I have intercostal neuritis with a spinal cord stimulator. I started taking oxycodone about 4 years ago. Started at 5mg, a yr later 10mg, a year later 15mg. The 15 mg has barely been working for the past year but the doctor says he can't give me stronger because 15mg is the strongest I can take for my height and weight. 140 lbs 5'5". I'm in horrendous pain and can barely raise my 3 kids or do normal daily activities. Why do doctors let me just suffer? I don't understand why they won't give me something to help lessen the pain. Do they not believe me or think I'm abusing the drugs? I have an appointment with a pain management place next week so I am hoping and praying that this doctor will have mercy on me and give me something so I can live my life again.
I can only say that 15mg three times a day is a lot. I'm glad you're going to a pain clinic to get to the root of your problem. Three years ago I had a very complicated cervical spine surgery, having the three top vertebra completely replaced with donor bone. I also had decompression, instrumentation to hold my spine in place, laminectomy, etc.. It was extremely painful. I now have lower back pain which they call Facets Disease. Supposedly, it's very easy to fix, but I just don't want to go through a recovery period again, so I'm putting it off until I think I can handle it. I take 10mg oxycodone three times a day, and it works very well for me. In fact some days I only take two, and skip the night pill because when I lie down it feels better. You really need expert advice. The pain meds do not fix the problem, they only disguise it.
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