I had a nerve block procedure done approximately 3 weeks ago and my pain level has doubled, day and night. I had been taking 5 Norco pills (10mg Hydrocodone) per day prior to the procedure, but after 2 days I increased to six pills per day (as allowed per my script) and I was still in terrible pain. I called my doctor's office and they got me in very quickly. I told my doctor that my pain has gone through the roof and that I needed something stronger, so he mulled it over in his head said that he would prescribe Oxycodone. I told him that I've used Oxycodone in the past and that 5mg did nothing for me. He suggested that I try 7.5mg, but my pain was so bad that I balked at that as well. He got a little angry with me and ultimately said that Oxycodone is three times stronger than Hydrocodone and all he was comfortable with is 7.5mg.
Well, 2 weeks later, I have been taking 6 pills a day of 7.5mg Oxycodone and I feel no better than I did on 10mg of Hydrocodone. I knew that this would be the case, but I don't dare ask my doctor to increase my dose.
I'm seeing him this Friday, and I'm trying to figure out how to explain to him that I don't seem to respond to Oxycodone the way he or any doctor before him thought that I should. (When I was going home from the hospital after my 2nd discectomy, the NS's PA gave me a script for 5mg of Oxy every 6 hours. I was incredulous that he thought that this was effective pain relief).
Is this just a matter of my body not responding well to Oxycodone, or do these doctors not really understand the difference in effectiveness between these meds?
I know that I asked this question within a different thread, but I wanted to ask again in a new post to see if anyone else has had this issue either with Oxycodone not being very effective or their doctor thinking that it is so much stronger than Hydrocodone, or both.
I could also use advice as to how to explain this to my doctor without coming across as seeking more drugs. I wish I could turn back time and not have had that nerve block.