... And I think I've found the right place. That being said I have a question. I have been on Oxycontin 10 mgs. 2 x's a day, Hydrocodone 10/325 4 x's per day and Baclofen 20 mgs. 4 x's a day for the last 6 months. The Hydro is for break through pain. The Hydro is just not helping like it use to. I could get away with 2 a day most days. Now I can't stand for more than 5 min. without hurting so bad I want to cry. Any suggestions anyone? Thank you in advance for your input
You need to talk to your pain management Dr. There are a few ways he could go. He may want to raise your Oxycontin dose. 10mg twice a day is a very small dose. Optimally, your long acting medication should hold the bulk of your pain with the need for the occasional breakthrough dose. If you start relying a lot on your breakthrough dose then usually your long acting dose needs to be raised. He could also change your breakthrough medication to something like Percocet. The best thing to do is to tell your Dr that the current regimen is not holding your pain. Welcome aboard!
I agree with several of the other comments. It does sound like you are building a tolerance to maybe both Oxycontin and Hydrocodone. Over the past 12yrs I have gone up to 60mg of Oxycontin and very little meds for break through pain.With 60 mg every 8 hrs for the first time in many years I live a fairly normal life, and find myself using less Norco than ever before. I know 60mg may sound like a lot, but I can function completely normally and not feel at all "high" or out of touch. In "95" I broke 2 vertabrae in my neck and in "98" had a client attack me and broke the next 2 below those. I had a plate and 8 screws put in my neck. Like you I was in pain 24/7 and had to retire. I would lay in bed and cry all day. Now with a wonderful pain management doctor that has stuck with me all this time and worked to get me on a great routine of medications My life is fairly normal most days. I also take Robaxin that does a lot for the muscle pain.
Don't give up and if you don't have a GREAT Pain Management Doctor start the search for one you click with. The doctor I see I drive a hour to see once a month, and he actually has many individuals that drive from other states. God Bless and hang in there. Reggie
Like you I have nerve pain and nerve damage and I also have degenerative disc disease further complicated by spinal stenosis and arthritis and a few other medical issues - I have 12 ruptured discs - 7 in my neck, 2 in my low back and 2 in my mid back and nerve damage in all 4 extremities with arthritis and I have lost so much bone in my neck that I actually lost 1/2 of an inch in height - when the pain had me totally bed ridden I must have seen a handfull of pain doctors before I found one that took me totally off all fast acting pain medications and she explained that I would need to be on pain medications for the rest of my life so she started me on Oxycontin and Fentanly and over the years I have become stable now on a 100 ugh fentanyl patch that I change daily and I am taking a very high dose of Oxycontin - I use a combination of 80 mg. 60 mg. and 40 mg.
Oxycontin pills and I use no break thru medication at all because I am so stable on my current dose of medication that I have not required any medication changes in several years and if I do experience any additional pain, I use a combination of exercise, moist heat, tens electrical stimulation, yoga, stretches, ice, massages, home traction, braces, menthol rubs and or a prescription numbing gel named Voltaren which is very good as is Bio-Freeze which is available over the counter. Remember each person is different and you need to work with your pain physician to find out which medications work best with your body at controlling your pain. I hope that by sharing with you what has worked with and for me, you will be able to discover which modalities and medications are most beneficial for you. Best of Luck to you - don't give up -
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