The reason I asked the above question is my PCP prescribed generic for Norco..because I have been having upper back pain ranging from the base of my neck down my spine to where a bra ends. When my PCP had Xrays done he found 2 fractured vertibre with no apparent reasoning why. That lead to a Bone Density Test. Which basicially said Osteopenia. Meanwhile I work in a elementary school Cafeteria and by the time I get off Im in agony. I can not quit work we need the income so I asked for something stronger so I could continue working that's when Tramadol came. I am also seeing a Pain doctor who gave me a Medial Nerve Block that lasted maybe 2 days and I have been in agony since. If the Norco is stronger why would he give me something weaker knowing I'm in alot of pain?
You didn't say how he ordered the tramadol. I would say its not as strong, but it doesnt have that drowsiness side effect either so you could be taking it at work. I have found thro 10 yrs of taking it, that you have to take 100mg, and you have to take it on a regular basis, it does not work if you take it after the pain starts. I take 100 mg every 6 hours. The maximum dose a day is 400mg. It can be addicting so don't exceed that. If your doc gives you grief on ordering it that way, tell him to call me, lol. It took me a while to get my doc educated to that fact, lol. The other thing is the DEA is really making life difficult for docs, and he won't have as much trouble with them with tramadol as with norco, because as of now it is not federally controlled.
Since the CDC "guidelines" scared Med practice attorneys into dumping all pain problems on pain clinics or prescribing 2-3 antidepressants for the sadness caused by real pain, your MD has his hands tied. Even typing this is geeking drug enforcement to digitally "see" me, because of the words I type. This is added to my personal medical data and my insurers can then use it to label me, even though I'm taking one/two Tramadol a week out of desperation for severe back, dermatitis and neck pain. Unless we ALL, who legitimately need help, protest the Feds becoming MDs and hall monitors, policing us without seeing our MRIs, etc, they will never be free to practice reasonable medicine. More and more pain patients are losing the battle with the overwhelming sadness and pain and either entering custodial care or...
I'll fight until they come for me.
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