Hey Doc! What do I do now?

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Potsie
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   Posted 7/24/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking pain killers for my back and sciatica for several months. I'm going in on Monday for a refill. The ones I've been taking are not quite strong enough. How do I ask my doctor for something stronger without looking like a 'drug seeker'?

Jim1969
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   Posted 7/24/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Tell the plain unvarnished truth.
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Potsie
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   Posted 7/24/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the advice. I should tell you that this is my family doctor. He wants me to go in and get another MRI done(I had one 2 years ago). But I told him that I really don't have time, I've got to help my hubby since he started a lot of heart problems. I've kinda been put on the back burner for now. My family doctor understands and is helping me with pain meds and an antidepressant. In the last few months, I don't know what I would've done without these drugs. I also have to be caregiver to my son. He has Crohns. My hubby is under orders to not drive, so that means I have to do all the driving. He also lost his job and is drawing unemployment. It's been crazy.

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   Posted 7/25/2010 2:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Potsie,

Sounds to me like your doctor is very understanding, and as long as you don't JUST use the pain meds for pain control and are trying other alternatives for your pain, then I don't see why your doctor would say no. If your doctor offers somethig else to try first, then take it, try it, then report back if it worked or not. But also doctors usually know that people become tolerent to pain meds and that it needs to be raised or some other medication tried, they expect it, it's part of being on this kind of medication.

If your doctor says no, then ask if he can refer you to a doctor who can treat your pain more better. Sometimes family doctors are only allowed to prescribe so much pain meds, I know if some states, it's the law that after a certain amout of naroctics mgs, they have to have a certified pain doctor prescribe stronger pain meds (I know in some states, it's like anything higher equivalent to 60mg in morphine daily), so don't get upset if they can't help you, as sometimes it's just the law, and sometimes doctors who are not experienced in narcotic pain meds want to refer people out because they don't want to endanger your life, so they are doing it for your benifet, not cause they think your a "drug seeker". Alot of family doctors are only experienced at prescribing them for short term, or at low doses for chronic pain.....


So just tell your doctor that the medication isnt helping like it was, tell them the truth. But don't throw a fit if he says no, cause then you will look like a seeker, ask for what they CAN do to help you. Living a life with chonic pain is a hard one, and it is hard when we don't want to be confused with the drug seekers, but it sounds to me like your doctor does understand, and the fact that he's already giving you pain meds means that he already trusts you, if he didn't then he wouldn't be giving you anything, so calm down and relax, things will go good.

-kitty

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Potsie
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   Posted 7/25/2010 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Hello Kitty. He gave me 90 Norco 7.5-325 tab. Take one tablet by mouth 3 times a day as needed. I've taken 3 everyday. It was supposed to last 30 days. It did. If the instructions say as needed, will I get shot down for taking them everyday?

Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 7/25/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
If your in pain daily, then maybe you need something that is long acting. If your not already, keep a diary of your pain. Write down what you can and can't do, when you took your meds, other things you tried for pain like ice/heat, stretches, ect. That way the doctor will get a good idea of where you guys need to head in the pain department, whether it's him refering you to pain specialist, or a specialist that can offer you something diffrent.

But Norco 7.5 is a pretty weak pain medication, and only taking it 3 times day means your tolerence is actually pretty low (atleast compared to most of us), so their's more then enough room for improvement.

Just let him know how your pain is effecting your life, how everyone depends on you, just be honest and open with him. I'll keep you in my thoughts that your doctor listens to you and gives you the help you need. Chronic pain is a long and bumby road, some of us go years and years before finding the help we need. Keep us posted on how your appointment goes.

-kitty

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   Posted 7/25/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Potsie, I really don't see a reason for you to be worried. Your doctor has prescribed medication for you before, you've taken it properly so there's no reason to think your doctor wouldn't help. Just tell him/her that you're finding yourself in pain now before the end of the dosage has arrived (8 hours, 12 hours, whatever) and you're not managing the breakthrough pain as well as you would like.

Ask your doctor what s/he recommends and wait for the answer- your doctor will likely either increase the dosage or add another drug to the mix.

Good luck, and I hope you feel better soon.

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Potsie
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   Posted 7/27/2010 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I chickened out. I know my doctor is helping me with the meds, even though I need to go to a speculist (sp), so I don't want to rock the boat. I was lucky that he refilled them in the first place. Maybe I'll ask next time. Thanks to everybody that gave me advice.
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