When I was writing and mentioned the Percocet for breakthrough pain in the introductory post, I thought it may have been misleading because it had been written so matter factly. Afterwards, I wasn't real sure about
what it meant. However, from the posts above, I can see I was correct. Just a little embarrassed, but wanted to make sure.
Saw pain mgt. NP that works with my pain doctor. I am being scheduled for another transferaminal lumbar ESI March 5th. I thought it didn't work because after a week and a half I was up in the pain level again. I thought it had been the change in the medications, and that is why I didn't know if it was the shot or the meds. They were actually sounding positive it had worked for that amount of time. I was told it works in threes and if I was interested in getting the second one and seeing if it would last longer. The Pain doctor would review my pain level diaries and see if it needs to be injected in another area and if I needed a higher dosage or to keep it all the same. Hmm...I was totally shocked. Didn't think that short time would've been enough. If it works in the end though I am all for it.
Snow bunny - I am with the same pain doctor and no, she does not take care of my pain medication. My GP takes care of that. I guess she really isn't my pain doctor if I think about
it. She was referred by my latest GP for injections. She is a pain doctor and I think that is what has been confusing me and others. I just called her my pain doctor because that is how I saw her and in a way she is. Is she? Please, no need to answer that.
Straydog - I went completely off of the patch on Tuesday when I returned to the Oxcycontin. Both of you make sense in that I should take one or the other. MS Contin or Oxcycontin. I called and asked for my doctor to call me personally so I can talk to her about
it. If I could switch it would save me and the insurance company money. My GP is good in that they will return my call personally and always makes themselves available on weekends. I wouldn't be surprised to get a call then. They only have a half day on Friday. I know it is Thursday for most of you, but they are busy and my GP averages on 30-40 messages.
The Oxcycontin is working and I only had to take one Percocet today. Good news since I was active today. I had to do a lot of errands. All were short, but even so I am usually hurting a lot more than I am now. I am really happy about
Laura - I'm happy you mentioned that taking four is not that big of a surprise. I was feeling bad about
it because I know it wasn't working at the time. Snowbunny- I appreciate your response to Laura It made a lot of sense and it was written without any animosity, which is so refreashing. I am so thankful there are people in reach who can help me now. I dont feel alone anymore.
I just can't find the right words to express how good it feels to have people speak with honesty, warmth and experience. All of you have laid out the facts for me to examine, none have been judgemental; this is a very mature group. Thank you.
I hope I have answered all of the questions, if not, throw them back at me again. Have a happy smiling day,