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I'm 40 years old. 185lbs. 8% body fat. I own a detailing and pressure washing business. I work out anywhere from three to four times a week and do various outdoor activities. In other words I'm pretty healthy. May of last year I went to my doctor with excruciating lower back pain leading into my leg down to my left foot. MRI confirmed that I had and L5 S1 severe herniation along with an L4 L5 minor herniation. Since I cannot have surgery immediately I sought the help of a pain management doctor has referred to by my physician. For the first two months I took four percocets 10/ 325 per day. As my Pain increased they added Nucynta ER 150 milligrams twice per day. All was tolerable until I spoke to a few people about a fentanyl patch and that it helped the constipation that the Nucynta caused. It seemed to have worked but over the last six weeks I seem to have went into withdrawals coming off the high dose of nucynta into the lower dose of Fentanyl 25mcg. I went to my doctor yesterday after an ER visit for withdrawals early Saturday morning where they added a 50 microgram patch on top of the 25 to Aid with withdrawal. And it worked. My doctor told me that I was already on the highest dose possible for the severe pain that I had it made me feel like a drug addict when every day I still work sometimes 7 days per week. I just wanted to get everyone's opinion to see if I am own too low of a dose the right those or too high of a dose. He told me withdrawals were normal and to suck it up. In my opinion I went way down in dosage per medicine. Please let me know what you all think.
By the way I have had 5 epidurals since May in which none of them last longer