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New here ~ from Tramadol to Morphine in 10 days

WildewomanWWildewoman Posts: 30
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Pain Management
Short story of me:

2 weeks ago - woke up with screaming pain in butt & down my leg. Dr. ordered tramadol. No relief.

Went to see her the next day - in tears - got a shot of dilaudid (sp?) helped. Got a prescription for percocet. No relief.

Next day got oxycontin & muslce relaxers & a referall to a specialist. He ordered Predinison & Neurontin.

Last night Dr. called - I'm still in pain & she has ordered Morphine.

Does this sound like the usual progression of meds??

Thanks so much!!


  • first has your doctor done or ordered any tests like MRI/CT bone scan bloods etc?? before strong drugs are issued you normally have to have a firm diagnosis .i was on 30/500mg codeine .paracetamol for years until it was not doing anything pain wise and i had many tests and 2 operations {now waiting for a fusion} and taking oxycontin and oxynorm {both are stronger than morphine BUT morphine lasts longer in your system .the reason i am on oxycontin and oxynorm rather than generic morphine is my doctor would have to give me massive amounts of morphine and when taken via the oral route its strength is lost in your stomach compared with IV morphine and in the UK they don't give home patients IV morphine unless you have a terminal illness and Macmillan nurse come to see you .so yes i did it a bit strange that you have gone to morphine in a very short amount of time {unless you have not told us everything!}
  • Morphine isn't stronger than oxycontin or oxycodone, it's just different- and some people respond better to one than another.

    But as you are finding, opiates are not always so good with nerve pain. The medication you're taking for nerve pain is Neurontin, and I'm surprised he hasn't changed that one out for you rather than just pushing the analgesics. Has he mentioned a pain management specialist? How long have you been on the neurontin?
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  • Yes - he ordered a spine x-ray showed severe DDD with other issues. The MRI is Thursday (had to wait for insurance apporval)

    PT has also been ordered - but he wants the pain under control first, which it is not.

    I have been on the neurotin for 6 days.

    Thanks so much!!
  • Oh, only 6 days- then it's barely getting started! Give it a chance to ramp up to a good dosage and get working :) Good luck!

  • Another option that might help is Lyrica. I've found that people seem to be good with one or the other. I am so sorry you are hurting so bad. It is good to see that your doctors are engaged in your issues and pain. Please keep us posted. I hope the MRI's and such turn out good. Fingers crossed. *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • happyHBmom said:
    Oh, only 6 days- then it's barely getting started! Give it a chance to ramp up to a good dosage and get working :) Good luck!

    My Doctor said to start with 1 pill at night (neurontin) - then increase it by 1 pill each night until the pain is gone. I am up to 6 pills a night!! I feel better this morning - but don't know if it is the morphine or the neurontin.

    I'm just glad that I was able to sleep more than an hour or 2.

    How long do most stay on the neurontin? Until the acute pain is gone??

    Thanks for all the support!!
  • Your doctor will talk to you about your options. I've been on my nerve medication for quite a while, though, since my injury is permanent- a lot will depend on how all of your tests and such turn out!

    So glad you're feeling better! Your doctor seems to be doing well by you :) You can't just start taking Neurontin at a full dose all at once, it will knock you on your butt!
  • I saw the specilaist today - he wants to do a cortizone injection into my back on Tuesday. He said that this will relieve the pain.

    I am really anxious about this - but need pain relief.
  • They have helped many people, hopefully it will help you!
  • This is all happening very fast for me.

    As I have said - 3 weeks ago - I was running 3 miles day, doing hot yoga - fit as a fiddle.

    Now I am on so many meds that my DH & I have a notebook on the table to keep track. And now we are talking about having a needle stuck into my spine.

    I am scared & worried & in so much pain that I think I would agree to anything at this point.

    sigh . . . . . .
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