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What is the next step above hydrocodone 10/325?
Tomorrow I go to the pain doctor. For the last 4 months I have been seeing a neurosurgeon who took over my pain medications because I was going to have surgery. I was 3 days away from having surgery when I started having chest pains and I had to postpone. Discovered it was due to a medication I was on and some other interactions going on.
I will be rescheduling, but in the mean time, I can't manage with the pain meds that I have. I used to have tramadol for breakthrough pain but I stopped taking that because it didn't help. So all I have is hydrocodone. I have a grade 4 tear in L4/L5 and I have already been down the path of aqua therapy, regular therapy, chiropractor, etc.
I know there are so many pain meds out there, and I know better than to suggest a certain one to the doctor, but I am just curious as to what the next one (or several) are in line? Especially with recent crack downs.
I, like everyone, am just so tired of being in pain. Currently my script reads "Take 1-2 pills every 4-6 hours as needed for pain" and the qty is 150. So I interpret that as I can take 6 pills a day? If I am reading that right, it means it is a 25 day script. I can't just take 1 pill at a time, that doesn't do anything. If I take 2 at once, it works for about 2 hrs, then the next 2 hrs I am putting ice packs on, biofreeze, doing meditation, back brace,etc, just so I can make it to the next dose. So If I take 2 at 8am, I am ready for 2 at 12noon, then last dose at 4pm which means I am in pain from 6pm all through the night until the next morning. It is torture.
Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.