I am pretty new to the boards myself...so welcome!!!
My Dr. and I have worked a few years on finding a good combo of meds that work for my pain level to keep them at a 5 to 6 most days...This is really what most of us with chronic pain can expect as a med is not supposed to take away all the pain...
As well as adding things like a nerve pain med, anti-d, sleep med...(Ambien has been a life saver for me!!) It truly helps me feel less pain each day and deal with it better..as well as get to stage 4 sleep which repairs the immune system...
Aqua therapy, yoga, exercise daily (walking with dog), cognitive behavioral therapy, kiniseology, vitamin supplements, goind all organic with food..this has helped me tremendously with energy and tummy issues!!!etc..
It's really about
a combo of modalities to attack the pain from all angels as one thing alone never does the trick..
I also like having the greatest control over my meds...in the fact that my prescript
ion is written to take up to a certain amount each day which most days I don't need..but I can for bad days without having to call Dr. each time...
I take the MSContin (Morphine Sulfate extended release) 30mg every 12 hours..but also have a script
for MS Contin 15mg..and can take up to 2 of these a day if needed...as well as Oxy IR 5mg for Break Through pain, up to 8 in a 24 hr. period...
Again..I hardly ever take all of those but have the flexibility to if doing a lot of extra activities..
I actually used to take Oxycontin when I had insurance but it's way too expensive without a generic but think the morphine actually works quite well..took a few months to have the side effects go away...So I always encourage people that if they are not experiencing something life threatening...to give a new medicine at LEAST a month or so...
I am actually friends with my PM Dr. outside of our appts. as I've been going there for over 4 years now...and we talk a lot about
his job and what he sees each day..(not anything specific to break HIPPA rules)..just generic things about
Sorry to ramble....it's a rainy day...LOL...
I wish you luck with finding the right medicine combo as well as other modalities to help you with your pain...it sounds like you have a caring Dr. willing to work with you..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006