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Pain meds not working....what do I do?

aprilmarieaaprilmarie North Carolina Posts: 4
Hello everyone...I'm new here and recently posted about some new pain. I started having after my second fusion. I'm almost 6 months in and have been having an extremely painful spot in my mid-lower back. Needless to say I had an appt with a pain management dr today and she was really nice. I was given the same norco 10mg that I've been on for almost a month. I was taking it every 4 hours and she changed it to 3xs a day. They are only helping a tiny bit. I'm scared to tell them it's not working and I know I can't take more. I was already a little embarrassed to walk in the place. Everyone looked like zombies. What were anyone else's experiences with meds not working? What is the best way I can handle this. I'm really in alot of pain and it still getting me down.  Thanks for any input!
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,249
    Many times additional opioids is not the answer. There is a total set of pain management modules that everyone can use. I wrote The Blend several years ago. I talk about the different things that make up total pain management. Its not a cook book list, but a concept of what anyone can do.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,433
    why were you embarrassed to walk into the place? you are in pain and looking for help! Can you talk with your pain management doctor and see if you can put together a comprehensive program? sometimes changing up the pain drugs can help some people, for instance if one class isn't working anymore you might have got resistant to them....but your pain specialist should be able to help with that. Also, moving and strengthening or whatever else that may help (i'm not a doctor, and i don't know your whole situation-but your doctor is-both a doctor and knows your situation!!). i would try to talk with your doctor too, and see if there's something else you could be doing-ice, excersize, rest...um....whatever....maybe they will have some ideas too
    Kathy
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

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  • Hey April
    I was moved around until we found a workable combination.

    Other times, my body just got used to the meds and had to take less and less to see where i was at, then started the new meds.

    Dont be afraid to ask of your doctor
    Oftentimes we take it for granted they will know exactly whats going on.

    Be your own best advocate
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod
    erator

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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