Had my Dr appt today

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luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/3/2011 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
 He decided to change up some of my meds at another attempt to get my pain under control.
 
He wants to try the medication change first and then see me back in two weeks. If there hasn't been any change we will look into something called Facet Joint Injections.
 
I explained to him my stress, pain, depression issues, and how I feel I have one foot over the edge as it is. 
 
So, now I am to take half a percocet during the day every few hours as needed to make it through my work day. He has changed my bedtime meds as well, and increased my oxy from 10mg to 20mg removing the vicodin and percocet and now taking Nortriptyline..this is for depression, he also said this can help with getting some sleep since I can't seem to sleep more than an hour or two at a time. I'm lucky to get 4 hours a night.
 
I am so grateful as my girlfriend took my youngest (5yr old) for the weekend. I didn't want to try the new med and the increase in oxy with her here. And I get some extra rest time.
 
 
I hope everyone has a nice weekend
 
 

Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass

Meds: Oxy, percocet, norco, xanax, sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/3/2011 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Lucky...
 
I sure hope your new meds work.  Sometimes, that's all it takes is a change in strength, frequency, etc.  I pray it works for you!
I've had many facet injections.... They are not so bad...
 
I hope you get some good rest this weekend - thank goodness for help w/ the kids, huh?  And I really hope your new meds work.  Let us know.

Take care.  --Tina

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/3/2011 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lucky...glad to hear it went well today...

Did you by chance to talk about switching the Oxycontin to taking one in the AM and one in the PM to give you more coverage instead of taking all of them at night?


Or is it just the Percocet to take through the day?

And I don't want to be a pest...I just want you to be careful with taking the new med Nortriptyline and then all your other meds right before sleeping as he just doubled your Oxycontin dose...

I'm just a worrier at times but if as you said...he is aware that you take your medicine that way...then he is the DR...so what do I know!! LOL..

I certainly hope it works to help with your pain...

For my schedule...I take my MSContin 30mg at 5am....then any breakthrough during the day...and I have prescription for MSContin 15mg for really bad days and can add this if needed instead of having to add another 30...
Then I take my other 30mg at 5pm...

This way I am getting 24 hour coverage with my medicine...

As we mentioned in your other post...any type of fatigue goes away after a few weeks...

I do wish you 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
 
 

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/3/2011 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
SB,
Thanks and you could never be a pest!! I'm not that type of a person anyhow...you can say anything you want to me :) The more people watching out for me the better! On the Oxy..Doc had wanted me to take one in am then one at bedtime, but I was so scared at first to take it during the day with my kids and work. Then when I finally did tried it, I hated the way it made me feel so that is why I have so much pain during the day, it builds up and I think by bedtime its just so out of control its hard to get any relief.

Tina--Thanks...did the injections work for you?
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass

Meds: Oxy, percocet, norco, xanax, sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/3/2011 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Aww..thanks..I'm glad you realize we truly care and just trying to help:)

And I know we mentioned this before...but the Percocet is that exact same medicine as the Oxycontin...they are both oxycodone..

So not sure why the Oxy would make you feel different or bad and the Percocet doesn't...

Also...as the Dr. will tell you too...is that those type of side effects will go away in a few weeks...

I guess to me if seems it would an idea to try taking the Oxycontin as directed to do the one in the AM and then one in the PM for a few weeks and try again to see if it helps..

I hate to think of you having so much pain all day when you are prescribed a medicine that helps you...it might have just been a fluke that you felt weird when you took it if you can tolerate it at night as well as the Percocet...so that has me scratching my head..

And sorry..I can't remember if you are just skipping the dose...or taking two of the Oxy's at night instead..

Just be VERY careful with taking this new dosage with the Nortiptyline for sleep...we want you waking up in the AM!...

Ok...as long as your Dr. knows that you are doing this and ok with it..

I hope you do get some rest tonight!
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
 
 

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/3/2011 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
SB..No I just skipped the dose of oxy for the morning and still just took the one at night, but now doc has increased that up from the 10mg to 20mg...

I totally hear what your saying about the meds being the "same" and maybe it was a fluke, but I guess when I take it at night its not an issue vs. taking it and staying awake if you know what I mean....

It's the Nortriptyline thats a totally new med for me, if that was confusing in my post??

I'll be taking my meds soon and then off to bed I go...

:)
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass

Meds: Oxy, percocet, norco, xanax, sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/3/2011 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes...I was saying I was worried about you taking the new med, Nortriptyline and making you sleepy since he gave it to you for that purpose..

.and then you taking all your other meds along with this since you mentioned taking all your meds only at night..

And along with this...he had doubled your Oxycontin dosage...

So that is Nortriptyline, 20mg Oxycontin, Xanax, and Topamax all at night which they can all cause fatigue and suppress breathing..

I was worried about it causing too much fatigue with them all at once before bed and you not waking up!!!

That's why I kept asking if your Dr. knew you were taking all the doses only at night instead am/pm or through the day to spread them out..

But I'll hush on the subject now and hope you do ok and get the sleep you need:)

Alcie
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   Posted 6/3/2011 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I always take one new med at a time, usually a half dose to start with. Then I know which one is to blame for the new side effects.
Alcie
 
 

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/3/2011 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
SB...I like YOU!! your just like me...no worries at all your fine..

I am NOT taking the xanax anymore...only as needed...but yes your right on the rest of them and THANKS for caring...xoxo
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass

Meds: Oxy, percocet, norco, xanax, sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/3/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats not a bad idea Alcie...sometimes I don't know what pill is doing what....but in this case with my daughter not being home I just have to "go for it" don't want to try new meds with her home...
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass

Meds: Oxy, percocet, norco, xanax, sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/3/2011 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Lucky...
 
The facet injections helped some - not long term, but some relief.  Just enough to lower my pain a point or two...  But, as you know - when you are in pain - ANYTHING is a help!! 
 
I hope you are getting some rest and that your meds are working!!  Let us know....

Take care :) --Tina
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