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Oxycontin no longer working after yrs of us.

MicheleGMMicheleG Posts: 1
edited 03/05/2014 - 9:32 PM in Pain Medications
Hi PM doctors,
. I am a 45yr old woman that has had two back surgeries that had failed. I have had every procedure out there including 4 level ablasion which hurt more then helped! An injection that worked (Caudil inj) worked great then stopped
Grrr. So I requested a back MRI and a pelvis MRI. I saw my surgian and he.suggested that I havep a SI joint fusion . Which I do not want currently.
Well I am on a monthly medication of Oxycontin..currently taking it four times a day ( 1- 60mg 2-50mg 1-40mg) and they are no longer working. My pain Dr. Was decreasing my by 10mgs except for winter months. I.am so very.confused.on a few issues here......1. Why aren't they working any longer..yes I have been on a oxycodone Meds for yrs. But my brain says 4-times a day they should be working! 2. Why if I'm hurting ao badly is my Dr.decreasing me and why ? I just don't understand - I'm in pain here and trying to be positive but truthfully.getting harder and harder to get out of bed or move. I really need suggestions on what to do! Should I trust her that's she's got my back with my pain or find another clinic? Why arent they working anymore.

Please I really Need HELP! :( :(



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  • Your body gets used to opioids so your body needs them just to stay normal. Opioids change your body chemistry thats why you have withdrawals as your body needs more to keep it normal. It's why people get addicted , they don't get high anymore, just have bad withdrawals if they stop using it and it's why they will do anything to get it to stop withdrawal pain.

    So even though it kills the pain normally you have to increase your medications. Your PM will be well aware of this so you will have to ask her and tell her if you have more pain and are not coping well. It sucks having to take opioids as you do become dependant but for me if they ease the pain I can have a bit of a life, even if it's not nearly the same as before.

    It is true there are other strategies you can use and painkillers are only one of a mix of modalities. I could not cope without meds but I don't like being addicted to them either. It's a Catch 22 situation.
  • Being on a steadily decreasing dosage, it would be likely to not work as well as your dosage gets lower. Or it could be that your body is getting used to the medication.

    I don't know why your doctor is reducing your meds, but I suggest you ask him.
  • There is a big difference between being addicted and physically dependent. I also am dependent on my meds, I am sure most of us here are, but that does not mean we are addicted. Addicted means to take them to get high, among other things. Taking them for legitimate pain is not the actions of an addicted person.

    The only reason I bring this up is because I would hate for a new member to begin thinking that they are addicted to their medication when they really are not. There is no other intent to my post, don't want anyone to get offended.
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