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I take 20 mg oxycotin 4 times a day

Just wondering many people are on oxycotin?


  • EvsolutionsEEvsolutions Posts: 21
    edited 01/10/2015 - 11:50 PM
    Hey mate,
    Yep I have been on 20mg oxy twice a day plus 5mg instant release oxy when needed for 12 months. I had surgery,12 level fusion, on Dec 1 and am now on 20 mg oxy twice day plus 20 mg instant release oxy 3 times a day. Getting the instant release oxy tapered down next week. Works well for me I am comfortable in the day and pre surgery it allowed me to be functional and work hard at my business and get me through the day, then allow me to sleep at night. However I am we'll aware of the battle I have getting off oxy in next few months as my surgery heals. I have spoken at length with my doc about this and he says it will be hard but we will just wean it down slowly. Have you ever gone without accidentally? I went on family holidays and forgot to pack them, it was only 2 days until my doc faxed an approval to local doc on holidays so I could get them and man I was withdrawing, not overly bad like a movie would portray it but I was tearing/watery eyes, yawning, dry mouth but bringing up bile and super irritable. It worried me heaps what I am in for but if we can do it right hopefully il be ok
  • MikethepikeMMikethepike MIchiganPosts: 677
    I have been thinking about backing down
    But I am going to Chicago in about 2 weeks or less
    Looking to do some stem cell therapy
    Also they are talking about putting me on kartine
    I am seeing a specialist there about my myelomalacia
    Thanks again evs
    God bless

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  • Im sure that most people here take some kind of pain medicine, but it takes more than a hefty dose of pain meds to combat the daily struggle of controlling chronic pain...I personally, utilize the benefits of a hot soak flavored with Epsom salt and baking soda. I like to use my TENS followed by a hot rice sock or a ice pack, I have an arthritis cream prescribed my by PM that has different meds along with a numbing agent in it, that is one of my best friends. Physical therapy can make a world of difference-even after PT ended for me, I still continue to do the stretches I was taught. I have taught my husband to do the hip and sacrum manipulation that my therapist did. The only thing I cant manage to duplicate at home is the traction that I received while in therapy-I see my PM tomorrow and I'm considering asking if its possible that I can go back in for a few more sessions of traction. There are also trigger point releases that a trained therapist can do that helps oh so much. There are also injections one can benefit from, I have. there is RFA (radiofrequency ablation) I have gotten relief from this as well, this last one is wearing off-I can tell it's time to do it again. The first one gave me 5 months of much needed relief and the last one done in September. Staying active, in my opinion, is the best thing you can do for spine pain. Walking is great.

    So, yes, as pain meds can and do offer pain relief, there are things we can do to help ourselves even more. I mentioned just a few. Also, I might add, a positive attitude can help to-I know sometimes that can be easier said that done, as some days can be more painful than others--one day at a time ;-)
  • I have been on Oxycontin ER 60mg 2 times a day for about 6 years-Over 15yrs ago I started on 10mg and increase over time-I was on 40mg 3x/day for a few years until the DEA wouldn't allow that dosage it to be given that way-It worked much better at 3times a day than twice a day. I have tried a lot of different long acting medications over the years and the Oxycontin works best for me.

    Due to tolerance issues and not wanting to increase dosage, last year I opted to stop all meds for a month. The withdrawals were not as bad as I had expected, however, I was given other meds to help and so that made a big difference I am sure. I wouldn't want to try that without them.
    By stopping all narcotics for a month-helped a lot and I did try lower dosage when I started back on my meds and within 2 months back on the dosage of 60mg q 12h and Norco 10/325 2 tab 3x/day-It sure made a difference in my quality of life and it worked so much better-It also helped me realize that I was not addicted, however, I am dependent-but that is normal and expected with long term use of narcotics for chronic pain issues. I am so glad I did it and plan to do it again in the next 5yr or so.

    I am lucky I have an awesome pain management team
  • No worries,
    Don't back down if it is not advised. Oxy has a bad rap but it works great if used properly. Pre op i was busy with family and business and taking a load of different pills and other pain relief options/exercises/gadgets was not for me. I took one 20mg oxy in morn and 1 at night and got on with my life, it worked great. A good quality, strong tablet that worked . It is a great weapon in the arsenal of pain management . I hope you trip to Chicago has some results for you mate. It sounds like you are doing it tough, one of the best partners in conjunction with the meds is a positive attitude, or at least a glass half full attitude to day to day things and don't sweat the small stuff, whatever, just roll with it and stay as positive as possible ans celebrate the smallest of victories. Good luck mike, let me know how you go in Chicago
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