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Thank goodness, partner #2 looks like a keeper!

happyHBmomhhappyHBmom Posts: 2,070
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Pain Management
Today I went for my 2nd PM visit since my doctor left the practice. I've been having some medication issues still- drowsiness and lack of pain control (aren't we all?).

Anyway, I had told the first doctor and he just said to take less of my long acting medicine (ms-contin). Ummm, OK.

Anyway, the new guy is switching me back to the duragesic patch. He kind of chided me for being so sensitive that I couldn't handle the 25 mg in the first place, since according to him that's a pediatric dosage (apparently I'm just super sensitive to fentanyl, which is good since I seem to not be sensitive to morphine at all). He put me on the 12 mg patch since the fentanyl had given me the best pain coverage I'd had of any med so far, with hopes that we could bump up to 25 mg at some point.

I thought it was a good plan, so I left happy. We also talked a lot about the surgery and the things surgery will NOT fix, namely the almost certainly present SI joint and hip joint disease secondary to my poor misaligned spine, and how we'll manage that.

I really liked him. So, yay me!



  • HB,

    Sounds like a great match up for sure!! I'm glad that you had a good appointment, and too good news. It sounds like this doctor is talking with a 'human' vs an insurance payment! Bravo!! Good for you woman. With all you've been through of late, this has to feel good. *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • so glad to hear you had a good experience! When I was first on the patches, b/c I had only been on percocet prior, the neuro stuck me on 50mcg and I could sleep standing up. So I backed down to 25mcg. I feel like fentanyl is pretty strong.
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