My pain mgmt doc says hydrocode is enough. Sometimes 6 per day, mostely 4 per day, tried morphine(yuck). Anybody know about OxyContin? And does it work?? And what about the pain patch, I think my opioid levels can handle strong Meds, but what kind would be suggestions??
Not only the acetaminophen (Tylenol) being bad for you, immediate release medications like hydrocodone are not good for treating chronic pain. They flood the receptors with a rush of pain meds and conditions people to equate this rush of euphoric feeling to pain relief. Long acting drugs like Oxycontin, MSContin, and Fentanyl transdermal (patches) work much better because they dont flood the receptors-the medication is released slowly and once you have taken it a few days, you keep a blood level of the drug so you dont "chase" the pain. You will get good continuous relief. Unfortunately, Oxycontin has gotten a bad rap in the media and a lot of Drs are afraid to prescribe it now especially with all the DEA oversight of late. Drs are afraid of being sited by the DEA as overprescribers of strong opioids. It is unfortunate because people are not getting access to medications that can really help them and when taken properly are as safe as any opioid can be. They ALL can be addictive if one is not careful. Hydrocodone is no less addictive than Schedule II medications.
I strongly agree with kaismama and DzooBaby. I have been on both. I was on the Fentanyl patch for a long while, but got tired of taping it, because it was determined to not stick to my skin. But I want to make it very well known, that this doesnt happen to everyone. I'm just explaining why I'm no longer on it. I have went through several pain meds, trying to find something strong enough for pain. My doctor would start me on something really good, but at a low dose to start out with. People say to tough it out until he ups the dose. Well, I tried to do that with a couple of them and flat out couldn't handle the pain. No toughing out for me, with what I felt. I took Nucynta ER, and it worked great, but gave me unbarable headaches. Opana ER worked ok, but didn't last the 12 hours, and dr. wouldn't give it three times a day until just recently, but my insurance wouldn't pay for it, even though my Dr.
wrote a thorough explanation to the prior authorization as to why I absolutely needed it. DzooBaby is very correct. A lot of doctors wont write Oxycontin because of the rap and DEA. Well, I had taken Oxycontin in the past for a month, and omg, it worked soo good. When I first started having pain was in 2005, and it has progressed rapidly to severe chronic pain. Because of the bad rap, my Hussband said he trusted my Pain Dr. and I could take anything but Oxycontin. I argued and argued with him, and No. Well, after this past year of trying this and that, and our insurance changing, and him watching me go through the pain himself, he told me on the way to the Dr. one day about five months ago, that I could take it. He wasn't crazy about it, but if it would help me better than what I had been going through, then ok. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones, for now, but my Dr. did prescribe Oxycontin and it has made a world of difference in everything. I get the pain relief I need. Now I'm here to tell ya, I still have pain, I'm not one hundred percent pain free, but I can do more than I have in a long time. I would talk to my Dr. about both of them and get his take on it, and what he wants to do, as their both good for long term chronic pain. I sincerely hope things get better for you. Chronic pain is definitly something Noone understands. When someone says... just try to deal with it, they might as well tell you to kiss a frog and turn him into a prince. lol. Best of luck to you. Your Friend, Ruthie
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