I had gastric bypass surgery 10 yrs ago and was diagnosed with my first pain condition (fibromyalgia). It's common knowledge that people who've had this surgery don't absorb pills in the same way a patient who hasn't had the surgery.
We don't absorb the medicine fully and the affects don't last. In order to control my pain, I have to take 1.5 to double the amount prescribed to feel any relief and the relief only lasts approximately for two hours, yet, I'm supposed to take them every 4-6 hours. I'm also on the fentanyl transdermal patch, which was recently decreased from 75 mcg to 25 mcg. And sometimes the Oxycodone doesn't show up on the drug test even though I know I took it.
My question is, does anyone know of studies I could present to my pain doctor? Or any advice on how to effectively communicate this with him?
With the opioid epidemic, it's getting increasingly difficult to ask for what I need. At this point, I feel like I'll never get the relief I need.