I don't often start threads,but my pain is getting worse.I have a PM appt. coming up this Tuesday and am debating how/what to discuss with him.I only see him every 3rd refill now since last Oct.or Nov.,and not going in every month makes it feel now like I have to be better prepared.
I've been taking the max of my pain meds (norco 10mg every 4hrs,or 6 a day) and lately it's just not as effective.I've never wanted to go to a higher dose,or change,but now I'm actually starting to get concerned.
At 48 yrs old,if I keep going UP in doses,or change to something stronger-what will kill my pain in 5 yrs.? I've only started taking narcotics in August 2007,and then it was lortab 5/500.I just never expected to-need to-exceed 10mg.
The other day sitting in the recliner I leaned over to pick up my cup on the table-which is lower than the chair,and when I did my back popped several times,in several places.It didn't hurt,and I often crack and pop-but not like this.For a few minutes it actually felt pretty good.Later the next day,Sat.,it started hurting.By the time I got into bed my pain was about a 9,and I NEVER say that.I woke up Sunday with terrible pain and haven't been able to get it below a 7/8.At times I find myself holding my breath...but don't know why.
I've been reading posts about the extended release meds,but I've never taken any,and don't even know if I want to.It's probably unrealistic for me to think that I can stay on these norcos forever-my PM Dr did smile at me when I told him I was never going higher.I wonder now what he was thinking.
Whenever I took my first 10mg norco I got sick to my stomach,but it went away and I had some euphoria.I don't mind saying that I miss that right now.Does that sound wrong-because I'm being honest.No,I'm not in search of that-but would accept it as a side effect right now-lol.
I wonder how others handle their pain as it worsens/changes over time.I don't think that I'm just more tolerant-because my pain feels worse,but it could be some of both?