Hi Smith...Welcome to HW...we are sorry that you have to be here because of pain...
If I can ask a few questions to help better understand...and only answer if you feel comfortable..
Is it one Dr. who is prescribing both the Percocet and the OxyIR? The reason I ask is it's the exact same short acting medicine...both 5mg oxycodone...the only difference is the Percocet has acetaminophen....so it's quite odd that a Dr. would do this with two different meds that are exactly the same...
What is the way they are having you take these during the day? How much in a 24hr period?
Is it the surgeon prescribing or do you see a Pain Management Dr. for chronic pain?
Going from Norco to both of these meds is a jump up in strength...and when you talk about
your heart slowing...that can sometimes be because there is too much medicine in your system...
And I would just make a caution statement...with having been dealing with chronic pain for over 10 years....a narcotic isn't meant to really give you energy..or improve your mood....that can be a slippery slope if you seek those particular feelings when using these type of meds...
So...I will wait for a bit more info if you choose to help more on some suggestions...there are a wonderful group of people here of all ages who know what it's like to be in pain...so we are glad you found us!
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