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Pain Meds

ltstamplltstamp Posts: 39
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Chronic Pain
I just got back from the doctor. I was needing a refill on my pain medication. They told me that they will not refill my narcotic (Oxycodone 5mg) and would have to try something else. They had tried tramadol last week (I had a horrible headache after taking it) and this time I am getting Tylenol 3. I understand that some people have addiction problems but they can tell from my history that I have never abused my prescription. I have taken 60 pills in the last 8 months. And the only reason that I have been taking more is that I fell in November.
I am so frustrated. I have a MRI scheduled for October (I am in Canada so have to wait).

I have been doing ice and exercises but that is not working completely.

I just needed to complain. I know there is really no solution to this. I will just have to make the best of being in pain and trying to work and live a fairly normal life.

For those that are experienced with Canadian doctors is there any suggestions??? I moved here last August from the US and this is the first problem that I have had (other than the 4 month wait for an MRI).


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    There are many on here that are from Canada. I hope someone can help you. Your situation sounds so unfair.
    Good luck, Jim
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  • Wow, I am so sorry! I don't think oxycodone 5mg is that strong of a drug, especially because you don't take it all the time. Can you go to a different doctor?
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • We live on a First Nation Reserve and that may be part of the problem. We get a rotation of doctors that come once a week. I am a teacher and almost done for the school year. I am going to go to the "Big City" and visit a clinic there to see if I can get a different medication.
    Like you said it is not even a super strong dose and I have been on this one for over 2 years. So it should be obvious that I really use it for breakthrough pain.
    I am probably going to visit my family in the states and I should just visit my doctor there that did my surgery. They know that I am needing a second surgery in my lower back.
  • Your better off if you still have coverage to go to the states. I live in canada but am from the states and cannot believe the way the docters are in canada. You wait forever and then when you see them they do not want to do anything for you. I shouldn't say they are all that way but the ones I have seen are. I went to detroit for a second opionion and the surgery was 64,800. I told my family docter and he suggested that I borrow against my home to have the surgery done.
    If you want something done in ontario you have to be persistant and not give up until you get the right docter. But like I said before if you have benefits in the states use them.
  • Hello,

    I was shocked to read on here that people in 'other' countries have such QUICK access to specialist/mri's etc. I had no idea!

    I am so frustrated by the LONNNNG waits in Canada... I feel the time lapses, and MY uncaring Dr. who just thought I was depressed and couldn't handle pain--may have caused me life-long nerve damage. I can't work. I can't walk much. I cant' sit long. Oh, we all know how it is like!!!
    I feel like I am always playing... the Hurry up and Wait game!!! Wait weeks for a dr. appt. months for a specialist.. up to 9 months to a year for the 'good' ones! , testing, more testing, therapies, etc......

    I wish, oh how I wish, I knew Then what I know Now!!! I would like to go back and change a few things... but since I can't, I will share in the hopes others may see the "light" I missed back then.

    I wish I were more of a personal advocate a few years back. I have learned, through the school of tough knocks; the difference between assertiveness, and what I thought was 'whining'.. or bitching.

    I would be more assertive with treatments I wanted.. rather than.. meekly.. "ok, I'll do what you ask or suggest" first. I would do both!!! his idea, and what I had learned or researched.

  • i wonder if your doctor is trying something to new because the old medication is not working. Dont forget that taking medication for so long our bodies will get a tolerance and the medication will become less effective. I have to try almost every medication in the book. The fact was my pain was getting worst and the medication was having less affect.
    Don't forget to explain your frustration to your doctor. No one understands or know your pain like you do , not even your doctor. Sometimes now telling them that this isn't working or how the medication is doing, they will assume that it is working. No complain no problem. I would ask your doctor why they are swapping and even long lasting medication vs. quick release. Oxycontin and Opana are slow releasing medication. These two work for a good while for me before i move on to fentayl. There has been several other medications before we got to these. Overall i am on a pain pump now. Good Luck
  • That certainly doesn't seem like an excessive amount of medication. Having a better diagnosis will most likely make it easier for your doctor to prescribe for you, but having to wait so long is just awful. Here in the states, we generally can see a general doctor fairly quickly. When it comes to seeing a specialist is when we usually have to wait months. I hope you get some help with your pain soon.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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