I found that in addition to methotrexate and plaquanil, norco helps a great deal... first time I felt 100%! anyway, I got the norco script from my general interist and has since run out... now am suffering flare ups and I'm afraid to call and ask for more norco. I'm afraid he'll think I'm addicted (only took 2 a day for 2 months) anyone else feel this way?
If the Norco helps with pain, perhaps you should ask your Rheumatologist for an RX for it. Chronic pain sux! And you should not have to endure it on a daily basis. If your Rheum will not prescribe it, seek out a Pain Management Doc, and you will probably be successful in getting your Norco refilled.
I have fibromyalgai and suspected RA, and I am now prescribed Cymbalta and Norco. You should NOT have to fight to have your pain levels at a managable level !!
Best wishes to you, and post again, let us know if you got your meds.
You have a perfectly good reason for wanting something to help you with your pain. I would not hesitate to ask your doctor for something. He may want you to try something new tho'. New meds are out there for RA. Enbrel comes to mind. it's an injection you take yourself at home. The drawback is the expense. If you have insurance it may have to be approved because of the espense. The cost is about $1,200 an injection which you give yourself weekly. Hope this info helps you...
once I started seeing the current physician/internist/pain specialist (went back to get extra degree to work with chronic pain management, I feel like as long as she knows what I am doing, I keep a pain log, a medication log, and once I started going to her I just made it a habit of taking the medications in so that she could see for herself, (i am aware that you need more medication to help relieve the pain, by being open with him I have always looked at it this way as long as I am open and honest I have nothing to be afraid of, he would probably look back in your chart so he can see when he last prescribed is and dong this if you have been taking that few he would not have reason to doubt you, I can understand how you feel about having to bring this up but after all that's what he is there for, I wish you the very best, please let us know how things go for you, again keep us posted
I have had Ra about the same amout of time that you have and have not had much luck controlling the pain or inflammation-I am on the prednisone,paquinal,methitrexate and remicade-with vicadin for break thru pain(I have been on the fentanyl patch for about 6 years due to severe degenerative disc disease,migraines,fibro and oa-now ra too) I will have to look into the norco I haven't heard of that--the vicodin gives me headaches if I use it too often. I have had issues with docs thinking I was a drug seeker or addictp-but When I found the right doc and followed all reccomendations without fail(such as-PT,biofeedback and relaxation tecniques,light exercise,pain management classes-I've done them all!!) I know have a good relationship with my primary doc and rheumatologist and can ask them to try new things or if I need dose increases and they will work with me.
No one should have to suffer with the severe pain these diagnosises go along with,as long as you are honest with your docs and using the meds as prescribed you shouldn't have trouble getting the pain meds you need. I found that pain management docs or rehab docs working with your rheumatologist are best to prescribe pain meds. I hope this helps-best of luck to you--kim
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