I am new to this forum and so glad to have found it.
I have suffered with chronic pain due to broken Harrington Rods...
When I was 18, I was in a car wreck and my back was broken -
(apparently the L5 region)
this was in 1979 - and they placed Harrington Rods to "fuse" the break.
(I don't remember a lot of what went on with the surgery sadly enough)
my mother was alive then and handled most of the care -
apparently (I'll say that a lot)
they took some bone from my pelvic area to help in the fusion.
I have 2 scars on my back - 1 by the right pelvic area 1 down the middle of my back.
This surgery was very similar to what they did for patients with scoliosis...
I was fine after the surgery --
for about 20 years then ...
it happened - the pain pretty much started out of nowhere -
long story short - they finally found that the rods had broken away
from the initial site of placement -
Now - its 15 years later...
I've been in pain management for 14ish years -
the past 8 years I have been in the same practice -
I LOVED the practice - it was multi disciplinary (sp?)
I had chiropractic care - physical therapy - massage therapy
laser therapy - and a doctor was there for medication.
4 to 5 years ago a doctor came in and stayed.
Last year (2013) the owner of the practice left and all that
is left now is the pain medicine doctor -
I love him because I know him -
he is friendly, caring and he knows me.
But now -
for the first time in 8 years (well actually the past year)
my pain has increased from normal 2 to 5 pain levels
to a low side of 3 to 4 to a lot of 8-9 levels
I can deal with 3 to 5 ---
its the 8 and 9's I could live without.
I have been on the Fentanyl Patch 75 for 7 years ...
never an increase and I have actually cut back on
break thru meds - from 6 to 8 Vicodin to 2 percosets a day.
I'm really proud about that.
The past year ... I had an epidural and a S something injection?
(I know - I should know this a bit better...but I felt like they knew
what they were doing...I trust the dr's and they were helping me
a great deal) When I walked into this clinic 8 years ago -
I was in horrible shape -
no kidding - pain levels were 10 to 11 and I don't say that easily.
I feel like it is really important to place the number as correctly as possible
(yep, I'm a little OCD on top of everything else)
So I just do not say I'm a 10 if I am a 5 ... 6....7 ...
I've learned my lesson and now, I will pay closer attention to my care.
Here is my question ...
My doctor wants to insert one of the neurotransmitters in my back
as you can imagine ...
I'm a little funny about ANYTHING else going in and staying in my back.
Remember I have metal spewed thru my back ...
(No they cannot operate to remove them because of the scar tissue)
it could cause paralysis
call me crazy but I would rather have the patch increased.
I feel (and I know I could be wrong)
that the patch is what helped me the most in regards to medication.
I am very sensitive to medication ...
and believe me I was put on so many different medications those
first few years - from narcotics to Cymbalta to sleeping pills ...
ALL I take now is the percoset, patch, muscle relaxer, and diclofenac...
there are times when I don't have to even take the percosets
(usually the first day after I have put on a new patch)
here is my question -
wouldn't it be better to up the patch before implanting yet another
device in my back?
I know my doctor does not like the fentanyl -
he tells me how strong this dose is (75 mc)
but I feel like this isn't the case. I wish I could touch
someones hand and they could feel - what I feel.
I am not high off the fentanyl - it doesn't cause me any side effects ...
it just takes away the pain ...
Remember the dr now is not the dr who placed me on the patches...
he came into the practice 3 to 4 years after I was already there.
He has tried me on other medications - but left me on the patch
while doing so - even morphine tablets didn't help me.
Nuycenta altered my breathing - you could hear me wheezing in the other room
It did help my pain a bit - so I even tried it again a few months later ...
breathing problems again
Due to the many adverse effects of other medication -
I am soooo resistant to changing my current meds ...
I could tell you some stories ...
from being called TWICE "hi, listen this is DR _____ Office ...
stop taking the _________ right now...and come in to get
That was the Celebrex which actually was helping...
(that was like 9 to 10 years ago)
This happened other times too
Cymbalta ... I passed out for several months -
Never had fainted in my life -
well one night I was up late and hear the ad for Cymbalta -
it said "could cause light headedness and fainting!"
I tell the Dr (not the same one as now)
and guess what?
Fainting went away
So when I hear "lets change your patch"
I think about the past issues
So - what do you guys think?
IS fentanyl 75mc after 7-8 years without increase
considered a high dose? (With 2 percosets per day for breakthrough)?
Should I even consider this device BEFORE having the Fentanyl upped?
Am I wrong not to want to change my meds?
I know I am a creature of habit - I'm old now and
I'm now my grandmother! I don't like to change something that
isn't broken ...
I look forward to your thoughts ...