Have severe. Back, hip, leg,shoulder, neck and pain in my arms. All steming from nearly all of my spinal discs being herniated. It's been 13 yrs and not a single day without pain.
If your pain pills are opioids (or "narcotics") then you have likely become tolerant of your dose. There are a few ways to approach this. It is a normal and expected part of taking opioid pain relievers, tolerance. It doesnt mean you are "addicted" . The Dr can either raise your dose to see if that helps or he might rotate you to a different type of opioid. Just because one is tolerant to one opioid may not mean he is tolerant to another. For example, if you have been on say, oxycodone for a number of years, you get tolerant to the dose, but switching to an equivalent dose of morphine (in some cases even less than equivalent dose) may work wonders for you. If not morphine then maybe one of the other opioids out there. You need to have a frank discussion with your doc. Dont demand another drug, just tell him that you have been on such and such dose for however long and tell him it is just not cutting it as it used to and see what he says.
Ask if it is possible that another pain medication may work better for you (dont name any medications though, let your Dr pick) If you have tried others that dont work, be sure to let him know. Good luck!
I have back problems and I am in pain every day too..Dzoobaby is right.You have to change your meds up and up your dosage sometimes because you build up a tolerance. Just keep trying different things. I am doing another round of physical therapy. My brother is having good results with acupuncture although it is expensive. This is a great support site. It has really helped me because being in pain everyday is just depressing. Praying for you.
Every response is correct. You have to raise you meds. What's helped me the most is being on a long acting strong med and a short acting on for break through pain. Caudal epiderals also help. Also find a good chiropractor. I never believed in them before but they help tremendously. Good luck!!
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