Hello everyone! First of all I want to wish all of you a pain-free Christmas holiday!
Well, here I go again!
As I posted earlier, my wife got into an argument with our primary care physician so he dumped our whole family. I searched and I searched and the last Dr. on the list was willing to prescribe me my pain medication.
This Friday will be the third time I have seen her. The first visit I had seem to go well and I was really happy that I could go on living my life virtually pain-free. However, last month during the visit I heard the dreaded words, " You can't be on these forever "!
She wrote my prescript
ion but when I got it filled I noticed she cut my breakthrough medication from 10 mg Percocet to 7.5 Percocet three times a day. And did this without telling me.
It's quite amazing that taking away 21 mg of oxycodone a day would make such a difference. And by the way she also increased the Tylenol to 500 mg instead of 325 mg.
For two years now I have been on opiates in my quality of life has been fairly good. But ever since my primary care physician dropped me and my family I live in constant worry and despair. I have a feeling that this Dr. is going to take me off of opiates and put me on NSAIDs.
I'm going to see her this Friday. I am pondering whether or not to bring in my wife and more or less tagteam on her. Do any of you think it is a bad idea to bring my wife to my next appointment? After all, everything this Dr. does will affect my wife as well.
I must be honest, I have lost the will to keep on fighting with doctors.
I've done everything they told me to do and more. I just can't take living month-to-month wondering will this be the month that I will go through withdrawals and become bedridden with pain. There are no more doctors on my list to see, pain management doctors refuse to see me. And my neurosurgeon report that this Dr. is going to see Friday says surgery is not an option but the neurosurgeon thinks I should be on NSAIDs.
I never thought I would get the point where all of my options to manage my pain have been exhausted. I don't sleep anymore and I have lost all of my will to fight because doctors are so afraid to prescribe opiates. Of course doctors do not use the word opiates. They all use the word Narcotics! I guess by using the term Prescribing Narcotics gives them a reason to keep you in pain.
In closing, my question is Is It a Bad Idea to Take My Wife to My Next Appointment?
God Bless Everyone!
Edit: My medications are 40 mg Oxycontin 3x daily and 10/325 Percocet 3 x Daily for breakthrough. In the words off all Drs. This is a VERY HIGH LEVEL OF NARCOTICS! ( I should be on NSAIDs and have holes eaten in my stomach and liver damage without pain relief! )
Post Edited (Jim M) : 12/13/2010 3:51:04 AM (GMT-7)