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I made a post about this a few days ago but it was really long, so this is short and sweet:
Has anyone recently been denied an increase of pain meds (Schedule 2 narcotics - morphine, oxycontin, percocet, fentanyl, etc) OR been told that they MUST cut down to a certain amount by their Pain Management Clinic?
I was taking 90-95mg Oxycodone per day for chronic pain after 5 lumbar surgeries (including 2 fusions) did little to nothing. I've recently blown another disc and my pain has worsened so I asked 2 visits ago for a slight increase (I've never asked for MORE narcs in 2 years). I was told no. They are under close supervision by CDC/FDA/whoever and nobody with chronic pain - unless they have cancer - can take more than 120 MME. 80mg Oxycodone/day = 120 MME (there are websites with MME calculators). So, not only could I not have an increase, I was told I had to DECREASE my dose to 80mg from the 90-95mg I was taking. Pain, withdrawals - nothing else matters. Everyone with Chronic Pain is now lumped into one category and it seems that the "CDC has determined that anything above 120 MME will not help with pain". I was given 300mg of Tramadol to help me compensate for the difference. 300mg of Tramadol is 30 MME, but Tramadol, being a Schedule IV drug, doesn't seem to count towards the total MME value.
I live in Arizona and I'm REALLY curious who else has been told this recently. Anyone?