I am now going to a pain management clinic instead of my surgeon for pain relief I had spinal fusion on all most my entire spine... inserted 2 rods the length of my spine and 14 screws back in may was because of a disease called kyphosis well they shaved off each disx in my spine. I also have a herniated disc in my very low back with a pinched nerve... well I was taking norco 10/325 for the pain around 6 pills a day he switched me from that to Ms contin 30 mg twice a day with no break through pain meds it does not seem to work at all? I am not getting withdrawal or anything but the pain is there and is not going away I took it thought maybe after a few hours it would kick in seeing it is time released medication well... it didnt and I did not get any sleep last night and woke up this morning and severe pain and hardly could get out of bed. should I just give it a few days and see if adjust in my system? or is there a diffrent reason why it is not working? any and all help would be great
Hi there soulreaper. Sorry to hear about so much pain! It troubles me when I hear about poor pain control. Especially when it's regarding the spine, which I know all too well. You are on the 2nd lowest dose of MS Contin, there may be a 10 mg, but I believe it starts at 20mg and goes up to 200mg. I may be wrong on that but you are not on a very good dose at all in light of your condition. And you're absolutely right, most docs do prescribe a bt med for people living with this type of chronic pain. Your doc should not have switched you, he should have added the morphine to what you were already taking. The norco's are not really meant for long term pain, it's more of a bt med. I hear about so many people, including very dear friends of mine, taking this medication for years and years.
I'm not sure if you knew about the burst fractures I had repaired? Anyway, if you don't mind, I'll send you a PM and tell you what was prescribed for me. I hope you can get better relief soon. I know how you feel and you deserve to live as pain free as possible.
My best wishes,
I posted this to your other question.
I am familiar w/your pain,just had 3 weeks ago a posterior cervical spinal fusion and decompression w 2 rods 10 screws etc... in a hard neck brace, this is my 3rd surgery in 18 months... first had a 4 level ACDF, on the fron c3-c7, all discs out replaced with cages, graphs plates, screws the hole gammit, then couple months later a lumbar laminectomy & fusion 2 level with rods and screws, now this last surgery as the first ACDF on the front on my neck failed to fuse. Even though my back did fuse, I am in continual pain from morning to night, gets worse as day goes on. Better than I was before the back surgery, could barely walk then, now I can walk, but takes a toll on e as day goes on. I can not do same exact things I did before, I notice on a daily basis. For pain, I have tried over past 3 years many different common types, vicodin, vicodin es, norco, percacet, all types of muscle relaxers, I thin the typical ones.
Nothing ever cuts my pain away very well at all, in fact if I try something and it doesn't really do anything after about a couple weeks I just have stopped them as to not get addicted etc. But, this last surgery and I am still recovering, (since I do have a high tollerance for pain in general ,like what I deal with on a regular basis some of my friends could never, cause you know, sometimes you look "better" than you feel, they don't see the moaning and crying at home later in the day or when I'm alone in the car or something)..and because the typical pain meds don't work well for me, when I left the hospital they gave me 15 mg (lowest dose) of Ms Contin 3 x day and it has worked pretty good for me; they have me take a valium for spasms here and there too. When I was in the hospital and re-hab center two weeks after though, I was on the MS Contin and Percocet, but my surgeon didn't want me on all that cause I take neurontin for a totally different condition (a psuedotumor in my head area that causes me huge head pain) and they also had me on another muscle relaxer in hospital that he took me off of, I was on a lot of meds and he thinned them out once I left hospital. You know, the best thing that works for me to be honest sometimes, is just using a heating pad on my back. Like now, siting in the chair typing this, oh my back killed bad this morning and I even feel it through the MS Contin dose I'm on right now, so I am using a heating pad behind my back. Heat seems to work wonders and just about every night a use a heating pad for a while too... it's really been the best immediate pain killer (masker)for me. Take care.
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