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Old 01-13-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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switch up med for chronic back pain , lumbar fusion

I've been taking the same meds for chronic back pain post lumbar fustion for 3 years. They arent doing much anymore. I asked my doctor if we could switch them up. She said no and wont increase them. I'm on Tramadol, hydrocodone and a muscle relaxant. I'm going to a new orthopedist this week for results of a new MRI. Any suggestion about the meds??

 
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Re: switch up med for chronic back pain , lumbar fusion

If after new MRI, PM Dr. won't be flexible, start looking for a new PM. It is reasonable to need some mix or strength change after three years. Be nice and not combative with current PM. You don't want to give her any excuse to drop you before you are ready to drop her. If she is your PCP, you can ask her to refer you to a PM doctor.

 
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Re: switch up med for chronic back pain , lumbar fusion

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If after new MRI, PM Dr. won't be flexible, start looking for a new PM. It is reasonable to need some mix or strength change after three years. Be nice and not combative with current PM. You don't want to give her any excuse to drop you before you are ready to drop her. If she is your PCP, you can ask her to refer you to a PM doctor.
I was to pain management Dr. He did the shots and wanted to inplant a spinal cord stimulator. The pain med Rx's are from primary care carried over from spine surgeon. The new MRI is with a new Orthopedist at a practice that is considered to be the best of the best. He may or may not change the meds. Thanks for your input.

 
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