Good day everyone,
My name is Cindy Im a 46 yr old female. I suffered a weight lifting accident about a few years back and it left me with a neck injury and spinal damage. Im a Chronic Pain Sufferer. At the moment Im going through a bad flare-up, I would say my pain level is peaking at about 8 to 10. 10 being the highest of course. I see my pain management Dr on May 10 and Im looking for any suggestions on pain killers. He will be asking me what pain killer I would like to take in replacing the oxycontin. Now becuase I dont know much about the new drug that has replaced it I dont want to take it as I feel there hasnt been enough testing done on it. id like to stick with a pain killer that has been on the market for awhile now and has the least side effects. Im looking for something that can equal the oxycontin or close too it. I had been doing good for about 5 months and about a month ago I started to notice my flare up starting to act up. I am now on ice packs ,heat pads depending on how I feel that day. Im on oxycontin and clonazepam. It was working very well and I still feel that it is but due to the flare up? My meds are losing strength about every 4 hrs now. Im on my 5th day and Im feeling pretty exhausted now. I have 2 herniated disc and left shoulder pain that leaves me with a stiff left arm . If I had a heart attack I wouldnt even know it due to the pain I have( it mimicks everything from death ,cancers, you name it). I have now been put on complete bed rest and you know it can get tiring just lying there waiting for the next pain to come on that will have you crying and feeling like you rather be dead then to be in such excruciating pain. I see a occupational therapist. a physico, a ortho my pain management Dr and my GP who takes care of my anxiety issues due to the pain. I see most of these poeple on a weekly basis with the exception of my pain management dr and GP who I can talk with over the phone and get my precriptions just by a simple fax. Im considering vicodin or percocet. Does anyone know anything about these 2 drugs or how well they work and what are the bad side effects of them. I try and stay away from anything that will cause my blood pressure to rise as I have had issues with that in the past and would like to stay away from it. The last thing in the world I need is to start having problems with high blood pressure. At my worst my blood pressure is elevated some but I have learned through my therapist to control it. So it hasnt been an issue for over 6 mths now and I have kept it under control. I have 2 herniated disc and whole bunch of stuff going on with my spine and neck along with the left shoulder blade. Fortunately there is no nerve damage or nerve blockage. At my worst i do start to have some problems with shortness of breath which is qiute bothersome so I would like to try and keep away from anything that will cause it to be worse. Shortness of breath caused by spinal cord injury pressing against my lungs not allowing them to fully expand. Any advice on a pain killers would be deeply appreciated as I dont know much about them except for daulidid which isnt strong enough and morphine which doesnt even make a dent but the oxycontin did work and now I have to choose a new pain killer Id just like to know if anyone else has something similar to what I have and what pain killer they would suggest.
Thank you all so much,