Most of us are on a long acting medication that helps control our pain. Its the primary medication... Like Ms Contin, Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Methadone, Butrans, Tramadol es and medications like that. It is the medication that our doctors count on to do the majority of our pain control. We don't aim to be pain free, just to keep our pain at a manageable level. For instance, my pain is around a 3.5 to a 4 with my LA med.
But there are days where my pain still breaks through and I need a dose of my immediate release medication. When these flares or spikes happen, you can't simply take more of your long acting medication... It doesn't work that way so our doctors give us a second pain that is used specifically for this reason.
With so many changes in pain management, it looks like most doctors will be prescribing medication this way.... With a combination of long acting and immediate release medications. Since most IR (immediate release) meds are generally short acting we benefit from having both types of medication.
**my pain levels are the lowest they've ever been with my new combination. Realistically we all hope to keep our pain around a 5 or 6 daily throughttreatment.
I hope that made sense.
Chronic Pain Warrior since 2007
Diagnosed in 2007 - Chronic Pelvic Pain and Stage 3 Endometriosis
PM Patient since 2009
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