I don't know anything about Actiq either, but will be curious to learn more. But I think there is another option when we go to see our doctors and that's some type of pain journal, or listing of our symptoms, particularly those that aren't being helped by current medications. Chutzie has posted a link in another thread (sorry, can't recall which one right now) to a pain journal, but if you keep a list of your symptoms throughout the day - how they vary with medication, activity, etc. - and then bring it to your doctor and emphasize how your life is being negatively impacted, that's a better strategy than asking for a specific medication. I don't think there's anything wrong with asking your doc if there aren't other options to help with your symptoms, but it's sad but often true (unless you really know the relationship with your doc) if we ask for a specific medication it starts to look like we're drug seeking. If you've got a great relationship with your doc you could bring in maybe a one page information sheet on a particular medicaiton and ask what they think - if that might help. But it really depends on how you and your doc relate. Sad, we should be able to have a collaborative relationship with our doctors. But reality is reality.
Thank you for your suggestion.
Born with hip dysplasia in left hip, 2 surgeries to fix it when I was a very small toddler.
Also, 2 injured discs in lower back at L3-L4 and at L4-L5.
I also have Fibromyaglia as well.
Zyprexa 7.5 mg
Wellbutrin XL 150 mg
Klonopin .50 to 1 mg as needed throughout the day for panic attacks
Norco 10/325 mg as needed for breakthrough pain
Baclofen 10 mg 3x a day
Ibuprofen 800 mg as needed
Kadian 50 mg
Halcion .25 mg for sleep