Hi Great Grandma and welcome to Healing Well. I am so glad you found us but hate to hear of the problems you are having with pain too. At least here on this forum you are in good company.
Like the others that have come on board you just have to be honest with dr and let her know your pain is not being covered with your current medications. I know most pain mgt drs like to start us patients out on a low dose of something and then work up from there. But, unless you are upfront you will not get the care you deserve or need. we all know very well the stigmas attached to pain medications, yes it is a hard road to walk at times. The good news for you is you have won half the battle by liking your dr and being comfortable with her. I have been very lucky in this area too.
I am not sure if your dr had you sign what is called a Contract that sets out the rules of her practice or not. But, pain mgt drs like to be the one in control of rxing your pain medications to you. Even when I have had dental work done I asked my pain mgt dr if the medication I was on would handle any potential pain from the dental work. Others have done the same when having surgery. Its pretty much using 1 dr for pain meds, 1 pharmacy to get meds filled at, random UA tests, not giving your medication to another person, not accepting pain medication from another person, such as friend or relative, taking meds exactly as prescribed and not taking more than what is rx'd, I think you get the picture.
I do not know if you have an appt coming up real soon or not with your pain mgt dr. If not, perhaps you need to call and get an earlier appt set since you are not doing well. No point in letting yourself be in pain if you can get it changed. There are so many different pain meds out there available to us, hopefully you can get one that will improve your situation. Its all done by trial and error till you hit on the right one.
Take care and let us know how you are coming along.
I have been suffering from Chronic Pain for many years..I have been seeing the same Pain Dr.'s for almost 5 of them and I still get scared to ask for pain meds too. Its only natural. People have made us feel like "Junkies" for having to take pain meds.
As far as the BT meds....Most of us take what we call "Long-term" pain killers and then take something called "Breakthrough" pain killers to take the edge off...I take Methadone for the LT pain which is good but doesn't last for the full 24 hours so I take Oxycodone 30 mg. 4 times a day to help with that. That's why they are called BT meds....
Don't be afraid to talk to your Dr. about needing something that works better. Pain is not something we want... So, tell your Dr. that the meds just aren't working and she will more then likely give you something better....
Good Luck...and Welcome to the family.
I hate Boats!!!!
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 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Grandma so glad you were able to post back to us. Oh, forgot to tell you, I am a grandma too and just love it. I have a 4 yr old grandson.
I hope you hear from your dr soon to see what she can do for you in terms of relief.
Oh yes, many of us have been told that line before its all in your head. I am not allowed to write here what I told that dr. He!He!
Pleae let us know what your dr tells you. Feel better soon.