I'm so sorry to hear about
the perdiciment you're in! I have been there myself before; both out of meds before my script
could be refilled (I was facing 4 days without any of my loritab!) and trying not to sound like I was addicted while I asked for more. Oh I started to feel like I was fighting with my doctor.
I came here though and talked to folks, and their advice was so helpful!
For starters yes, you do have to watch your doseage to make sure you're not taking to much of some things so as to cause issues with other major organs. I know for the longest time they had me on Loritab, and then Percoset, but always with the "anti-inflamatory" stuff cut in. It's good, but at the same time, you do have to worry about taking excess of it.
So while none of us want to be a pill counter (I still am, just out of habbit) the best thing to do is talk to your doctor. Explain it from the stand point that your quality of life has decreased dramatically because of your pain. I'm not sure if you're on extended release stuff or not; my doc won't put me on it currently but that's because I recently started the trial period for a SCS unit, so he doesn't want to get me on something when hopefully some day they'll get my doseage decreased. Currently I'm on 15mg of strait Percoset. My doc upped me from 10mg to 15mg, dropped the anti-inflamatory, and took me from 4 pills a day to 3, but gave me a generous enough script to allow for "bad days", knowing that in a few weeks I was to be scheduled for surgery.
Everyone is different, our pain, our pain levels, and our pain tolerance. Talk with your doctor about your quality of life and see what you can't work out. Maybe, if the anti-inflamatory part isn't doing any good, they can put you on a strait pill killer, or better, an extended release pain killer.
My best wishes to you... none of us should have to live with the pain we have. But it's brought us all together, made us who we are though it does not define us. We're all strong individuals, especially when you remember one important thing.
You're not alone. *hug*
Originally injured 10/26/2007 - Initial diagnosis; Tendonitis
Spent next year seeing specialist after specialist; Bone, Muscle, Hand, Chriopractor, Physical Therapist...
Went through a battery of tests, multiple MRI's
11/16/09 I was finally diagnosed CRPS - Stage 2
Permanently disabled and on Percoset for pain.
Hoping 2011 will see my spinal cord stimulator unit finally implanted.