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Pain Management board

Hi everyone,

I have posted here before and I appreciate all of the support. I currently take vicodin 7.5 mg twice a day and dilaudid 4 mg twice a day for lower back pain and arthritis in my hip and knee. The pain is caused by herniated discs, Osteoarthritis,ect... I also take amitriptyline 10mg before bed. (spelling??).
My previous family prac doc retired and I see a new doctor. He is very nice and compassionate. We spoke today about switching my short acting pain meds for long acting meds. We will decide when I see him in early February. He mentioned either MS Contin, Fentanyl patch, or methodone. I don't like the idea of methodone because of the stigma attached. I know that it used for pain but people are sometime ignorant. In your experience which do you think might be best, MS Contin or the patch. I think that his idea of long acting pain relief is smart and I will do whatever the doc thinks is best. It is kind of scary to switch.

Thank you and I hope everyone has a happy holiday season.