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!