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When to increase dosages?

GreyEagleGGreyEagle Posts: 350
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Pain Medications
:? My DO started me on morphine 15 mg 3x a day a few weeks ago. She added this to Vicodin 5/500, which I had been taking for a few weeks already. The Tramadol was not working.

I'm finding this current combination pretty good. I am going to be having ACDF Surgery, most likely 4 level C-3 thru 7. I'll know in a week the extent. My left arm especially has been very painful. Usually its worst late at night or when I get up in the morning. I'd had a C-6 nerve block diagnostic about a month ago. That totally took the pain away for one night.

What I'm wondering is what lvl of dosage is next if my current dosage proves to not be sufficient? What are your experiences?

Thanks much,

Ken GreyEagle
Greyeagle
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  • Hi Grey Eagle,
    Honestly, you can stay at your current level of pain medication for a long period of time. Many do stay at the same level for years as long as you are getting adequate coverage of your pain. Pain management using medications is just one way of managing the pain levels, there are many other modalities that might help as well as raising the medications or changing them.
    If or when your needs for changes in your pain medications happen, your doctor is the best one to discuss any other medications or modalities with.
    Since pain medications effect us all differently, you may find that after your procedure that your pain med needs go down instead of up...
    Sandi
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,726
    After surgery, lets hope that you pain medication dosage can be decreased. Even though you will be somewhat uncomfortable after your ACDF surgery, you should not experience the level of pain you are currently seeing. The pain/discomfort post surgery should be for a short period of time and before you know it, you will be off all pain medications.
    That is what we all hope for when we have surgery, to correct the situation we had requiring surgery.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Yeah, current dosage is probably the wisest. It does help. It does not take the pain away as much as I'd like around the clock. Best outcome is that the surgery will resolve my arm pain. Both my DO and my Neuro Surgeon are agreed on that point. I just need to have patience and hang in there until my surgery.

    Thanks for all your input,

    Ken GreyEagle
    Greyeagle
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