A little background as many of you already know.
My previous PM doctor prescribed 900 mg of tapendatol for the month. I would always take one or two at night as well which is why I took 900 mg. I take this for muscle and nerve pain from a blood cell disorder that causes neuropathy, muscle and nerve pain that is severe and debilitating.
My new doctor who I have been seeing a little while now prescribes 600 mg of tapendatol but I told him it is hard for me to stay at 600 mg a day because I am used to taking at night. I mean, sometimes it is either that or go to the ER.the pain can be agonizing. I have even called in times of struggling.
So I did fail one test and I explained why this is happening before they brought it up with me. He was ok and so we tried other medications to get me through the night to no avail. So the struggle continues.
I had another recent appointment and had another urine test at the end of the appointment and I know I will fail again. The bad news is that I will have to explain again that I ran out about 3 days early due to this nighttime struggle. The good news is that I finally have it to the 600 mg as this secondary medication is starting to work at night although some nights are still a struggle. I have forced myself to not wake up and take the tapendatol at night so the next time I see them I will be on target. I was even thinking I should bring with me, any of the medication I have remaining and let them know this next test will come back good. He knows I have been struggling with this. I talked about this with my psychologist and my PM doctor knows. The PM is very nice and understanding. I am just worried this will be the end and will be cut off due to me Ben a problem. I should have mentioned something at the last appointment. I just hope I have a chance to explain and another chance. Maybe I should write the doctor a letter explaining the struggle. I know part of this is dependence cause I notice I get tired between doses, as if withdrawal symptoms start.