My doctor and I want to change my daily meds from 20mg 4x/day of Oxycontin to MS Contin. I have been on this level of Oxy for about 2 years and it is no longer as effective. I see him monthly and we will likely make this change or something else similar next week.
How is MS Contin different? I know it is morphine based, but that makes it still an opiate. Will I likely take the same amount? I really like my doctor, but I feel like I need to be a step ahead of him. At least he will listen to me if I do not completely like his suggestions, and when I have input, he takes that into consideration.
Also, I take Oxycodone for "breakthrough pain" but it feels more like taking an M&M as it does nothing. We did not discuss whether we would change this too or not. What do you think would be good here? I really would like an effective breakthrough med!
My doctor knows that I have my "neck friends" who I "talk" with online. He even encourages me to talk with you all as he wants me to feel better too. He will NOT think I am a drug seeker if I bring an idea or two. In fact, he reassures me and says things like, "I know you are someone who really needs relief... and not an abuser." Even with his reassurances, I am still careful in how I talk with him about meds.
Thanks in advance for your input.