I am suffering from Cervical DDD, Lumbar Spondylosis, Spinal Stenosis, Nerve Pain and Fibromyalgia.I am not receiving much pain relief from one percocet every 12 hrs. I do not know what to make of this Dr. he also made me sign a contract stating that I would not seek pain medication from any other doctor. He was very reluctant to prescribe any pain meds. at all. He is more interested in burning nerve endings etc. He stated pain meds. are not the answer he wants to get to the problem causing my pain. He injected my SI joints I did not get much relief after the injection. My pain level is still around an 8 or 9. I am so confused I would like your suggestions.
Sorry to hear you are still in so much pain. I checked the dosage chart for percocet 7.5/325 and this is what I found:
Percocet 7.5 mg/325 mg; Percocet 10 mg/325 mg
The usual adult dosage is one tablet every 6 hours as needed for pain. The total daily dose of acetaminophen should not exceed 4 grams.
Strength Maximal Daily Dose
Percocet 2.5 mg/325 mg 12 Tablets
Percocet 5 mg/325 mg 12 Tablets
Percocet 7.5 mg/325 mg 8 Tablets
Percocet 7.5 mg/500 mg 8 Tablets
Percocet 10 mg/325 mg 6 Tablets
Percocet 10 mg/650 mg 6 Tablets
So technically you can take more, BUT the problem is you will run out before you are allowed to get more from the doctor. You can't just stop aburptly taking this medication. So don't leave your self empty handed at the end of the prescription period.
Maybe you can talk to your doctor and tell him you are not getting pain relief from the percocet and ask if he will prescribe it every 6 hours.
Maybe the doctor has a good point about treating the real problem not just the symptoms. Long term opiate use can be addictive and very difficult to overcome for some.
Just my thoughts and I wish you the best,
I personally would get a second opinion. If you have a stenosis, it should require surgery, unless this is not the way you want to go. Have you seen a neuro surgeon? The fibromyalgia cannot have all the nerve endings burned away either. These are trigger points & you have them all over your body from your head to your toes & everywhere in between. I would imagine he is trying to inject with a mixture of lidocain, & cortisone. Usually if a doctor is injecting the spine. After 3 injections if there is no relief they shouldn't do more.
We have many of the same health problems that cause pain. My dr was liberal with the pain meds... now I am so depressed from them I am facing withdrawal. My advice is to take as little as possible to get by. I don't know how to live with chronic pain. It seems to be impossible for me right now. good luck, mg
Your doctor is right, up to a point. I understand you're in severe pain, but narcotics are not the answer. They are good for shortterm relief of shortterm pain.. in other words, pain that will eventually go away after healing. Unfortunately, we have something that doesn't usually repair itself. Trust me... you don't want to be on addictive painkillers for the longterm. I have been through withdrawal from opiates and it is VERY unpleasant and difficult. I have cervical spondylosis. It is awful. But I refuse to get back on the narcotics cycle. I want an answer that really addresses the PROBLEM ... not just the symptom of pain.
Get an enema bag and take an enema every day for 1 week and see how good you feel afterwards..you might be able to throw all your medications out... afterwards but at least you will be able relieve your pain at will by sitting on the toilet and getting rid off all tne chit that caused it... [smile]
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