Hi Spinal Soldier
I"ll relay my experiences and hope it's helpful in some way. When my back pain started to get bad I used percocet and it was a dream drug to me, but like most people I soon found I needed more to do the same job. I tried the patch which seemed to work well but for only 2 out of the 3 days it says it covers. I also took the percocet at the same time for break through pain. Than I had a spinal fusion done and after a few days out of the hospital my family doc at the time refused to give me anymore pain meds saying I shouldn't need them..Still had the staples in my back and after years of taking pain meds I found it very difficult to stop cold turkey. Fortunately I managed to get through it and did pretty well for a while. Long story short I developed problems a few weeks later and the pain was back only constant instead of periodic like before the surgery. I was put on Oxycontin but found it didn't provide near the relief the same mgs of oxycodone did. Since then I have tried time relief morphine, hydro morph, dilaudid, with little to no success, so back to the Oxycontin and oxycodone. Since the oxycontin doesn't work well for me I take mostly oxycodone in large amounts and just take the oxycontin at night. I guess the best thing I can tell you is to try and be patient and it's just a matter of trial and error to get the right combination that will work for you. Having an understanding doc is worth his weight in gold. Don't think this helped much reading what I wrote but at least your know your not alone. I wish you all the best and hope you find a combination of things that will help real fast. Take care spinal soldier and keep us up to date on how you make out.
Post Edited (stingray) : 11/11/2010 11:52:39 PM (GMT-7)