About 18 months ago I finally went to the doctor regarding my back pain. MRI & Cat Scans revealed bone spurs on nearly every vertebrae and the lowest disc is compressed.
I was sent to a Pain Management facility and started on 7.5/500 Lortabs....90 per month.
Over the course of the last year or so, we have stepped it up to 10/500 Lortabs...180 per month (6 per day).
**My Pain doctor has said that this is the legal maximum that he can prescribe. I am in Las Vegas, NV.**
I am to the point now in my tolerance that I am taking 2 in the morning, and then 5 more throughout each day....but if you have been following with the math...I don't have enough.
Before I go back to my Pain doctor on Friday, I wanted to talk to my peers about the options.
The thing is that I *like* the Hydrocodone. It doesn't impair me in anyway, and simply takes the pain down tremendously. I just need about 30 more per month....but if this is the limit, then I'm not sure what to do.
My brother lives in Reno, NV and is prescribed FAR more of the same pills. The difference is that he sees a family physician and not a Pain Specialist. Is there a difference in what they can prescribe?
My other thought is...if qty 180 *is* the maximum for 10/500 Lortab....perhaps I should ask for something like Percocet qty 30 to take in the morning, and then follow up with Hydrocodone throughout the day?
I am hesitant to step-up beyond Hydrocodone to the more powerful Oxycodone...But, if it can cut down on the amount of Acetaminophen my liver processes daily, I'm sure that would be better for me in the long run.
Any advice or information is very appreciated.