Percocet Not Working Anymore - Any Suggestions???

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   Posted 10/28/2007 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I'm having a bad week with my back pain (chronic muscle pain) and my Percocet, which I've been on more or less most of this year, just doesn't seem to be helping anymore. At first it was a godsend, now it just barely takes the edge off -- even if I take my max. daily limit.
Very difficult to fall asleep, I get up 2 or 3 times to either stretch, ice it, or lie on my massage ball or just sit there and read until I'm exhausted and I just crash. And the next day I do get thru but not easy. I'm on anti-depressants which basically just help me from not breaking down and crying.
I'd rather not be on these opiates, but they help me function better. I guess my body's built up a tolerance to the Percocet. I'm going to my family doc this week to discuss switching meds. I may even ask for a cortisone shot - I usually get my specialist to do that but it's gonna be a while until I get an appt there -- I had to be "re-referred" by my family doc because I hadn't seen him in a while.... arggghhh. I have a feeling my family doc's just gonna prescribe me a stronger med until I get into see my specialist.
darn this gnawing muscle pain that presses up against the back of my ribs... arrggghhh, sometimes I feel like I wanna rip it out. I've tried everything and am running out of options.

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   Posted 10/28/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
whats wrong with your back? Can surgery take care of it. I would be finding out whats wrong .

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   Posted 10/28/2007 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm so sorry your life is impacted by the amount of pain you are having. Everyone of us here truly understands. One thing to do when you go to your primary doc...take a pain journal with you. Start today...or even a couple of days ago if your memory is good...and write down how you felt during the day. Pain on a scale from 1-10, what you took, how it helped or not, how you are sleeping or not. Let him read what your daily life is like. Hour by hour if necessary. I would think he will offer something stronger, at least until you see the specialist.

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   Posted 10/28/2007 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, alot of us here with back problems understand totally what you have been going thru. I also know what you mean about opiates, but you know you gotta do what you gotta do to be able to function on a daily basis.
I take it its your PCP that prescribed the Percs. Be very honest with him/her about the medication losing its its umph on you. But that happens alot more than you think. There is alot of different pain medications available now a days. Will keep my fingers crossed you get something that works well. Its happened with me on pain, antidepressant, blood pressure medicine, and just last week my gi had to switch me from Acephex to Prevacid. Anything you take long term always has the potential of not being effective any longer after a period of time.
I have an intrathcal pain pump and we have been having weather changes that has absolutely ripped me a new one. I have been walking bent over for awhile now and this is really bothering me. I have bursitis in both hips that is very painful. When I walk I feel like my legs are being jammed up into my back. I finally broke down yesterday and took one of my pain pills. I have Dilaudid for pain pills plus that is the main drug in my pump. Its helping, at least I don't want to jump out any windows, lol. I just hate it though, because I am so hard headed, I want to totally rely on my pump only, I know this is wrong. I just don't want back in the oral medication routine again. I am going to call tomorrow and reschedule having a radio frequency done to the nerve endings, that will alleviate some of this pain.
Please let us know what your dr says about some new meds.

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   Posted 10/28/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
web101, i was on percs and all my life they gave me the same feeling- buzzing like a bee- not "high" just speedy feeling. percs haven't done anything for me in years. i told my dr my concerns and he switched me to methadone, which was nice because i don't have that "high" feeling, but they could not prescribe me anything for BT pain. so they switched me back to oxycontin and put me on oxycodone 15 mg for pain- and it has been fantastic. i have been through a lot of medications trying to find a pain killer that worked. now i also liked norco a lot, if you haven't tried it yet. you have to be honest with your PCP or PM dr when it comes to these meds. or else they just don't know. I was told upfront by my PM dr to hang in there, everyone is different and obviously it may take awhile to get the right combo. this was over a year ago and we have gone down quite a long list. are you on any kind of ER opiod? (ultram, avinza, kadian, patch, methadone) that might be the first problem if not. i am currently on oxycodone, oxycontin, lyrica (for nerve pain) and soma (muscle relaxer) and soma is the only med i have been on that has not lost its strength for me. (over 2 years, i achieve tolerance real quick). what problems do you have going on? good luck with the dr and let us know!
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