Running otu of options - Pain Management
Because of the postings here I have been helped thru countless difficulties for over three years now. Just by reading others trials and tribulations and knowing I am not alone, has aided me in managing some very dark days. Now I find I must wade in a bit farther and ask for your help.
Medication is one of my biggest issues right now.
Have been on Oxycodone 10/650mg X 4 daily for about a year (up from 5mg first 2 yrs)
Stomach issues - per gastroenterologist - No more Acetaminophen
Changed to - Oxycodone15mg X 3 Daily - pain to great between doses
Changed to Oxycodone 15mg X 4 Daily - Good pain relief but encountered Profound Physical and Psychological Side Effects
Changed to Oxycontin 10mg CR X 2 w/5mg Oxycodone for break-thru - Little pain relief
Changed to Oxycontin 20mg CR in morning and 10mg at night - Good pain relief and steady - Broke out in Hives
Changed to Morphine Sulfate 15mg ER X 2 daily w/5mg Oxy for break-thru - Extreme sedation - heart palpitations - suppressed breathing
Changed back to Oxycodone 10mg X 4 daily - Increase in pain.
Can Not Take;
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (Selective, Nor-ephedrine, and Ephedrine)
High dose of Oxycodone
I am reluctant to try many OTC vitamin supplements - things like St. Johns Wart can make me very ill.
I am scared because I will be fighting pain for the rest of my life and everything we have tried turns into a nightmare. IS THERE ANYTHING LEFT I CAN TAKE FOR PAIN?
Pain management is angry with me over this, told me it was ridiculous I got hives, and said I was addicted to Oxycodone. (dependent yes, but addicted no - I am the one who went to PM and told them I could not take 15mg Oxycodone and that I had reduced Oxy to 10mg when side effects became to great). PM is telling me I have run out of options and I need a spinal stimulator - I Don't want any more hardware in my body! I am scheduled to see a chiropractor (I had to ask PM for this), have two more nerve blocks scheduled (had three two months ago), insurance will not cover acupuncture, external TENs unit was of no help, very limited help with PT
Current Meds: Oxycodone, Ambien, Gabapentin, Lidoderm Patch, Zanaflex
While I am at it; Effexor, Oxycontin CR, Toradol (tablet) made me break out into hives.....what is the connection?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I want to get back to being on a functional level with my life. Thank you.
PLSF S1-L4/5, Hardware Failure, great bone edema, & scare tissue - Reconstructive PLSF (cut L5 nerve root in surgery, sensory damage to right leg/foot). I have another synovial cyst, degeneration of joint above fusion and pain on left from hardware. Surgeons want me to get third level fused, but holding off as long as I possibly can.