I was bumped up to 50's in November after 1 month of the 25. At first it was ok, but lately I am only getting relief the first day and then it's downhill from there. By the third day I am in quite a lot of pain. I will see my pain doc Jan 10th and ask him for an increase. I don't want to be on this much medication, but I am sick and tired of being in pain bad enough to keep me in bed all the time. I may ask to go to two days instead of changing every three. I don't think I will have a problem, as he is very caring and nothing else seems to work.
I will ask about the neurotin though, might be worth a try. I will do anything to get some relief. This has been almost two yrs (besides the 20 yrs of basic back problems) and I'm getting pretty much at my wits end. I have been told there aren't any other options for me other than management, so it's not like I didn't do everything else before getting to this place.
I would kindly and gently pursue the increase explaining that you would like to try it for awhile. If he feels this med is not working for you, what else does he suggest you take or do? Ask him? Be open to what he suggests, but be your own advocate also. You are the patient. If he gets bent out of shape, I would find another. Just my opinion, but it's my life and I'm the one suffering. Hope you get relief soon. Jo H.
1979: Fell from scaffold onto gymnasium floor. Decompression Laminectomy L1-L3 w/Spinal Fusion and Harrington Rods Insertion.
1992: Harrington rod breakage and dislodging. Removal and refitted with smaller hardware and re fused.
2001: Pain Again. MRI inconclusive due to hardware
2001: Discogram shows bulging and DDD at L4-S1 due to domino effect
2002 Feb: 10 hr. surgery. 360 fusion and hardware extended with "connector" to S1. 3 Titanium cages placed anteriorally. Fused from L1-S1.
2002 Sept: Pain worse than before surgery.
2002 Oct: EMG shows damage to L5 and S1
2002 Oct: CT Myelogram shows clustering at the nerve root endings of L1-L2. Scar tissue causing mild arachnoiditis.
"We can't find anything "PRONOUNCED"
2002 Dec: "What To Do or What Not To Do?" That is the question.
Duragesic Patch 50 mg
Morphine Sulf 15mg for bt pain
Nitrofurantoin for UTI prevention
Believing God will heal me!