Thanks PAlady. Yeah I'm definitly not abusing them. It's strickly for the pain. I just have days that 2 in one day doesn't cut it for the pain. It was my first visit with a PM dr. in my life so i'm still learning all about this. She just told me to keep her informed and I plan to on my next visit. I took a copy of my MRI orders and appt card. I plan on being completely honest. I have all along with this thing. I've been telling the docs since day one my pain was lateral and have always felt the OCD was masking the real source of my pain and finally got them to look laterally and confirmed the other problem. Just too bad it took over a year for someone to really hear my complaint of "lateral pain". It's just hard getting someone to truly understand the real pain you're in, I'm finding, even though I have enough confirmation/documention of my medical problems. I just thought I heard of others on this forum running out prior to their next appt. Again, I'm new to all this and truly in pain, not an abuser simply because I was in too much pain to not take one extra a couple of days and as I said I never have nor will take more than 2 at one time. They were 6 hours apart. I have tried everything. Have had 2 scope surgery's on it in the past 8 months, ice, elevation, cortisone shot, PT, all of which does nothing for the pain.
Thanks again for responding.
Welcome....It usually takes more then one visit to get the pain meds in order...It took me several years before the Dr. finally gave me Methadone and Lortab 10 for BT pain...Now I take Oxycodone 15 mg. for the BT pain along with 120 mg. Methadone a day....Just keep telling them how your pain is...if needed, call them in between visits...That's what they are there for...
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Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 5mg. 2X in the morning
Thanks for the advice guys.
PAlady, they're 5-325. I'm not out yet and i'll still have a few days left even after my 2nd visit on thursday. Just will be a couple days short of the 30 days that the prescription says so I won't need to call them. I'll just tell her I feel I need to be allowed more than the 2 a day every so often. The more I walk or have to stand on my feet the more I hurt. Literally feels like walking on a broken ankle at times and the pain at rest is even more severe.
They didn't say anything about bringing in any unused meds so don't know if I need to. Just wondered if they do tell me to them bring them in and i'm like 2 days short of the 30 days I don't want to be shut down already. And 2 days short isn't bad IMO considering I have let myself suffer pain more than I feel I should have to but only have enough for 2 a day which doesn't allow me the occasional worse days.
Another thing and forgive me cause I'm new to this PM doctor thing. At my first visit I asked will I have another visit and she said yes in a month then after that 3 months and that's the law.
What does 3 months mean? If I get another prescription for my pain then it runs out in a month, then I have to suffer 2 more months? Is this true?
Thanks again for your responses.
First off....No, you will not be left hanging without your pain meds... Usually after you see your PM Doc the first few months they will switch you to once every 3 months....giving you 3 months of scripts, usually post-dated... I have never had to bring in "Unused meds" to an appointment. But don't hold me to that. It does take a while before u get on the right kind and amount of pain meds. so don't be too anxious about it.
Thanks so much PAlady and uniquelyme. Your responses help ALOT. I just don't know what to expect of this PM stuff. 48 yrs old and first time I've ever had chronic pain in my life.
It's just so new to me. I've had to see 2 ortho docs in the past 12 months, the first one gave up and referred me to the one in the big city and they were both understanding enough of the pain my condition causes to provide me relief for the past 9 months. The ortho I have now is the one that told me to see a PM doc. I just feel uncomfortable seeing one but have no choice with the constant pain I have.
I'm just anxious for next ortho appt in june now that they found another condition. Just praying I won't need yet more surgery on it.
OCD means Osteochondral Defect. I have a quarter sized crater 5mm deep on top of my ankle bone. Basically a chunk of my ankle bone is gone. Had 2 scope surgerys on it in past 8 months and now just found out this week I also have chronic degenerative peroneal tendonosis (wearing away of the tendons, I think) in the same ankle.