We're on the same dosage and I've been taking this amount for over 8 years now without any problem at all. While I have read of the dosage being a bit higher, I can tell you that we're at about
the top as far as amount we should take per day. If you keep having pain come and go throughout the day, look into taking "kickers." These are those wonderful little OxyIR 5 mg work right away morphine pills that I also take throughout the day for breakthrough pain and it really does help, so you're not at the limit of pain medication options.
Don't be scared one bit of the dosage but be forewarned, the additional consitapation will now hit epic levels. Sort of like having a small import expelled when you finally do go potty. You might also notice dry mouth like you've never experienced before and I can set a clock to when mine will set in. 2 hours after I take the OcyContin, the extra super super dry mouth sets in so keep something handy to drink with you at all times.
You'll keep breathing, but I'm proud of your attitude for caing enough to do what the doctor says and nothing else. That's what the doctor and you build your trust upon and that's what will assure you proper pain care forever more. Why so many don't understand that pain doctors have to trust their patients first is beyond my scope of understanding, but when we're talking about these amounts and the effects that can go with it, trust is everything. You've earned it, and I like you for it. Bob.