Doc changed BT meds.....

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uniquelyme
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   Posted 12/15/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Hello to all my fellow CPer's...I hope your day is going well.  Mine is going better thanks to my new PM Dr.  I had told my old PM that my Lortab 10's had lost it's effectiveness, that was 6 months ago!!! So, today at my regular visit I saw a new Dr. that had only been there for 6 weeks.  He has been a Dr. that specializes in pain for over 20 years in the Nashville area and he was the only Dr. that did "procedures" on patients' backs.
So, I saw him today because my Doc was gone.  He came in and actually "listened" when I told him about the Lortabs not working anymore and that I was taking more and running out too soon.  Insterad of getting mad he asked me about other meds and finally wrote me for Roxicodone 15mg.  He said they didn't have Tylenol in them and they should work better.
 
So????  Does anybody take these? and what do u think about them?
 
Me.

 
 
spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1
 


skeye
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   Posted 12/15/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Me,

I'm so glad to hear you saw a new doctor who listened to you. I know how frustrating it can be to have a doctor who doesn't listen! I recently switched back to my pcp from my pm because of that.

I take both oxycontin & oxycodone. I just started the oxycodone a week ago. We still haven't found my maintenance dose of medication yet, so we are still playing around, but the oxycodone does help me somewhat. You are correct that the oxycodone (roxicodone) does not have tylenol in it, it is straight opiod, so your doctor will have more freedom adjusting your dose of it, as you don't have to worry about reaching the max amount of tylenol your body can take per day. However, it is supposed to last 4-6 hours, and I take it every 4 hours, but I find that it only lasts 3hrs. I take it, feel a little better, and then will suddenly feel worse. If I look at the clock when this happens, it is always between 2.5 and 3hrs of having taken the oxycodone. My doc ideally wanted me to take my next dose before the previous one wore off, but since I can't take it less than every 4hrs, that isn't possible for me. I've never heard of anyone else having the oxycodone only last 3hrs, so hopefully it will last longer for you. My body just tends to be very stubborn.

Good luck! I hope you get some better relief!

Skeye

uniquelyme
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   Posted 12/16/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
skeye
Thanks for the info.  I also have a very HIGH Tolerance for pain medications and in jut the first day have found the same as with you.  It lasted a little more then 3.5 hours the first time I took it, and about 3 the next time.  The Dr. said that these were much better then the Lortab 10's.
 
I have seen that a great many people here take more than 2 opiates for their pain...I take methadone total of 120mg./day along with the roxicodone 15mg. 4Xdaily for BT pain.  I really thought that when I was taking the Lortab 10 3Xdaily that I was taking alot of pain meds.  Oh well, all I want is to feel "NORMAL" AT LEAST SOME OF THE TIME...is that even possible?
 
Me.

 
 
spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1
 


kttn251977
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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Never had it- but I hope it helps. Let us know!!
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
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skeye
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Wouldn't we all love to feel normal! I'm just hoping that once we find the right dosage of the right medication I can feel half-way functional! I know what you mean about feeling like your initial pain meds were a lot. It is a scary thing to think about how much medication we need to feel somewhat better & more functional, but is better than living in constant unbearable pain. It's the stigma about pain medication that makes everything worse. I'm still afraid of the day that I will have to go to the ER or some other new doctor. I hate taking the stuff, as I think most people do, but I just need to face the fact that I need it to survive. I was barely getting by from day to day before, and although things still aren't great, at least they are a little better than when I wasn't taking anything.

Skeye
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