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sent to opied therapy

jean jayejjean jaye Posts: 181
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in New Member Introductions
3 1/2 years of cervical, thoracic, & Shoulder blade pain- 4 facet blocks, 1 medial branch block, 1 denervation in 4 areas- Dr.s say no surgery - no more denevations or injections- time to go to opied therapies - braking through vicodin & flexeril- What am I in for next? What about the patch recall?
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  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,728
    That makes sense, is it a pain management Dr. who will be prescribing the meds? If you want to check out a med that prescribed with more detailed info than the pharmacies papers. Check them out on www.rxlist.com. I really doubt that any Dr. would prescribe anything that's been recalled.
    Good luck Jim
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. pain medication can often be the relief you need. used appropriately they can change your life for the better. a pain med and a muscle relaxer is a good start. good luck and i hope to see you around the forum! Jenny :)
  • <:P Hello,

    Welcome to the forum. I agree with bigcat90. Enjoy Here!
  • jean - welcome to forum. I would discuss the meds with the prescribing dr if you have concerns. Or perhaps the pharmacist as I am always asked if I have any questions for the pharmacist. I am not sure about the patch recall but I would guess the pharmacy would know the answers.. take care..jade
  • Thanks for the info. I am nervous about going on stronger meds than vicodin & Flexeril, but I am breaking through with pain. I have to see the psychologist at the pain clinic, first. I will then go back to the Dr. for stronger meds. I hated the denervation procedure, but I was hoping they would try repeating it before going on long term, chronic pain meds!
    I guess this is all just a process, and it seems that this is a good forum for info. and understanding. Take Care.
  • Welcome Jean. Many times narcotic pain meds make the difference between functioning and not.
    The standard of practice for use of narcotics is usually a long acting narcotic with a short acting for break through pain. One of the things that bothers people is developing tolerance. My pain doc prescribes Namenda. It is primarily an alzheimers' drug but is used off label for preventing further tolerance and needing higher doses. So far it has worked for me. No side effects to speak of, and I haven't had to increase my pain meds since starting with this particular pain management doctor.
    Also the stigma of narcotics, my husband hates that I am on them, sometimes I am a little tired. He doesn't really understand but hey, I am the one that is able to work, provide health insurance for both of us and keep us going financially, not great, but we still have a roof over our heads and food to eat.
    What a difference the right meds make. It is truly a shame there is such a stigma. But at least you have a doctor that is willing to get you comfortable. That is much more than many people can say. Either their docs are too scared or don't believe in pain meds. Some pain managements refuse to prescribe. SOunds as if you are in excellent hands.
    OZ
  • I too am on opiates and have found that it is much safer to take than ibuprofen or tylenol. Does not damage your organs and you really feel normal when taking the correct dose. Don't be afraid just try and look forward to some long term pain relief.
  • Hi, Thank you! Starting the patch today - difficult to type but want to get & share info. Good Luck to you too!
  • Wow! Thank you . Lots of help! Started patch today - told others difficult to type. want to thank everyone
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