upping medications

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   Posted 12/17/2007 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Knowing that I am going to be on narcotics for the remainder of my life, and I'm only 43 now, I have been telling my doctor no when she has suggested I up my medications for better pain relief.  I have gone from Lortab, worked up to 60 mg of extended release morphine 3 times a day prior to surgery, back down to 30 mg morphing ER after surgery, and for the last 1 to 1-1/2 years have been on fentanyl patch 50 mcg and Norco 10/325 for BT.  I've told her I am afraid of upping things now because I don't want to be 70 and unable to control pain.  I use every single one of my allotted BT pain meds every day (six Norco) (tried Percocet but am allergic).  I know it is time to up things for a better quality of life, but still have that fear.
At my last visit with my doctor (she is a family MD) she said she is getting out of doing pain management, so I've found a PM doctor in my town and my records are going to be forwarded there.  So, now, on the other side of the coin, I am afraid that the PM doctor will try lowering my dosage of BT meds.  What can I expect?  Is there a "norm" that is prescribed?  Will I have to start all over with the physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, etc? confused
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
lumbar fusion 2005, with continued pain 

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   Posted 12/17/2007 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have already been thru all of that before surgery w/not good results, I see no point in repeating them and I would tell new dr this too. If anything, you may need a little tweaking on your meds, I am speaking of the BT meds. Let us know how the appt goes. Hugs, Susie

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