Very strange situation. I've been seeing a PM doc for the past month or so for debilitating back and leg pain, which he is calling Failed Back Syndrome (previous surgery 2008, titanium fusion L4/5). During this time, I've had 3 epidural steroid injections that don't seem to be working at all. There's talk of implanting an electrical stimulator.
I've been taking 4 Norcos--10/325 and 2 Soma 350's per day for about a month and a half, but it wasn't covering all the pain, so in addition to this my doc prescribed me Oxycontin 20mg twice per day. I've never taken Oxycontin before, so I decided to give it a go.
The first day I took it, the relief I got was very good. Day 2 was drastically different. I could tell that I took it, but pain relief was minimal. I'm now on day 3, and I'm still getting very little relief. Does anyone know if this is one of the meds that you have to take for long periods, and let it build up in your system in order for it to work well? I don't understand it, and am considering just not taking the Oxycontin, as all it is really doing now is making me tired. I've seen so many positive reviews about the med, that it seems like I'm doing something wrong here.
I first posted this in the back pain section before I found the 'pain med' section. Kinda new at this!