I'm new here. I realized after reading some posts here that I have asked my pain specialist (actually, the PS does pain blocks, so I see the PA) a really dumb thing on several occasions, which can cause a red flag (I didn't know until reading this here): I have told him my pain medicine is not working. I am now on 20 mg of Oxycontin and 10 mgs (4 daily) of Percocet.
I am a 35-year-old female. I have bulging discs in my lower back, disc degeneration, osteroarthritis, and scoliosis as well as referred pain from my back (which took years to figure out that it was my back and not my stomach or pelvis that was having problems). I have been living in pain for at least 3 years.
Anyway, now I know why he and the rest of the office staff treat me like I'm a drug seeker. All I want is some relief. I told him on one time a while back that my Vicodin wasn't working and that I ran out early because I had to take extra to get any relief. He then changed me to Percocet, later added Roxicodone, and then Kadian. The Roxicodone worked well, but he only prescribed 20 for bt pain. I finally told him that the Kadian didn't help and that it only made me feel spacey. So, he changed it to Oxycontin.
When I asked him at my last appt. if he could lower my dose of Oxy to one and increase my dose of Percocets a day by two---which would be the same dose of Oxy all together---he just implied that I was probably getting a "kick out of it." I just said, "Okay, well, you know best" or something like that.
So, I am embarrassed and ashamed to tell him that I keep running out of Percocet early, because the Oxycontin does not do anything for my pain, but the Percocet does. I have an appt on Wednesday, and I only have half a Percocet left. Should I just keep quiet about my medicine unless he asks? Any advice would be appreciated.
I have been trying to make my Percocets last, but I have been have been having trouble doing so. I am in legitimate pain, and maybe I have been expecting my pain medicine to do more than it should. Now, I fear that I have a bad rep at the doctor's office and I don't know how to rectify the situation, and I don't know how to get adequate pain relief. I feel like the PA who is in charge of prescribing my pain medicine does not treat me fairly or like me, for that matter. I don't think he realizes how much pain I am in no matter how many times I try to tell him. I know it looks bad to go to another pain specialist, so I am stuck with him. I feel very depressed about this situation. Could anyone please give me some advice? Has anyone else been in this situation or something similar?
Thanks in advance!