I have 15 herniated discs with bone spurs and several complications along with degenerative disc disease and a tumor wrapping around my mid spine, not cancerous. I have been on every pain med imaginable and have built up quite a tolerance. I am currently on 100mg of morphine sulphate 2 times a day. This works but so, so. I am building up immunity to this too. I feel I need to switch my meds back and forth because of the tolerance issue. From what I have heard, Demerol sound fantastic and I would love to try it to see if it would work for a little while. I don't know if they still prescribe for chronic pain though. I did have a shot of it while in labor, 48 hour labor!!! I remember it relaxing me between contractions but still feeling some pain.
In my humble opinion - my suggestion is to go to a "Level 3 or 4" Hospital and seek out a better Specialist / Physician or request a referral; from your post there - it appears that your present treating Doctor is just merely just "in one ear and out the other" and writes you a script to fill it up and see you in 3 or 6 months.
My advisories? Time to see another Doctor ... who will best suited to treat you more effectually and properly so you may have a quality of life and enjoy it. If he or she must (remember this is a top notched Hospital here) re-do and re-evaluate all things on their own, by all means co-operate! This means you've got a Doc now that actually listens!
Please keep in touch and good luck - if you need info as to where Level 3/4 Hospitals are - I can if the Mods would permit me - toss the link where one could find one closest to them and do their homework. Many of them are top ranking Hospitals and have branches all over such as Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins, etc...
Meperidine (or Demerol which is a brand name) should not be used for treatment of chronic pain. Meperidine should only be used in the treatment of acute episodes of moderate to severe pain. Prolonged meperidine use may increase the risk of toxicity (e.g. seizures) from the accumulation of the meperidine metabolite, normeperidine.
I used to be prescribed Demerol Shots for my chronic migraine headaches, so that I wouldn't have to go to the emergency room several times a week. Not any more. They have put a "black box" on demerol, meaning that there are very serious side effects that must be known before you give the med to a patient. Demerol being mainly seizures. Now, not only can you be prescribed demerol, but the last time I was hospitalized, (which happens to me frequently), I found out that hospitals ONLY allow demerol in ER's and recovery rooms from surgeries. You have to find something else for you pain. I understand your frustration, but you don't want to ruin your health either.
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