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misterkatamari
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   Posted 5/28/2011 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy all.

For the last week or so my pain level has gone back up to where it was when 'all this' started. I have had two epidural injections into my spine. The first one apparently helped a little, but the second one didn't seem to do anything. Since it was my second shot my pain doctor wants to get a new MRI at a better facility to see what exactly is going on. (All this started due to a herniate disc, but he doesn't know what the current state of everything is.)

So yeah, I'm currently feeling really bad today. Not really stiff so much as just in pain, worsening when I bend and move around--or sit up.

I was on hydrocodone, but my pain doctor took me off of it 2 visits ago. I didn't notice any withdrawl, and at the time I also didn't seem to feel any worse for it. Now, however, I sorta wish I had something to 'fall back on' if that makes any sense. I took some tylenol, but motrin/etc usually works better for me--and I can't take it in case I get an injection next week. My MRI is scheduled for the 1st, and then I will likely see the pain doctor a week after that. So until then, I guess I am stuck.

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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/28/2011 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear you are having a hard time:(...

They usually say to stop taking aspirin or anti-inflammatories 5 days before an injection if you have bleeding issues...(clotting problems)...

So do you have a day that it is scheduled?

Also..maybe first thing Tuesday morning you can call your Pain Mgmt. Dr. to call in a muscle relaxer for you to help if he doesn't want you taking the hydrocodone..

Something like Flexeril, Robaxin or Skelaxin work well to at least give you some relief if he wants you off the Advil...

It's certainly worth a try to ask him...

I'm always hopeful that the MRI shows nothing as none of us wish to have anything wrong with us...but I know you want to get to what is causing your pain..

Good luck...
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

misterkatamari
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   Posted 5/28/2011 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, SB.

I take Flexeril at bed time, but haven't noticed anything aside from it helping me sleep. I've been on it for a year now. At the time I felt going off the hydrocodone was fine, because I didn't notice it helping much--and maybe it didn't--but I feel like it may be time for me to ask if there is anything I can do for pain in the meantime. I hate being so useless when this happens, ugh.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/28/2011 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe they can switch to a different muscle relaxer....Sometimes our bodies can get used to a certain medicine...I have gone from Flexeril...to Skelaxin...then Robaxin....Skelaxin...and now back to Flexeril over the last 9 years....it seems to work well for me this way..

If he is willing to prescribe the Hydrocodone again for you that would be helpful as well I'm sure...

I guess it's worth a try to speak to someone on Tuesday..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

misterkatamari
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   Posted 5/28/2011 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Snowbunny21 said...
Maybe they can switch to a different muscle relaxer....Sometimes our bodies can get used to a certain medicine...I have gone from Flexeril...to Skelaxin...then Robaxin....Skelaxin...and now back to Flexeril over the last 9 years....it seems to work well for me this way..

If he is willing to prescribe the Hydrocodone again for you that would be helpful as well I'm sure...

I guess it's worth a try to speak to someone on Tuesday..


Unfortunately, my appointment on Tuesday for the MRI is at a separate facility. So I don't get to see the doctor until after the MRI, when I will schedule an appointment with him. So I have like 2 weeks probably, and I doubt they can really sign off on anything over the phone--especially not something like this. He wasn't actually the doctor who perscribed it, my primary doctor was, but I don't want to cause any confusion and have anyone think something is 'up' if I ask my regular doctor for a new script. I don't wanna mess things up for future stuff.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/28/2011 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
So you haven't seen this PM Dr. before? The main issue is not getting two prescriptions of narcotics from 2 different Drs...So even if your primary called in just a small amount to get you through until you see the Pain Mgmt Dr..

Just FYI...but Hydrocodone actually can be called in if I'm not mistaken since it's a Schedule 3 narcotic...is their facility really far away from you? The reason I ask is because if they don't want to call it in..you could possibly drive by and pu the prescription...

They can certainly call in a different muscle relaxer..

Oh well..just trying to think of ways to help out until you see them and not be in too much pain...

If you don't see the PM for 2 weeks...then you can still take the Advil at least until the 5 days before..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

misterkatamari
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   Posted 5/28/2011 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I think what I may do is call the PM and tell them how I am feeling, maybe ask if I can have my primary call the script in.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/28/2011 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
That sounds like a good idea...I guess I should have been more specific that if you have signed any type of contract with your PM..then you can't get a narcotic from the Primary...

But calling the PM first and see what they say about your pain and having to wait 2 weeks...I would just let them give a suggestion on what to do..

I feel for ya:(...
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

misterkatamari
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   Posted 5/28/2011 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't actually signed a substance agreement with the PM clinic, and they said before my PCP could prescribe whatever they wanted, basically. However, after I talked to the PM doctor about the hydrocodone, he made some kind of note in my file about it. I should ask him what exactly that was. (I think it was just that it was ineffectual, so idk).

But yeah, I'll call and ask. Thanks!
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