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I have a injury to my t-spine and neck I just started pain management leading up to this I was seen by neurosurgeons being I'm not a candidate at this time they had me start the pain management I have been prescribed oxycodone 5/325 2 every four hours as needed now the first script the NP prescribed is only 1 every four hours as needed quantity of 60 I know it's not going to be enough since 2 every four hours and as needed was just barely cutting I did t realize the script was this few until I had it filled what should I do if/when they run out early, as it is now I kno it's only gonna last roughly 15 days


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  • by the patient before leaving the doctors office and if there are any questions, you should make sure to clarify the dosing schedule before you leave. Since the new directions on the bottle are to take one tablet , then you can only take one tablet, as often as they are directed. Most prescriptions are for a 30 day time period, so if you were given 60 tablets, then it would be one tablet every 12 hours......
    If I were you, I would call and clarify the dosing schedule and dosage, because if you take them as the old dose, you will run out some two weeks early and doing that is enough to get you dismissed from receiving further pain medication.
  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 01/25/2014 - 8:37 PM
    Go back to your GP and tell him.her how much pain you are in. Take someone with you to verify the pain.

    Do a pain chart - one side - what you were doing - other side pain level 1 - 10. It also helps as it shows you what you need to be careful of. You need to say what has happened to your thoracic spine - what tests you have had and type of pain. I looked up your medical profile on this site and couldn't find anything. If you give more information about what happened to your cervical and thoracic spine that would help.

    Thoracic injuries are not common so you have to be open here. Not many Drs know about thoracic so I had to do all my own research. So you need to research as well becuase not many doctors see thoracic injuries especially at higher levels as they are very hard to damage as they are attached to your rib cage. Most bad thoracic injuries are caused through trauma like a bad fall or a motor vehicle accident. If they can't operate you need to find out why - what levels are involved - you will probably find Drs who will not believe the pain you are in.

    You really need to be straight with your Dr as if you don't talk to them they will cut you off if you take twice the amount.

    What tests have you had done - what was the result - what did they find?
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