Having more pain in my right hip and. Pelvis my pelvis pain has gotten real bad.Can anyone help nor is aren't helping anymore what pain meds are the next step stronger,I'm taking 4 nor is now and they are not enough.
When you have chronic pain and you are taking meds daily, you should be on a long acting medication such as MS Contin, Oxycontin, Opana ER, Fentanyl, Exalgo, Kadian etc. Any of the long acting drugs would be good except I wouldnt try methadone unless nothing else works. Methadone, once you are on it, it is VERY hard to ever stop taking it so it should really be a last resort medication. It is amazing to me that docs are keeping people on short acting drugs when they have chronic pain issues. Short acting drugs flood the receptors and train the brain to equate the "opioid rush" with pain relief. With long acting drugs, you wont "feel" the medication because it slowly releases into the system but you feel "normal" again.
The pain will be better, you wont be fuzzy headed or drugged feeling and you wont have to pop pills every 4-6 hours, just twice a day but most docs will give you something for "breakthrough" pain or a "rescue" medication it is sometimes called. Breakthrough can happen if you do a heavy activity, for me it is a lot of walking or sweeping or mopping, heavy cleaning and sometimes end of dose failure. Not all "12 hour drugs" last 12 hours so you may need a short acting dose after 8 hours to get you to the next dose of long acting maintenance medication. Norco can be used for breakthrough. I think if you can get on a long acting dose and get the pain under control instead of trying to "chase" it all the time, you will feel much better-more like your pre-injury self. Good luck! Discuss it with your Dr, look at the web at some of the pain web sites like paintopics.org, the American Pain Foundation, American Chronic Pain Association etc and learn all you can then discuss it with your Dr, print info if you need to and take it to him. Long acting meds for chronic pain is what the medical guidelines call for.
It might not hurt to get a MRI of your hip just to make sure you don't have any torn cartilage or ligaments. I too have back pain from discs that radiates to my hip. But after my hip pain got worse I got a second opinion and found out I also had torn labrum in my hip which minor surgery helped. I also take 4 norco a day and it is not working so good after 3 years. I am going for some physical therapy now. If all else fails I too will probably start taking M S contin or some similar long acting med. A long acting med would probably help you too . Just make sure nothing else is going on with your hip first. Just my 2 cents. Best of luck to you. Chronic pain sucks
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