely weaker than the two 10 mg ones. Arguing with the ?nurse over the phone won't get you anywhere - you need an appt with the pain management Dr. Take in all your copies that you faxed your Dr, and all your medication bottles and be calm, relaxed, and just tell them where you are coming from. You haven't lied to them and you are in way too much pain and need their help. Best wishes to you -
Yeah, Ocean is absolutly correct. The only thing that they were accomplishing here is that by prescribing 2 5 mg. Hydrocodone verses 1 7.5 mg of Hydrocodone is that you were getting 2.5 mgs. more of Hydrocodone. Now listen, with the pain that you are dealing with, and the medications that you are taking, you truly do need to be under the care of a Pain Clinic, mainly because they can give you what you really need. For example, there is time released medications out there, and if taken correctly, they can help you greatly. Plus, with the right medications, you may even be able to quick taking some of the other medications that you are currently on. For example, if given Oxy Contin or MS Contin, you could eliminate the Hydrocodone and the Methadone entirely. Then if you eventually need something for break-through pain, then they can give you something to go along with the time-released medication. However, and once again, this is better handled, and should only be handled, by a Pain Clinic doctor who really specializes in pain; instead of your family doctor. Good luck to you.
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