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is my pain as controlled as it can be? don't know where to turn in Milwaukee

airwayaairway Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Pain Management
I have a feeling my story isn't much different from some others out there. I've been struggling with numerous back issues, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain for 5-7 years. I've seen several physicians none of whom I was overly impressed with.

The most recent was about 2 years ago. The doctor claimed he had done all he could for me and sent me back to my family doctor. My family doctor was willing to take over the prescriptions I was getting but was only willing to write them exactly the same only after receiving a letter from the pain specialist. As a certified pharmacy technician, this hesitance to prescribe narcotic pain medication infuriates me beyond belief. I am probably not alone.

Often I feel I am in more pain than I need to be, and my pharmaceutical knowledge makes me wonder if there is a better medication option. About 2-3 days per week I am in additional pain from the constipating side effects of morphine even though I take a laxative (Miralax) daily. I know this comes with narcotics, but I alo know that some are less constipating than what I am taking.

I'm tired of just refilling the same thing over and over and wondering if I could be doing better. Yet I don't know where to turn. Can anyone recommend a physician in the Milwaukee area that isn' going to treat me like a drug seeker or question if I am really in pain? I don't want to be the one telling the doctor that narcotics are very useful and safe medications when ued properly.


  • I don't live in your area so I can't help you with that one. But you asked if there was a less constipating medicine. I've been on Fentanyl patches, MS Contin, and now Oxycontin 80mg a day. I'm actually not bothered by constipation that much with this one. Of course everyone is different but this is my experience only. I hope you'll find another doctor to help you with your pain. Take care
  • meydey321 said:
    I've been on Fentanyl patches, MS Contin, and now Oxycontin 80mg a day. I'm actually not bothered by constipation that much with this one.
    Fentanyl patches is one medication I would really like to consider. I'm aware that it's less constipating than some others. I just need to find a doctor that is willing to help determine the best medication for me.
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