I posted on this on another thread a couple days ago but since this is medicine related I wanted to throw it down here to see if anyone had any input.
I had a double-level 360* fusion 9/2/10 and am recovering rather ok I think. Doc weaned me very very quickly off of the Fentanyl patches (within a month) and left me on Neurontin 300mg x3 daily and put me on Percocet 10/325 just 3 weeks ago. In fact he chewed me out for NOT taking the old Percocet 7.5 when I needed it because that would have put me over the limit that was on the bottle. So up my dose goes to 10 mg 1-2 tabs every 4-6 hours. So I called yesterday for a refill and the nurse tells me when I come in they will be putting me on Lortab (which I had a horrible reaction to in the beginning of all this mess but I guess that doesn't matter?) And when I picked up my new script they had dropped me back down to the 7.5 mg. I feel like they are treating me like a "seeker". I am overly paranoid about that since I work in the Emergency Room and I see docs do this exact thing DAILY.
I feel I am right in line with a good recovery but I still have a LOT of pain on certain days and at certain times. I still have a LOT of nerve pain and have fallen 5 times since my surgery when my foot feels like it's asleep. I walk, I even attended my kids football games, I have lost 43 pounds since my surgery and I don't abuse the meds. I get angry when I feel like I am being persecuted for my pain...
Anyway my question is this- how do I get the doc to listen to ME and not rush my recovery? I need to express to him that THIS medicine is barely keeping me hanging on as is- why would he put me on a lesser dose for one and why would he want to put me on a hydro med (which is known for short term effects as opposed to oxy meds long term usages). I sincerely feel this has to do with the face that I am a work comp case because when I had my lesser surgery 2+ years ago this same physician threw intense narcotics at me like candy (much of which I still have!) HELP!!!