Sure...you want to be and stay on the absolute lowest dosage possible to prevent tolerance from happening too quickly and then having to keep move up on stronger and stronger meds...
I just meant that it is wonderful that your Dr. has stated up front that IF you need the larger dosage they are willing to tirate you up as needed:)
I have a lot of flexibility in my pain medication for good days and bad days...
I also have a muscle relaxer to use for that specific type of pain as a narcotic does not help..
It's the same thing with nerve pain when I used to have that....A narcotic does not help so nerve pain medication was needed...
I guess it's your choice and that of the PM...But even with my meds...I had/have injections when needed to help as that is specific medication of streroids when in a flare....Again...a narcotic doesn't do the same thing as steroids which are an anti-inflammatory...I didn't choose between the two, it was in addition to.
Just like there is PT, exercise, acupuncture, massage, TENS unit, etc...I use any and all modalities to help with my pain and keep my narcotic usage to the bare minimum.
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