I am beginning to think (and have had some confirmation from doctors that this is the case) that you can't have it all. Taking enough pain meds to get rid of severe pain is just going to zone you out.
But I don't like being a dope.
For you guys with moderate-severe pain, do your pain meds give you a lot of brain numbness? You know, like someone asks you when you got your dog and you go... uhhh, I'd have to think about that.
Or should I be trying yet another pain med? My NS told me straight out that taking the kind of meds I'm taking don't make it easy to live a normal life. And I'm finding that's true, wondered what you guys think.
It's beginning to give me a bit of an idea why pain doctors are hesitant to prescribe them, although they should just say why rather than beating around the bush about it.
FWIW, I'm on baby meds compared to some. 60-90 mg/day MS-contin and 2-3x/day Norco. I tried the Fentanyl patch and found it was much worse at the lowest dose. Oxy tends to upset my stomach a bit. Not sure what my other options would be. But, I'm hoping to be taking less meds if my surgery is successful
(see that, my friends? That is light at the end of the tunnel.) I think the Norco is the biggest offender. I think I might start cutting it in half.