... breakthrough.i've been@this dose for over a yr and it isn't working well anymore.i have a pain mgmt dr.i like very much,but 6 months ago they had me start seeing his assistant.she treats me like a drug addict,i've been frank and told her i've taken extra meds due to the pain,and she'll just say thats not allowed.i've asked her to change or up my meds she tells me i don't need more that i'm becoming @ "addict".she won't let me talk to my pain dr.;that i don't need to see him.it's getting worse,she has given me drug tests 3x out of the blue, .i knowthey have the right but she told me it was being done while i was in the waiting room w/ 8 other people who overheard,and the nurse handed me the specimen cup and gave me instructions in the waiting room as well.(i passed all 3 just fine)what should i do?the pain is keeping me from living a normal life,and i'm embarrassed to be seen in the office,please tell me what i should do!
I have severe spinal stenosis,been on 60mg morphine(ext.release)3x day w/5mg hydrocodone for?
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sorry to ramble so long,but i've never had anyone i could talk to about this,the hydrocodone really does nothing,and the morphine still makes me sleepy after all this time,should i ask about getting dilaudid?and what would my current drugs convert to in dilaudid?i WON'T use those patches,i was thrown from a horse 7 yrs ago and fractured my pelvis and broke 3 ribs,the surgeon first gave me percocet 10 mgs'and even 2x didnt touch the pain, so he put me on 50 mcg fentanyl patches.the high was great the pain was gone,but within 2 wks i was up to 100 mcg.he put me back on the pills after 6 wks,the withdrawal symptoms were awful and i did not use more than prescribed!anyone else have this problem w/ patches?and thank all of you for being so quick to welcome me and help me out.it's been so hard keeping this bottled up,too.thank you
I feel for you because I have a spine injury too. I had C-1 to C-2 fussion that failed the first time & had to have a second operation to try to fix the first one. I have a very good doctor who is my primary care provider & also prescribes my pain meds. I also was on 60mg M.S Contin 3x a day until that wasn't working well anymore so I switched to 2 100mg M.S Contin a day(I forgot to mention I also get Dilaudid 8mg for break through pain) my doctor is very flexable on me switching and trying different combinations. I was with a different Heath care organisation and was treated the same way you are being treated( like a drug seeking drug addict).
It was awfull!! I hated going to the doctor! The doctor who did the operation would not pay any attention to me when I told him something was wrong with my neck which as soon as I was able to switch health care providers the doctor told me that the bone around the original screw that was put in during the first fussion had deteriated and was in worse shape than before I had the operation & if I would have fell,crashed my bike or anything I could have been paralized from the neck down at best,I'd probably be dead. I would have sued him for malpractice but the statue of limitations is very short & had ran out. Anyway I also had an infection in the two vertabrae that he operated on. I had to have four screws put in my neck to fix what the other surgeon screwed up,I had to have a pic line put in and have this machine that gave me constant infussions of antibioticts for two months & there still not sure if vertabrae are going to fuse or not. I decided that the Dilaudid (the short acting pain killers) worked the best & I had my doctor do the conversion from the 2 100mg morphine E.R to all dilaudid so now I'm on 8 8mg Dilaudid a day,which is alot of meds,but I get no slack from her. I just call the office every month request a new prescription,go pick up the hard copy ( I'm sure you know schedule 2 drugs can't be called in) drop it off and that's that for the month,which is the way it should be but to many people abuse there med's & doctors are afraid to write strong narcoticts,even if that's what is needed to control your pain. My doctor knows i'm physicaly addicted to Dilaudid,there's no way I couldn't be,but being addicted and abusing meds are two different things. I hope you can find a way to be treated better but if you can't with the HMO you have now you might want to do what I did & just switch providers if you think you might be treated better. Sorry to ramble on it's just your case is so similar to mine I just felt I had to say so. Good luck. J.
i know how you feel nothing worse than been treated like you are a addict when you are in pain but you need to tell her/ him ther is a diffence in been dependent on meds because you are in pain and been a addict . they should tell you in private that you need to give a urine sample . i would get a second opinon and ask if you can switch drs because you are not comftable with the teatment you are getting . ck out the yahoo groups for cronic pain they have alot of advice on the teatment that dr give some drs are rude and that is not right . we do have rights even if we do have to take pain meds . we did not ask to be in cronic pain .
Hi. One reason I enjoy this site is that it helps me feel not so alone. I also have severe spinal stenosis myself. I'm taking fentanyl 25 mcg a 72 hours patch. Its only been about a month with my Pain management dr and already I feel its not helping me anymore. The office staff suck. They r rude everytime I call. I just put on my kindest face n pray. Lol. I think A LOT of us deal with this same thing. I don't know what u shoud do but I hope I helped u know ur not alone. Marla.
I don't know what makes me madder. The fact that they get us addicted to this pain medicine or the fact that after they do they call us addicts. Gee you think? I believe what Dave says, if you take you pain meds as precsribed you should not have a problem. But if you get a doctor that thinks that all you want is narcotics, because you need them, and he/she has got you hooked, what do you do? I am really confused. I know there are people out there who ruin it for us that really need it, but come on, if you have been going to the same doctor for 13yrs they really should not question you... kimmie1
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