i take 60 mgs of morphine and 4omgs of percs for breakthrough pain and it not working. I have one seriously screwed disc in my neck and two more on the way out, not to forget lower back degeneration, i've been hinting but i need to just ask. i need to be able to function for my kids, pls any suggestion would be great.
State the facts, but be cautious in stating that your current meds do "nothing". I've seen doctors take away the current meds completely for why take something that isn't helping "at all". Note how long you have been at this dose and physical things you were able to do before but are not able to do now. Some find it best not to ask for a particular medication (they say it is sign of addiction) I feel if you present reasons you have researched and found it acceptable, then docs accept it and mst likely will prescribe it. Just have your facts straight and be sure in your head that you are using the medications responsibly, then present your case. There is no way for the doctor to know how you are feeling until you tell him. Best wishes -
Eliza Jane makes a lot of really good points. I've found a way to present asking about a certain drug without coming right out and asking for it. I will present it as "My friend (brother, sister, cousin-whatever) takes a medication called Opana for a similar condition to mine and they told me it works really well for them. Do you think it might work for my case in place of my Morphine?" This presents the option for them to make the decision of whether or not to try it or to explain why they think it is not a good option for you if they choose not to try it. As Eliza Jane states, you should present to them the ADL's (Activities of Daily Living) you are unable to do that you would like to or that you used to do. Sometimes a rotation of meds is a good thing. It reduces tolerance by instead of going to a higher dose, you alternate to an equivelent dose of a different med.
maybe this is like Dzoobaby and others have stated you can go to the visit and just express to the doctor that you are not able to function doing the things that make a difference in your life such as interact with your children lives and activities, and maybe it would be possible for you to ask him/her I have heard of a drug called Opana (or know of a friend who has had good results with this medication, I wonder if you would be willing to try me on this and see if I can't get better control not only with the activities within my life but to be able to obtain adequate pain relief?
You see I can suggest this to you or would have no problem posing the question because last winter I caught a fall (after having a history of Polio and neuromuscular problems) I fell on Ice, I was in so much pain I had been on Dilaudid, MS Contin and many others the doctor found that this fall had broken vertebraes and wrenched a disc in myneck/back, Dilaudid is a short acting drug, Opana comes in short acting drug and IT also comes in a Long acting drug, I now take 40mg every 8 hours, (some people are able to go 12 hours) I take Norco 10/325 for breakthrough pain, back then it was the only thing that brought about any relief, I believe the extended release comes in 5mg. 7.5mg. 10mg. 15mg. 20mg. 30mg. 40mg. You need to be dosed according to the medicine you are on now, He should know what it will take to give you the better relief according to what you take now, and give according to the dose that will give you better pain control. Once you don't have adequate pain control it has effects in many areas of your life, I have tried to just list a few ways in which you might use to get you comfortable in talking to him concerning making a change, the very fact that you are not longer maintained on your current medications is a good reason to me to make a request like this, just calmly ask him if this is a feasable request, and also ask him if he'd be up for you trying this? It is my sincere hope that your appointment goes well and that the doctor makes appropriate changes that will make your life have the ability for you to function with ease, better quality of life and so forth. please keep us posted, above all you have nothing to be nervous about you have unmet needs and need help in making things better once again I wish you only the very best. Caringsonbj (Billy)
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