I've read so many of the posts on this forum. I hope someone might have a suggestion for me. My problem/dilemma is that I've been on hydrocodone 10/325 mgs X 3 for basically 3 years since my surgery. I now have a major herniation the level above the fusion (L3-4) with lots of instability and am probably looking a second back surgery. The 30 mgs daily of hydrocodone aren't getting it. I am usually through the roof with pain by the afternoon (I have to sit at work lots.) I slap my tens unit on the second I get home! It does help.
Anyway, my pain doc tried to give me Exalgo but insurance said no. Now they are trying to give me Kadian. Or, my doc said I could just go to 40 mgs hydrocodone and see if that will help for awhile. I'm afraid to go to stronger meds like Kadian. Isn't that like skipping a few steps? Anybody have any other suggestions that don't take me direct from hydrocodone to morphine?
As always, I appreciate your insight. I know that we are all affected differently by different drugs. I'm just looking for some suggestions for a stronger regime that 30 mgs hydro but not so strong as morphine sulphate.