I've been taking Tramadol, Oxycodone, Valium, Nurofen (otc) and Amitriptyline so far for my ruptured disc and I'm in week 4 now. I'm waiting on a quote for surgery and am also still not completely decided on if it's to go ahead. I've set a mark for the 6 week point to have my decision made about the surgery, and if I'm going ahead with it get everything in order financially and set a date at that point.
My meds have been worked out for me by the hospital I was admitted to when I had big problems at the start of this bout, as well as by the spinal surgeon I've been consulting with. I've had no issues getting scripts because I've been seeing doctors so frequently over the past 3 weeks. Now though I have hit a point where for awhile it's a waiting game where I just need to rest and keep the meds up until everything is sorted out. I don't know how long the wait will be from when I confirm I want the surgery but imagine I could be waiting for awhile. ..and if I don't opt for surgery I could need meds still for a fair while too.
I've been to a GP today because I had run out of a couple of meds (oxy and tramadol). I'd survived sort of ok without the Tramadol for a couple of days so I worked out changing some things around with the GP. I've cut out the Tramadol and opted if the pain gets bad to just take normal Paracetamol in addition to the Oxycodone. I've also replaced the otc Nurofen for a better prescription only anti-inflamatory which should help overall. The Valium and Amitriptyline stays the same. I'm fine with all of this...
...BUT, I've now discovered a big problem for me with the Oxycodone. I'm now on two 5mg tablets every 6 hours (8 tablets a day), that's working ok for me and doctor agrees that's what I need. The law here though (QLD, Australia) will only allow a GP to prescribe a maximum of 1 box of 20 5mg tablets. I hadn't realized this because the amounts I was being given overlapped with doctors visits with all the MRI, follow ups and everything going on. 20 tablets is only going to last me 2 and a half days?!? I can't legally phone through scripts or have anyone else collect a script for me so now I have to travel to a doctor 3 times a week purely for a peice of paper. The doctor fully agrees this is completely ridiculous and unreasonable but her hands are tied.
I have trouble just moving around the house to do the basics like going to the toilet and a trip to the doctors although achievable is a very painful experience. I have managed it so far to sort out the MRI and everything but I thought it would now slow down. I'm not even really meant to be sitting, only lying down and moving around every few hours for a few minutes so I can allow the nerve to settle down (under advice of the surgeon and hospital). Siting in a car and a doctors waiting room is really a fair ordeal for me and I don't know if I can keep doing it over and over.
Is the slow release form something that's likely to work just as well for me?
I didn't even think to ask about that while I was there as I'm tied, not thinking strait and I was in shock hearing I'd need to go 3 times a week. I'm sure if it would work ok the doctor surely would have to be able to prescribe a script that will last longer then 2 and a half days. The GP is fully understanding of my situation and knows I require strong pain medication.
I have friends who had a very serious motorcycle accident that both take Oxycodone also and they have theirs prescribed by the month, but they are confirmed as having chronic pain for life (shattered pelvis' etc etc) and I don't think I can do the same in my situation. I don't have a pain management doctor or anything like that here I only see GP's and the surgeon. The surgeon was also only prescribing me boxes of 20 so I imagine he's bound under the same law, even if he's not I couldn't get or afford appointments with him purely to get scripts.
Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas on what I might be able to look at doing, or anything I could suggest/discuss with my GP? Three car trips a week is just craziness.
Thanks in advance for any replies,