Hi I'm currently taking 6, 10 mg Percocets a day for lower back pain, I have L4L5 disc? Herniation alond with L5S1 disc buldge. I have been diagnosed with chronic degenerative disc disease. I want to try opana cause I'm tired of being in pain from when I wake up to when I got to sleep, and then some. The only thing is I don't know how to go about asking my doctor about, I don't want him thinking I'm an addic?
You're taking the maximum recommended daily amount of percocet and are still experiencing pain. Just be honest with the doctor that the percocet is not controlling the pain. Then ask him if he thinks something like Opana would work better. All he can do is say yes or no.
You might inquire about other meds for pain control including non steroidal anti inflammatories like Celebrex or medicines for nerve pain such as Lyrica. These are non narcotic and by asking about them the doc may realize you are seeking pain control not drugs for the sake of the high. Being honest with the doc is the best avenue, so let him know how you are really feeling.
Sometimes saying something like "I was talking to a friend/family member with a condition similar to mine and he takes Opana and says it works really well to control his pain. Do you think it would work for me?" or " I've been reading online about pain and medications and I read about Opana. Do you think this would be a good medication for me?" are good ways to open a discussion with your Dr. This way you are not flat out asking for it and you put the ball in his court to tell you why or why not he thinks it is a good med for you and gives him the opportunity for making the final decision. I find many times this works well to open a discussion and many times they may agree to a trial of that medication I've asked about. Tell him (or her) that the regimen you are taking now is not controlling the pain as well as you'd like. Tell him what things you are having trouble with as far as activities of daily living i.e.
Sleep, walking, standing, getting dressed, your ability to do things you want or need to do, your ability to relate to others while dealing with pain, things like this. This shows them how the pain is affecting your life and relationships with others. All good reasons to tweak your meds and maybe do a trial on something else. It is always good to supplement opioids with non-opioids too. You might discuss gabapentin or Lyrica if you struggle with a lot of nerve pain. Celebrex is an anti-inflammatory which can be helpful in chronic pain issues such as yours, Cymbalta is another drug shown to be of use in chronic pain patients too. Good Luck!
Hi there the previous answers were good.One way to bring it up is to say you have been researching longer acting pain meds online and you found one youd like to try.I take Methadone for my pain I highly recommend it.Its a wonderful effective medicine when used properly but its not for everyone.I wish you luck and hopefully you and your doc can come to agreements on a new med to help you.
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