Hope everyone is well. Ive been dealing with severe lower back and leg pain due to a herniated dis for years. Right now I take tizanidine(doesn't help), gabapentin(worthless), aleve(a little).klonopin .5mg 4x/day(joke), Percocet 10/325 four/day(has helped more than anything), and just got switched from mscontin 15mg 2x/day to methadone 10mg twice a day.
In May I had a Lumbar Disc Replacement using the Prodisc L and I have regretted it ever since. The pain in my back and my legs is worse and now Im gonna need diapers.(25 yrs old).
Anyways to my point, the methadone has been helping a little bit by making the electric shock burning in my legs les severe and has made the constant sharp pain at the point of the implant more bearable. But I keep getting these episodes of take your breathe away type pain and have to take 2 sometimes 3 out of the 4 Percocet Im prescribed a day at once to not be in tears wanting to blow my head off.
The thing is though I don't want to take so many pills a day, I already take 6. PM doc talked about rotating me to dilaudid but the IV dilaudid they gave me in the hospital left me in agony the entire time, so then he changed the morphine to methadone which helps a bit more but id like to be comfortable for once. I haven't got a full night sleep in years. Does anyone know of a medication with the pain killing abilities of Percocet that is a little stronger, because taking 3 Percocet cant be good for the body. I just know very little about meds and am going to my PM doc Thursday and would like to bring some first hand patient knowledge with me.
Thank you all hope everybody has a pain free day.