... were pain management doctors. I was living in Calif at the time. I finally went to one in 1986. They tried a bunch of things. Many I could not use because I was working and I needed to be functional for work. We finally found that 8 10/325 Norco both eased the pain to a level I could function normally and not interfere with my work. During this time I was also diagnosed with needing both his and knees replaced. Due to various insurance and other circumstances I am still working on getting those done. I was on those until 2008 after I moved to New York. During that time they monitored me to ensure there were no signs of dependency or abuse. Then there was a Dr. Mehta who was apparently overprescribing hydrocodone and he was busted and Doctors started going into cover my butt mode and pulled my prescription. The have been trying other things and currently I am on Opana 15 ER 2 times a day. They do take a minimal edge off but don't come close to actually relieving the pain. My Pain Management Dr says they are stronger than the Norco and said if I don't like it I need to find a new Doctor. I have 2 problems. My first is that I think it is wrong to pull a medicine that works without having a viable alternative. The second is that it seems that if the Opana is stronger I should not be hurting as much as I do. It seems to Me that maybe my body chemistry reacts better to nrco than Opana or something. I honestly don't think it is a narcotic dependency or I would want the more powerful drug. To be honest I don't care if the answer is narcotic or not. I just want to be able to go bowling with my kids again or take a walk with my wife. I have come to the conclusion that Pain Management Doctors should be made to have a major trauma before getting their license so they actually know what it is to feel this kind of pain and how badly it affects your life. I kno this was long and I apologize. But, Really hope there is a solution since it seems since Dr. Mehta all NY pain management docs are afraid to prescribe what actually seems to help me
The opana is stronger but you may need a higher dose. This is not something only in New York. Our federal government has decided since their "war on drugs" is a miserable failure they will wage a war on doctors and pain patients. They are telling the docs what they can prescribe for which malady and how much. None of us much like the government messing in our medical care, but there seems to be nothing we can do. Docs are busted and loosing their licenses. Its a very real threat for them. These are good docs with only caring for patients as their fault. The government thinks they need to protect us from ourselves. Lord knows we might become addicted. Never mind its only like 2% of pain patients who become addicts. The media makes it worse with the way they talk about prescription drugs. They have society convinced that there is never a reason for them and we are all addicts.
Opana ER and Exalgo are both time released Oxymorphone, also known by it's name brand Dilaudid.
The idea is that Oxymorphone being much more stronger than the Hydrocodone you will need less of it, and Oxymorphone breaks down in the body to Hydrocodone, but
IV Diludid is about the most powerful narcotic given in todays hospitals but when given orally for some people it does not work at all, myself being one of those people.
For my post back surgery the surgeon had me on Norco 10/325 which I was getting by on and I was told to schedule an appointment with a pain specialist for future pain meds, so I did. That doctor placed me on Exalgo 25mg plus Diludid 2mg pills for break through pain. I took my first dose of Exalgo and find within hours I was in horrible pain and it was doing nothing so I tool the dilaudid 2mg, waited 30 minutes with nothing and took another, waited another 30 mintues and took another, and then picked up the phone and called my Doc to tell him I was in excruciating pain and the meds aren't helping at all. I ended up taking Exalgo for 3 days with the regular Dilaudid and literally ate them like candy with absolutely no benefit or pain relief what so ever.
Different drugs work with different people, Hydrocodone works better for some even though Oxymorphone is supposed to be converted into Hydrocodone in the body. For some people MS Contin is a good solution and other Oxycontin, I myself am currently taking Methadone for pain and not really happy with all the side effects, I will be talking to my pain doc in a week about possibly trying something else.
There is a big push right now to limit the amount of narcotics people are prescribed. All though it is probably good you are off all that Norco because you just don't want to be using that much tylenol there is a drug out there that will work for you, just finding the right combination of Doctor and patient relationship takes time.
David, The Doctors are getting harder to find. But it is not over yet. You have to be vigaliant. Get on the Internet and you will eventually find a new Doctor.I really hope that you get the best of care!!! I'll be looking for you on here and if can help you out, I'll do my best. Take care, and love your Family. Cookie
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