I'm new here~and I have been suffering for many months now, from symptoms of "withdrawal," as my family Dr. just explained to me at a recent visit. Though he seemed very shocked by what my new "pain Dr." has done with me, as far as tapering pain medication (too fast, he says) which I've taken for over 13 years, he is simply sending me for numerous lab tests, asap, due to serious stomach pains & bruises I now have, & my very high blood pressure and constant nausea.
I have so much pain in my lower back now!! ALL day & night, everyday. (from spinal fracture I had many yrs ago & multiple conditions it had caused) & I have fibromyalgia & arthritis, too.
I am just curious if anyone else has dealt with a long term tapering from high-dose of Oxycontin?? (and also, oxy IR) I have taken 225mg.of Oxycontin/oxycodone, for past 13 years...until one day last winter..when my long time Dr. "released me from his care." (out of the blue?!) Was told he was no longer dealing with any "chronic pain patients," and he advised me to find a "pain management Dr." I was terrified about what would happen to me, and to make my VERY LONG story, a shorter one...I'm now stuck with a new Dr, who truly doesn't care about my pain, nor does he care much about anything else, other than "stopping ALL pain medication," completely?! I have records showing I have NEVER taken more medication than my Dr. ordered in 13 years, and I have asked what the alternative would be, but I get no reply~only laughter? I'm in a terrible situation, knowing I need a good Dr..but after trying to find a new Dr. for a month before loosing old Dr, due to Insurance and short amount of time I had, I was left with no choice, but to deal with the Dr. that I now have. He's taken me from 225 mg of Oxy & Oxy IR, down to current 75mg, since April of this yr. I had been taking 3- 60mg Oxy ER and 3-15mg oxycodone IR daily, when I had to leave my original Dr./ neurologist, and I'm now on only 2-20 mg Oxy ER and 3-15mg oxycodone IR daily. (and in a world of pain..feeling beyond depressed..especially being a mother, who can't do much at all now~when I'm all they have!!)
At my next appt, this Dr. says he's taking away the Oxycontin all together...and will just be on 5-15mg oxy IR. Does anyone have advise OR experience with tapering from long term pain medication? I hope I'll be okay, but days like this one~I truly wonder?! I feel so lousy all the time, and I'M HURTING!!! Thank you to anyone listening 225mg of Oxycontin a day! That is an amazing HUGE dosage. I'd have no idea on how to tamper down from that. But normal Oxycontin 40-80 dosages a day (for xxx years) always involves a doctor providing the action. 80 2x day, 80 xday, 60x day 60-2x week, 40-3x week, 40-2xweek, 10-3xweek, 10-2xweek, 10-1xweek, 0... Or something along those lines. But it needs to be done under doctor supervision, not doing it on your on.
Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator 10/19/15