... back. My Pain Management doctor has me on 10 mg flexeral, lidocane patches, and 5mg hydrocodone 2x a day and it is not helping with the pain. I am set up for physical therapy that is at least a month + away. Is there some pain medication I can ask my Dr. for in the meantime? My condition is degenerative and is making my day-to-day functions extremely difficult--so much so my quality of life is very poor. What can you recommend for pain medication... I will be seeing the Dr. again in two days
Since your doctor is a PM specialist, he obviously knows your condition is chronic. Not likely to ever go away, he's barely treating the symptoms. Lidocaine patches may as well be thrown away as they are only good for surface pain, as well as the hydrocodone. I know the pain you are in. Your PM doc knows hydro is not good for chronic pain and long term use. The low dose is a joke! Don't ask him, TELL him you need a good sustained release medication and a stronger one for BT pain. If he gives you a good sustained release medication, you may not need the BT pain meds at all! If he refuses to budge, fire him! Get a copy of your records, a printout from the pharmacy, and find a good PM doctor! You deserve to live as pain free as possible. Feel free to print out this page and bring it with you to your visit in 2 days! People are here to support you, I didn't mean to upset you at all. I just get angry when I read stories like yours and the lack of compassion by many doctors. Be proactive in your own care. Investigate, research, and go to the doctor armed with information. It is the best weapon you have. I wish you well and you deserve to have a pain free day! If you find the courage to print out this page and bring it with you...
As you obviously know by now, your patient needs your help. I hope you can find it in your heart to assist this patient in order for her/him to at least have a semi functional life. As you know, PT takes several weeks if not months before the benefits are seen. In the meantime, as this is your specialty, please provide the relief your patient desperately needs.
Christine (unfortunate recipient of an L-1 and L-2 burst fractures and permanent nerve damage)
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