Hello everyone - my name is Brian and I am new to this forum. I want to ask a question but ofc I have a story before I ask
I have both cervical and lumbar issues...not so good most of the time!! I also have degenerative bone disease in my ankle and will be getting that fused soon. My neck has 2 herniated disks and stonosis in 3 vertebrate but I still have most of my strength but the pain is a huge issue. My lower back has Parr's with the L5 being slightly moved forward, I also have some disk problems in 3 vertebrae there as well. Pain is an issue as well.
My family doctor has said he thinks I may have Fybromyalgia as well and prescribed Cymbalta for that but mornings are terrible most days for an hour or so.
My pain management doctor, which I have been seeing since Dec. 2010 has been trying different things to try and get my pain under control. He first prescribed Hydrocodone/apap 5mg. They didn't do any thing. He then went to the 10mg which still didn't do anything at all until I took 30mg at one time, which took alot of the constant pain away. He told me I was OD by taking 30mg and switched me to MS Contin 15mg extended. 2x a day. That didn't do anything so he also prescribed MS IR 15mg and said take 1 or 2 for "breakthrough" pain and increased the MS ER to 2 in the morning and 1 still at night. I did this for about 2 weeks and had a follow up but it appears that I am allergic to morphine so he discontinued that and went back to the Hydrocodone 10mg 3 to 4 times a day.
At last the question
I don't understand why he went back to the way (Hydrocodone 10mg) that did not work for me a month ago and made a follow up appointment a month away telling me to "hang in there".... So is this a normal practice for Pain Management doctors to treat a patient that apparently has a high tolerance to medication? I'm just saying -- if it didn't work a month ago why would it do so now?
Well thanks for taking the time to read my "publication"
Hope everyone feels well.