I am curious how to discuss pain medications with my PM. I am in need of surgery but right now I am seeing different surgeons under his guidance to get different opinions (which seems to be a long proccess.) I was trying to avoid a spinal fusion but it seems that it where I am heading. In the meantime I am seeing a wonderful pain doc. I have been taking 10/325 of percocet 4xs/day since November (prior I was on vicodin with no relief) but it is not as effective as it used to be. I find that it helps but wears off after a few hours. I have read on here that a lot of people are on extended meds with break through ones. Is there a good way to approach my doctor about asking for an extended medication? This is the first doctor that has been wonderful and I want to keep our relationship that way. I was thinking of telling him that the percocet is helping but does not last long enough. Would that be an appropriate way to bring it up? He asked me if the pain medication was still helping on my last visit and I just said yes instead of being honest. At the time I also was trying to avoid taking anymore medication but i am in too much pain. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
L4-L5 herniated disc with tears, facet Arthropathy, SS, DDD,spondylosis
L5-S1 herniated disc