I was in a roll over car accident in a large suv i did nt have my seat belt on and bounce around the inside of vehicle as it rolled over twice i have never taken pain meds before and am now on 30mgs of morphene 2 times a day and15 mg of morphene for break thru i have two herniated disc in my lower back and some really bad neck pain but this med helps my lower back issue bit does nothing for my neck anyone have any advice?
How do I get my doc to change my pain meds to something that works?
Added 23 May 2013:
I a started seing a pain specialist last week he started me on the morphine 30 mgs and15 mgs but they dont help my neck and im verry agraid to ask him to change it because i have heard some horror stories out there about being deemed an adict or a dealer i did nt ask for this accident and have never used narcotic pain meds before i dont know jow to ask or if i should just deal with the pain in my neck the bad part about the neck pain is that it causes migrain head aches and i havent had a good nites sleep sence my accident
I do hope you are seeing a pain management dr. Many times a long acting drug will be combined with something different for break through pain. Talk to your dr about this and you may want to keep a chart about your pain levels versus when you take Meds and pain level at same time every day
There is such a fine line between being a well educated patient versus seeming like you are drug seeking. Many times health care providers assume the worst because they have been burned so many times
This is where the heart to heart conversation and telling your Dr you want to work with him or her to come up with combo that works best for you
You might benefit from a muscle relaxer for your neck pain. I know that when my pain levels are severe that I tend to get very tense and clench my muscles against the pain. Logically I know this just adds to my pain, but I do it unconsciously. You may be experiencing the same trouble. Tension headaches can often be mistaken for migraine pain. You might also try applying moist heat or ice packs (whichever feels the best to you) to your neck. And be honest with your Dr. Most pain management drs will start you out conservatively on the amount of narcotics you're given. Don't expect to be pain free, but to bring your pain to a manageable level. Don't ask for any specific medicine. That sends up a red flag to the Dr. Instead just let him know that the current medicine isn't bringing your pain to a manageable level and let him decide what to do. If you feel that a muscle relaxer may be of benefit, then suggest it to your Dr and see what he thinks.
Muscle relaxers aren't controlled substances, so asking about adding one to your regimen isn't going to be a problem. Above all, be willing to go with the doctor's suggestions and give them a try. The more cooperative you are will show your Dr that you're not drug seeking, but just honestly trying to control your pain. I'm sure you signed a narcotic drug contract with your Dr. Follow it to the letter and show your Dr that you intend to be compliant. I wish you the best of luck in managing your pain.
Let the doctor know that the medication is not helping. He may try and put you on something else instead or may increase dosage. Your neck problem is nothing to play with. If not treated properly, it may be worse later down the line. The doctors always start you off with small dosage of meds. He will adjust meds as needed. It took me 7 years to get my pain under control.
I am so sorry to hear about your pain & unfortunately with this type of pain there is no "quick fix" it is a slow processes. As other members here have mentioned with Alot of pain medications it takes several weeks & sometime longer to get on the right dosage for You.
With Narcotics if the dosages are not started slowly you could have an overdose.
But it is good that you have a pain management dr. & it is VERY important to tell the dr. that you are not getting any relief from the medication & your MAIN GOAL is to get back to work asap as you have to provide for your family... That way it helps the dr. .feel more at ease that you are not just a drug seeker..
At that time he may suggest increasing your dosage or putting you on another medication. But these specialist Do not like when you go in asking for a certain narcotic by name so I would just see what he responds with.
Also has the specialist said anything about doing any type of injections to help with the pain ?
Also I world DEFINATELY ask about a muscle relaxer & explain about the pain. I have alot of issues with my neck also & my pain specialist started me on
Baclofen & this muscle relaxer is actually used for Spinal Cord injuries & works great ( it is Not a Narcotic) I have been taking it for about 10 yrs & have only increased my dosage Once & that was in the beginning.
But the BEST thing to do is be HONEST with your Pain specialist. And if you feel he is Not helping after
"giving him a chance" you may need to see another pain specialist. As there are some.specialist that do not want to work with the patient.
I wish you the best & take care & if you ever have any questions you can "add me as a friend" & we can chat that way. Take care, Kathy
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