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Prescription not helping pain

busdriver733busdriver733 Posts: 3
edited 11/15/2014 - 5:09 AM in Pain Medications
I have a prescription for percocet 5/325 which wasn't helping helping the pain unless I took 4 of them and I still wasn't sleeping more than 2 or 3 hours. My doctor switched me to 5 mg valium to see if that would help me sleep, I took one at a time an hour apart, until finally 3 helped me get to sleep. This was without taking any percocet.

My doctor seems to think one valium at night and one percocet during the day is okay, and it does nothing. I have a month until I see the spine specialist for the first time. Do I just keep telling my GP that the pain is still too much until I get what works? I've never been in a situation like this, I never take anything more than advil, and I've been toughing this out for 11 years now. At this point, I can't be up walking around for more than 20 minutes before I have to sit down, and it is so excruciating that I will lay down on the sidewalk if I have to!

I had my first MRI last week which said advanced degenerative disc and facet disease, Modic Type I endplate changes, protrusion, annular fissure, bulges, etc, etc, 2 pages long. It seems pretty bad to me, but the most my GP would say was the results were "significant" and that's all he would say. I've been dealing with pain since 2002, just managing it best I can by sitting as much as possible, but that doesn't work anymore.

I'm just so exhausted, this constant, unrelenting pain is slowly wearing me down. I haven't worked in six months, and I don't see any real light at the end of the tunnel. My family history with back issues is awful, my grandfather had surgery at 45 (my age) and he never walked right again.

Thanks for listening.


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 11/15/2014 - 5:17 AM
    , increasing doses beyond what/the amount you are prescribed is considered self medicating and it is dangerous and can be lethal.
    It also only serves to increase your tolerance at a very rapid rate, and soon no amount of pain medication will be helpful for you.
    Self medicating is illegal, and doctors don't tolerate patients who increase their doses on their own, without the permission of the doctor FIRST. They expect that the patient is going to follow the dosing directions EXACTLY, and call them if there is an issue.
    Try ice, or heat, rest, walking, distraction, breathing excercises, a frozen bag of peas in the painful areas, or a sock filled with instant rice heated in the microwave........some simple stretches, all help to ease pain.
    Topical, over the counter creams, rubs, and ointments are available in pharmacies to help ease the pain.
    Running out of medications that are meant to last you 30 days is a red flag to doctors that you don't follow the directions given to you, and can result in your not being given any pain medications or benzodiazepenes from this point on.


  • Does a back brace help you? I take a small amount of lorazepam to help me sleep, but that's similar to valium.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    edited 11/15/2014 - 6:03 AM
    to changing the dosage (Time, number) of medications that have been prescribed for you.
    The doctor wrote the prescriptions based on clinical examinations, diagnostic tests and human observations.

    If they say 1 pill is enough and you say 3 is not enough, there there is a problem. But you can not make any change
    because you want to to deal with your pain. If the problem is severe enough, you need to contact your doctor to discuss this and explain why you need more.

    So many people get to wrapped up in pain medications and things that will knock them out. Pain management is a complete package. Take a look at The Blend. That is the package that people who really need to manage and control their pain work towards.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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