Re: Tramadol stopped working. please help!!!
Thanks for sharing more...And I'm truly not trying to judge at all by my questions...just wanting to make sure you are careful and don't do anything accidentally wrong that could get you dismissed from getting the care you need..
I would make sure you call the Dr. today if you haven't already to tell them you are out of the Percocet and just make sure you are allowed to take the Tramadol. The problem with just getting a "verbal" ok to take more...if the prescription reads take up to 4 a day...is if you meet with a different Dr. on Friday...or he/she "forgets" they told you to do this..it will come back on your shoulders..
With pain management and moving towards Schedule 2 narcotics...the rules get much, much more strict and are Dr.s and their patients are monitored by the state and the DEA.
The long acting medication I was thinking of initially would have been Ultram ER instead of the short acting ones as it is very odd they would prescribe you that type for 3 years...Especially getting up to such a high dosage of 500-600mg a day...
But now they have you on Percocet...and if you continue to need pain management then you may be moved to Oxycontin which is the exact same opiate in Percocet (Oxycodone) but without the Acetaminophen. And the Oxycontin works for 8-12 hours instead of 4-6...
But it seems like they are moving you up gradually which is good because you certainly want to try and be on the lowest amount possible.
As well as making sure the opiate is just one small way to help take down your pain level.
There is exercise, PT, injections, TENS unit, yoga/stretching, aqua therapy, acupuncture, massage, etc.
As well as muscle relaxer if needed...Or a nerve pain medication.
It's about using each one of these things in combination with the other...Not to have one thing be the only thing that works. Like the injections may help a tiny bit...acupuncture a bit...etc...
And then everything brings it down to about a 5 in pain level which is the norm for chronic pain patients...I live with a 5-7 daily depending on the activity and I do everything I listed and more every day.
I'm sorry to hear the surgery did not work...That's unfortunately the case in some people. I have had 3 cervical fusions and they were done just to keep me from getting paralyzed...not done for pain relief. As well as many other types of surgeries...It's so much different than a broken bone, wearing a cast, and then being healed...
Thankfully you only have a few days until your appt. But as I said...if you haven't called them yet...it may be wise to let them know what you are doing until you see them.