Hi everyone. I have been lurking for a while, and I feel for each and every one of you.
I am 24 and have had major back issues for nearly 5 years. To date I am told I have bulging, herniated, degenerative discs from my skull to my butt. I also have Spondylolysis in my lowest vertebrae.
I live thru daily pain, but occasionally experience some of the most horrible, literally paralyzing pain imaginable. I've had 4 of those episodes in the last 5 years, and if I so much as breathe the wrong way, I could have another.
I have seen more specialists than I can count. None of whom I continue to see, other than my Pain Clinic doctor, who I see weekly. He has had me try many medications, and 2 different kinds of nerve blocks. The block did nothing. Same with 99% of the meds we have tried. To date, all that works is Oxycontin. We have found nothing for breakthru pain. OxyIR, and Percocet for whatever reason don't work. Mine you I don't take a high dose, but that's the reason for my post.
I experience the worst of my pain at work. Thus, I only feel the need to medicate while working. I thought doing it that way would ward of the possibility of becoming dependent. But lately I have required so much to be comfortable, I have noticed withdrawal symptoms on my days off. My PM doc suggested taking my Oxy twice a day, work or no work in the hopes that being constantly medicated would prevent the really bad pain, and make dealing with what I have easier. But, twice a day isn't enough. Rather, twice a work shift isn't enough. 30mg of Oxycontin takes the edge off for 4 hours if I'm lucky. Then the tears come. I found myself taking 3 doses in 8 hours one day. The pain was just too much.
Anyway, this is becoming a novel. I am interested to know the doses and schedules of those taking Oxycontin. How long does it work for you? Do you need another full dose when it wears off? What do you take for breakthru?
And for those out there who are as resistant as I when it comes to meds actually working, what have you found that does provide relief? Were you lucky enough to find something for breakthru too? Please feel free to PM me if you would rather not share with the world.
Thanks in advance.