... take things for breakthrough pain and tells me to just put up with the pain which I can't seem to do.
You have quite a bit of options. I'm sorry you even have breakthrough pain. Usually what I do with my patients is start on something "mild" like Norco 10/325 and then assess the situation in a week or two to see if it's working and if not then we can go up to percocet 5 or 10mg which usually does the trick. If you're that miserable then you could do a low dose 5mg of Oxycodone. Try going into the office and tell him to either up your dose of the Contin or give you a BTM. If you are still having to deal with this issue then you may want to get a second opinion but be prepared with your medical records for the new doctor to see.
There are many options for you, as someone stated above. Non-narcotics, such as prescription 'Aleve'... which actually works really well at times, or narcotics, such as Vicodin/Lortab's. Are you in chronic pain for whatever reasons? Do you see a Primary Care Dr for your Oxycodone? If so, I would ask him for a referral to a Pain Management Dr, as they are trained in, well, managing pain. You'll have to be very honest with them, and walk the straight and narrow, but it's worth it, in order to get full pain relief. Just make sure that you've tried all the non-narcotic solutions you can, before asking for more. When I saw my Pain Management dr the 1st time (after he had already done a 'background check' to take me on), I had tried all that I could. Heat, yoga, weight-loss, Aleve, stretching, cold, electrical stimulators, plus a million more.
I had found a few things that helped, and stuck with them, but knew I needed help. My doc was impressed with the fact that I had tried everything I could, and actually said, "I wish that 1/2 my patients were as motivated as you are". If they know that, (honestly) you have tried all you can, they will be more open to finding a solution that may include more meds.
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