For four years. Ive had three epidural steroid injections that did help for a while. I was ok with norco 10/325 at 2x a day for a while. Since then I have gone to 4x a day and it is barely keeping my pain in check. I know I'm close to the max daily for the norco. I would like to know where it is/ needs to go next. I'd like to hear from someone who has been in a similar situation, and what worked for them. Any info would be appreciated
Having lived with chronic pain for many years, I would say the next step up from the Norco is Percocet which is oxycodone with acetominophen. It is still a short acting med having to take every 4 to 6 hours. You could also ask about a longer acting med such as Oxycontin (oxycodone with out the acetominophen) extended release or Avinza which is extended release morphine. With an extended release medicine you would be able to take twice a day and only take the Norco is needed for break through pain.
Just me experience,
I can relate to different meds scaring you, especially Percs or Oxy. I actually was started out on Percs and after 2 or 3 months I started to get cravings for it. I went to my doc and told him and he quickly switched me to Vics which is the same opiate as Norco. I was fine for 2 years and then needed a dose increase. The doc wouldn't do it, and then me, rather than finding a new doc, took matters into my own hands. That was 8 years ago. Now I take Buprenorphine, but I don't recommend it for you, at 30 yrs old. Instead I recommend the Fentanyl patch. I tried the Fentanyl patch a year ago, but I had a problem with it. By the time I reached the 3rd patch my skin wasn't absorbing the Fentanyl. I was using the Mylan patch. The 1 benefit of the Mylan patch is they can be cut to the size you want. They are the only ones that can be cut. But I stopped absorbing the drug. I could have tried other brands. Chances are 1 of them would have worked. But I was scared my doc would get disgusted with me, so I switched back to pills. That turned out to not be such a good idea neither. Chronic pain is just not an easy problem to deal with. One advantage to the Fentanyl patch is you really don't feel the drug as an opiate. There is no buzz or dope type of high. This is what people who have great success with it say. And there are many people who do have great success with it. So since you don't feel the opiate, there are no cravings with it. I have known people who have used it for up to 5 years and are very happy with it. And the man I'm thinking of uses the Mylan patch. He swears by the Mylan Fentanyl patch. He says it allowed him to continue working in his career and he never could have accomplished all the things he has, without the Mylan Fentanyl patch. But it didn't work for me. If your docs will allow it, I think you should try the patch.
While I'm talking about patches, have they given you the Lidoderm patches? The Lidoderm patches are a local anesthetic, and I use them for my lower back pains. I too have degenerative disc disease. I also have stenosis and a few other spinal issues I can't recall. I'm fine if I sit or lay in bed at home. But to be active I love the Lidoderm patches. Ask about them. The drug doesn't go through your whole body, so they're pretty safe. They just work in the area you place them. The pain numbing spreads to several inches from where you place them. They also can be cut to the shape and size you need.
I hope this helped.
- Norco Information for Consumers
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