I have many many severe chronic pain issues that keep my pain levels at 6-8 daily. I have been on the duragesic patch for 10 + years and started at the 25 mcg and now I am up to 100mcg. I have been on the 100mcg for almost 7 years and this dosage does not work to good. I have been seeing my pain doctor for 12 years and everytime I ask would it help if I went up to 125mcg he just about bites my head off. I get one 10mg oxycodine for break through pain that really is useless now. What can I do to get my doactor to up my dosage or up my break through meds. I stay at a 6-8 pain level daily. I really like the patch it helps but has really helped in the past. The last 2 years have been a kiving hell and dont wont to tick my doc off but he says no can not up the mcg dea will get me. Then he says we will figure something out when you just cant take it. He see's the level of pain I am at when I see him every 3 months. Any suggestions. He has really helpede with getting me on disabilty in the past 2 years but what do I need to do start calling and complaining daily?? or what.
I replied to your question at length but do not see it posted anywhere so I may be repeating myself.
We are both going through the exact same thing at the exact same time. I have been on the fentanyl for years and at the same dose, 100mcg, going to the same doctor that I feel loyal to because he helped me with my disability also.
I started a year ago to set out to find a new pain management doctor and have 'interviewed' 3 different doctors in that time, all that were hesitant to change my dosage so I kept searching for a new one. I finally piggy-backed with my friend at her doctor appointment with her pain management doctor by take over her appointment to discuss my history ( see profile) this doctor agreed that I needed to have a change in my dosage because of my condition and that I needed to have it upped. The catch is I do not see him until the 30th for that change so I have yet to see a new script.
I, like you, felt obligated to the same doctor but we have to look out for ourselves. No one is going to help us if we do not help ourselves. You have gone as far as you can go with this particular doctor, it is time to venture out. Good luck and keep me posted.
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