I am new to the forum. I am 39 years old. I was in a wreck 10 years ago and broke C1-C7. I also have degenerative disk disease in my lower back. Several surgeries were performed to reconstruct my neck.
I am currently going to pain management and am prescribed; 75 micrograms of Fentanyl. 15 Milligrams of Oxycodone 4 times daily. Botox injections in neck every 3 months for torticollis. Muscle relaxers, meds for sleep, and meds for anxiety and depression.
My question is, does anyone else have issues with the pain medecine wearing off prematurely? The meds that I am prescribed do not give me relief for the time prescribed. Fentanyl patches only last 36 hours, when they are supposed to last 48 hours. Pain pills last 4 hours when they are supposed to last 6. Injections only provide 6 weeks of relief when they are supposed to help for 3 months.
I am interested in discussing an intracatheter drug pump with my doctors as an alternative to all of the prescribed medication. I am hopeful that this will give me more consistent and steady pain relief.
If anyone has experienced these same situations, or has moved from pain meds to a drug pump, your input would be greatly appreciated.View Thread
Thank you for your advise! I am wondering how you went about bringing the topic of the pain pump up to your doctor? I have done exstensive research on the Medtronic drug pump and it looks like the way to go. Also, am I supposed to tell my doctor about options or isn't it his job to keep me informed of various treatments? It's all so frustrating and maddening! I have suffered with cronic pain for 13 years and I will be 40 in sept. I have no quality of life other than moving from bed to couch and from couch to bed. I feel like I'm in the body of an 80 year old. But even my 90 year old great grandmother still drives, gardens, and keeps her house up. I'm so depressed. Thank you so much for your reply and I wish you good luck and good health!View Thread
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