I have tried every pain med available. I hate the new oxycontin, it doesn't work. My doc refuses to give me more than 120 15 mg of oxycodone. He now wants to inject my spine, epidurally, with prednisone and put me on Fentanyl patches. What to do?
Try it. Epidurals do help some people a lot. Some get six months to a year or more relief after epidurals. Fentanyl is a good pain reliever. I liked the pain relief with them but I had trouble with them not sticking to my skin and when they did stick the adhesive gave me blisters so I had to go back to pills but I has liked how the fentanyl worked for pain. Be open to trying what your Dr suggests.
Hello Imarian... so sorry you r n so much pain. I have had success with the steroid injections. If you have not tried them, then you should. Fentanyl patches are a good relief. I have personally not ever tried any but I know they do work for others. Some people experience pruitis (itching) and most definitely constipation and urinary retention.
Something you might want to look into is some type of ablation treatment.
I am scheduled to have this procedure on Friday. It basically kills the sensory nerves causing the pain. Depending on where your pain is (sounds like all over) but the site will determine whether the ablation can be done. It is technically called an RFA--Radiofrequency Ablation. I am looking forward to having this to help with my pain issues. Due to my addiction I cannot and don't want to take opiates anymore.
So... you may want to mention these two alternative treatment modalities to your doc. It is worth mentioning. Take care and I hope u feel better...
I can't believe your question-it sounds almost like it came from me. Unfortunately, I have severe neck and back pain, and I had been taking six (6) 30 mg. Oxycodone (or Roxicodone) per day the last several years. Ironically, I started with Oxycontin, (80 mg. x 3 a day, and with Vioxx, I loved it, as it helped me with pain better then anything else I have experienced, pain began for me back in 1998. I am 67 a woman and live in S.E. Florida. My insurance would not pay for extended release (ER) and that was when I was changed over to the IR, instant release. I didn't like it and it took forever to get used to it, but now, recent changes I believe in Florida- my pain management clinic has prescribed 60 mg. Oxycontin, x 3 a day with Celebrex (I am familiar with now for many years). I cannot believe the CHANGES IN OXYCONTIN ER, it barely lasts five hours, I freeze up with pain like clock work.
It is so constipating I am scared to death I will be dead in another couple of months from severe side effects and all the other medications I have to take to compensate for all the changes in the "new" Oxycontin. I cannot believe this drug is even related to the first 80 mg. (20 mg. stronger- but many other differences as well, it just isn't even as effective as the 30 mg. "instants" I was taking for years in between. I could not tolerate Fentanyl parches, and got horrible migraines until I figured out that it was probably causing them, and other drugs over the years are equally ineffective, but do not make me so ill as this recent two week trial (so far, I have a whole month of Oxycontin and I don't think I will make it. I have become so inactive due to overwhelming uncontrolled pain, that my arthritis is getting much worse, I am loosing ankle joint rotation, my hands are almost useless, and like you, my neck and back pain, now including severe lower lumbar, is all too much to handle. What are you doing to solve these problems?
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