I started in Pain Management about 2 months ago after years of being looked at like I was a whiner or even less savory things. My current regimen is (1) 25mcg Duragesic every 72 hrs (1) 12mcg Duragesic every 72 hrs and (1) 5mg Oxycodone every 6 hrs for breakthrough pain. This is after 14 years of prescriptions of muscle relaxers, NSAIDs, other narcotics etc. I now suffer from peptic ulcer disease from long term use of NSAID therapy. With my current medications my pain levels are still at a 7-8 most days with it going through the roof if I am late with my breakthrough medication. Occasionally I get better times where I could all it is 6-7 but those are few and far between.
I guess my question is where should my expectations be? I know that I will never be pain free, but should I be getting more relief? I''m so afraid of telling my doctors my "real feelings" because I'm haunted by the memories of the way I've been treated though the years.
L1/L2 compression fractures due to MVA in 2000.