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Asking my doctor for increase

Jan 05, 2016 12:56 PM

Hello everybody, so I was wondering if anybody has had any advice on how to ask my doctor to increase my pain medication without sounding like a druggie or anything like that. I have been taking 15 mgs of oxycodone x4 a day. I feel like they only last about 4 hours instead of 6. I struggle everyday not to take another one.... I don't because I know at the end of the month I will be short and I cannot afford that... I have been on them for 3 years I have been on 15s for about a year now and I've never been short, I've never asked for an increase... I just don't want to sound desperate even though I kind of am... I live at a pain level of 10 every once in awhile I'll go low as 8 but that's every blue moon... please any positive help would be appreciated I don't abuse so please no negative feedback. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

Jan 05, 2016 1:00 PM

Try a nerve block medication called gabapentin pain meds mask what is really going on and cloud your mind.

Jan 05, 2016 1:02 PM

I have tried gabapentin I'm not able to take it for medical reasons. I do take the fentanyl patch as well I did forget to mention that in the post

Jan 05, 2016 1:13 PM

I have constant pain from RA and Lupus. I use Voltaren cream too. As a recovering Alcoholic I can't take anything narcotic so been trying all kinds of alternatives

Jan 05, 2016 1:34 PM

Try lyrica. I feel ya. I have yet to add any narc stronger than tramadol but after 8 mths I'm thinking about it.

Jan 05, 2016 1:44 PM

I really wouldn't increase that dosage because you don't want to damage your body any more than it already is. If I were in your shoes I would ask your doctor to recommend something else to take with it to help you. Maybe a muscle relaxer or an anti-depressant that helps with neurological pain. I really feel ya and hope you find some more relief!

Jan 05, 2016 8:23 PM

Momof2boys, I was going to suggest a muscle relaxer as well. I have RLS and even on nights it's not bothering me, my muscles are so right and painful, it takes a muscle relaxer to get my body to relax. I take an old one called Parafon Forte. I've used it since 1995. 😷🙏🌼

Jan 05, 2016 8:27 PM

I understand completely. I have RLS too and my muscles hurt so bad I can't walk. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jan 05, 2016 8:35 PM

Mimi, do you take a long term pain medication as well? Most doctors will prescribe two pain medications at the same time. The oxycodone 15 mg is considered a high dose if you are not a cancer patient. I disagree with that. I have been on much higher by an irresponsible doctor but I feel like a good dose for me would be 30 mg. but I know they won't due that. They also prescribe me Fentynal 50 mg patch for long term. They like to raise that pain drug over the short acting one. So let me know if you are taking a long acting pain medication.

Jan 05, 2016 8:36 PM

I meant to type momo

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