I'm currently taking 60 mg of Oxycontin per day. My PM no longer believes in giving meds for breakthrough pain. That's what is putting me down right now! The Oxycontin does okay for most days, but if I over do it, stand too long or sit too long, it flares the pain up considerably.
The NP I see said she would adjust my maintenance drug to something stronger therefore keeping the chances of breakthrough less. Most likely, I will go on Opana next month.
Question - should I ask for a referral to see a different doctor that does prescribe for breakthrough pain for when I need the extra help or stay medicated with stronger drugs all the time?
I'm almost getting to the point where working a full time job and managing my pain is getting hard to do. My employer has already made concessions based on my medication and I'm not sure how much further they will allow.
If my PM would simply change his approach to prescribe for breakthrough pain, it would make things so much easier. I really like his staff and they work with me very well. I will hate changing doctor's, but I'm beginning to think that's what I may need to do.
I've read a lot about Opana and I'm not sure it sounds right for me. I'm only 46 and I'm afraid taking stronger meds at my age is going to be problematic as I get older.
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2