allan, there is another type of med called: bromazapam(marketed under the name lexotam, lectopam? in australia?) it's a benzo type of drug but what is "good" about it is that it binds to the gaba receptor, ie, I believe it will help your pain and has SKELETAL RELAXANT PROPERTIES(so that will help your pain and will help you sleep soundly).
It said there it's for anxiety also, it's all right. we all here suffer from chronic pain and not anxiety, enough with all those doctors telling us what we have. But I really believe you should give this med a try.
I think you should try everything before you use ms contin. I'm not sure, but that's what I think. got to run now. go and ask your doctor perhaps you can add this to all the medication I told you to take before. good day.
so glad your surgeon's appointment is on Friday, I'll be thinking of you.
I think you probably do need a nerve med and the good thing about something like neurontin is that it potentiates your narcotics - meaning that it makes them a bit stronger. I'd be careful about throwing a whole lot of benzo ideas at her though because of our laws changing in Aus and the Benzo thing. The benzo I take (and the government is ok with this) is clonazapam and it's been really helpful, if you think you need one, this is the one I'd ask about. It's a muscle relaxant that helps you sleep.
Are you going to ask her to up the OC? 10mg is so low. I'd perhaps say something like, I'm in soooo much pain compared to when I was on Fentanyl (as a reminder that you were taking a much stronger med) and I can't do anything. Remind her that you need to keep active to keep your pain under control. I've got a meet with my PM tomorrow so I know how you feel.
I really hope you get some answers on Friday but I'd really like to see you stabilised on OC as soon as possible (or MS Contin but as she has you on OC, I wouldn't be asking for a change) and a good nerve med. You've been through so much. Please keep in touch,
I am out of Oxycontin now so I have to see the doc in the morning. I might just ask about Neurontin as I have to get her to up the oxy, get a script for endone and I am also out of Valium. So I don't want to ask for too much at once, as this will be a challenge as it is.
Seeing the Surgeon on Friday morning so I have to drive into Brisbane city in peak hour and that is daunting for me. I have a hand held GPS so it will be with me to give me directions. Just nervous about traffic, driving, pain and how to talk to the doctor so it will be a challenging morning and I will probably suffer for it later that arvo. I will be stressed so the pain will be up, but that is probably good for when I see him, as I really will be in extra pain. He might see some of how I am effected.
I have my old MRI, my new MRI, some notes I have been taking down. And a list of med's I have tried, and what I take now.
I have had pretty good results on Nucynta. My pharmacist described it as part Cymbalta-like and part "super-charged Tramadol". It has helped me, while plain old Tramadol did not do a thing for the pain I have. I don't know if this is available yet where you live, but I get the sense that, at least my PM doctor is more willing to give it than a standard opiod, like Morphone or Oxycotin. Will it be a fantastic drug for the severity of your pain? I doubt it. Will it be better than Tramadol? I would think so. Best of luck to you. Lisa.
My doctor Gave me 40mg Oxycontin and the endone and Valium I was out of. She said that I would have to ask my specialist to get Neurontin or similar. So I will have to wait until next week. The oxycontin should actually give me some relief from pain so I am very happy about that,
I am off to the surgeon tomorrow so I will start a new thread when I get home and fill in all my friends here on how things go.
Again I thank you all. Allan
Good luck, Allan, I hope it goes well for you. I'm so glad she upped your OC - you should definitely notice some relief from the 40mgs. Did she just give you the standard 20 Endone? Well, if she did, hopefully you won't be needing them so much now that you've upped your OC to 80mg per day.
Wishing you the best of luck - try not to stress the driving, it tends to make the pain worse. I'm seeing my PM in an hour and having a really bad day - I haven't even had a shower yet and it's 315pm. Just one of those days, I guess.