Thanks so much for your replies, White Beard, Skeye and Lorie!
Interestingly, when I emailed my rheumy and asked for him to suggest a replacement pain medication, he casually replied that we should discuss it at my next appt and that "nothing comes to mind".
Uh-oh! I'm not scheduled to see him again until APRIL!!
So I sent him another email the gist of which was that it is unacceptable
for me to be just "toughing it out" for a month, and that, despite my problems with the side effects, fentanyl made a significant difference to my ability to function at work and at home because of the pain relief it provided. Not to mention my overall quality of life....
In other words, I really need another pain med prescribed before April!
He must know all this though, he's a fibromyalgia expert.
So he ended up calling me to tell me that he does
think I need another pain med but he's on his way out of town and won't be back until Monday. Also he can only prescribe pain meds for me that are not particularly harmful to the liver, because of my autoimmune hepatitis (Stage II liver damage).
So I sent him my hepatologist's email address....hopefully they can come up with something to give me for pain! Are Tramadol or Oxycondone harmful to the liver?
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