Hello all my HW friends,
I know I should have a better understanding of meds (since I take so many), but I am still leary of leading discussions of pain meds with my PM and will be seeing him (the actualy DR) for a RFA on the 17th. Right now, for my cp, I take Ultracet 37.5/325 4xdaily, Oxy IR 15 4xdaily, and Soma 350 4xdaily. I also take some BP meds and my Xanax (3mg XR)...along with a slew of other things. I'm completely off of the ambien.
So, on to my question. I am interested in an extended release med instead of all of these pills, but the only one I have tried was Opana ER and it was WONDERFUL for the first 6 hours, then felt like it dumped the balance of the med in my system all at once and I thought I was OD'ing. It was awful and I took the med back to the Dr and swore off of controlled release meds. Of course, my xanax is controlled release and, to be honest, is not showing up in my urine as it should...basically, it shows that I haven't taken it in 2-5 days when I take it every day (exactly as prescribed). I've tried to think of every explaination, but to no avail.
So now my pain has so many spikes and I find myself in an odd situation for me...needing more meds than I am prescribed. I used to need less, but things have changed. I am trying to do more to gain muscle strength and perhaps that is affecting things, but this morning is agony. I have had some days that are much, much better...but they are just days and I am still taking my meds as directed (for sure).
So I come to you wonderful people to ask for advice on how to discuss this option with my PM. He is very strange (to say the least) and I know he is not a big fan of chaning meds. I don't know what to ask for or how. I used to take dilaudid and it worked great until I developed a tollerance for it. That's when I started the Oxy IR and it worked great. It still helps a lot and I would be lost without it, but I don't want to keep having to ask for increases and it looks like that is where I am heading. They just don't last long enough...maybe 3 hours...instead of the 6 they should. Any suggestions friends???
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