Good afternoon Hydrangea!
Hey!...sounds like you and I are clipping along at about
the same pace with our recovery problems and pain. I too am suffering more than usual pain at the moment. It seems to come and go, teasing me, but lately it has seemed to have gotten worse on the bad days.
At the moment I'm taking Percocet #7.5 325mg X3, way down from before my surgery. However; my pain has been persistent, and the meds just aren't cutting it, although, it is taking the edge off a little.
Part of the pain management program requires discipline on you're part, and I must admit can be hard to do, especially when one is being script
ed at the lower end of the requirements to keep their pain at bay.
Lets remember, that you are still in the recovery phase, from your fusion, and that you may have a ways to go before you will know where the pain cycle will settle. You're PM should know this and expect to make adjustments to you're script
s, as needed.
If he is not willing to give you the type of comfort, to allow you to live some sort of quality of life, then he is leaving you under medicated. It is one thing to be treating patients for unseen problems and worrying about
the government crack down, and quite another to have a mile long well documented medical history, which includes MRI's, CT scans, back fusion surgery, and the such, and leave you under treated.
Since you're in a PM program, I fear that you are going to have to suck it up for the time being, but when that day comes and he makes no adjustments, then I would start the process of looking for a new PM. There is absolutely no need for a person to have to suffer this way, with the type of meds out there, unless you have an extremely high tolerance to all of them.
I will not deviate from my medication orders, and this is how I built up a good trusting relationship with my PCD, but I will also not sit here and not make an effort to call him, when a problem arises. If, and when you have your next appointment, please discuss this with him, to see what his policy is on this. I'm willing to bet, that the contract you signed actually states this.
I have a call in to my PCD, and still have a half a bottle of meds left at this time, so I have allowed myself a little wiggle room in case I need to seek another PCD and or a PM
From your statement, you said that you will be a few days without, so it looks like this condition has been going on for a while if you have been adding a 4th pill each day. From the time you take the 4th pill, you are adding mental stress to yourself, because of guilt. Stress can be a factor in your level of pain as well, so take note, and avoid this at all cost the next time.
Yes, it is easy to preach this, and quite another to be the one dealing with the pain, but I am going through the same problem as you right now. Not fun at all, so I do sympathize with you.
It will be up to you to communicate this problem with your PM and seek answers while you are there for the appointment. You may need to be earnest, in either you're plea, or demand, but not to the point that you offend you're service provider. If he is a total idiot and arrogant about
it and declares that he is the PM God of all, then you will have your answer.
Thank You so much for posting here, as you well know, that I do follow your progress here.
Take care my friend, and lets hope you and I both have a successful outcome in the end.
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 9/6/2010 2:18:21 PM (GMT-6)