Hello all! I am a chronic back pain patient and I don't know what to do. I have minor arthritis and very small bulging discs in my thoracic area. I've been on norco for 4-5 yrs. I just recently upped my dose to 10/325 4-6x daily. At this time I'm still having significant pain at that dose. I end up taking approximately 8 tablets and then I'm okay. I'm now early for my rx and I don't know what to say, is it all in my head? I know I have soft tissue pain as well. I'm just so frustrated.
If you feel pain its very real. Do you see a pain doc? If you have a pain contract you may have a problem. If you're taking that much you need to tell your dr it isn't working. You probably need to get on an extended release med. They work better for chronic pain then immediately release meds.
Fist off is to tell your Dr. up front that the Norco isn't working for you and that you've been taking more than instructed. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it's better than losing your Doctor. He/She may possibly prescribe something else.
Aside from having become dependent on or addicted to these, you are risking serious damage to your Liver (and life) from all the Acetaminophen you are ingesting, The only help you can hope for on a site such as this is advice that will help YOU, and YOUR back with YOUR Doctor.
I do not want to spew out the "Honesty is the best Policy" bit here, however, with the failure of the DEA to control or stop prescription drug abuse (patients selling all or part of their prescriptions on the street, they are putting more and more pressure on the Doctors that write the scripts, again, you will be for quite the shock if when you try to find another Doctor who will replicate what this Doctor has been prescribing (they call us Doctor Shoppers). The war on drugs is hurting us chronic pain patients.
So, there it is. I hope this helps.
Make an appointment, fess up and ask for alternatives before you get yourself into a deeper hole.
Best to you,
A pain Dr is basically like a primary care physician and may even be the one you currently have now. All you will do is sign a contract stating you will see no other dr's get narcotic prescriptions from no other dr' even less attempt to try get'n narcotics from any'1 or anywhere else in a medical field. You must be 100% honest with ur pain management dr so he/she will never have a reason to terminate the contract between you and them.
Hi everyone! Thank you for your advice! I was honest with my doc and she was understanding and we discussed options. She gave me an early refill and we established a plan of action! Honestly is the best policy, I have just had bad experiences with Dr.s treating you like a drug seeker.
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