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Hello all; I am asking for your help and/or advice. I had two spinal surgeries a year ago and have been in Chronic pain ever since. I had spinal stenosis and was told that I could be paralysed soon if I did not have a cervical fusion. I was at 78% blockage at that point. OK So since then I have been living a totally dfferent life, a life full of pain, fear, limitations, anxiety, and depression. Right now I have been on Oxycodone 10/325 for a year. I am up to taking 150 of them per month along with anxiety meds, depression meds, muscle relaxers!!! 18 months ago I barely took an asprin. My question and concerns are that the oxycodone is not working anymore. I am scared to ask my doctor for anything else. What I would like to do is replace it wth somethng that will work. I do not know what this would be and how to ask. I have recently moved from AZ to CA and have only seen my doctor one time. My muscles are twitching all night to the point I can not sleep, my pain is constantly a 6-7 with meds and I can not live like this anymore. Any suggestions for coming off the meds, asking for what will work, help n anyway. Doc suggestions for the Modesto area would be great tool. I am slipping fast and do not know how much longer I can take it and how to fix it.... Thanks for the help,

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Hi, first time here and I have a lot of questions about my medications... I was taking percocet 7.5/325 every 4 hrs and tramadol every 6 hours along with 900 mgs of neurontin for nerve pain and a host of other crap...I was having terrible trouble controlling my pain during flares and at night time..It's like a switch gets turned on and the pain in my shoulder /neck gets so out of control, it makes me almost hysterical it gets so bad.....during the day it was controlled somewhat but the constant up and down times of the percocet and the almost obsessive way I had to wait until I could take another dose makes me crazy... it made me feel like a drug addict..My family doctor had been pushing for me to try the long-acting meds but I was so scared of being on them and frankly I was in denial that this pain was going to magically disappear.. I couldn't take it anymore and saw my doctor last Weds... we discussed the long acting meds and she thought it would manage my pain so much better vs the up and down cycle of the short-acting percocet.. I have no insurance so she had me call around to get prices form my pharmacy for the ones she thought would work best..At $ 26.64 for 60 MS Contin ER that was the winner and I started them Friday... She also gave me a prescription for 60 percocet to only take when I desperately need it until I adjust to the MS Contin ER... So far I am liking the relief I am getting it makes the pain much more manageable during the day that my exhaustion isn't nearly as severe because of the uncontrolled pain but I am still having the terrible problem with the night time pain... I also noticed I actually only seem to get 8 hours of relief instead of the 12 hours I am suppose to...That's question number one... will the MS Contin ER last longer the longer I'm on it, it's only been 31/2 days ??? Number 2 I am frightened because after this 60  percocet is gone I will no longer be prescribed it or anything like it and I need it several times a day...( again it's only been 3.5 days ) I am already down to waking up at night once instead of every 3.5 hrs... so the MS Contin ER IS working but will it improve to the point that I won't need the percocoet anyhow ?? Also I noticed that when I hit about 12 hours from my last dose of percocet I get nauseous and get a pretty significant headache.. Could this be withdraw from the percocet even though I am on the Ms Contin ER  and will it go away soon or is it just a side-effect from the MS Contin ?? It seems that if it was the MS Contin ER it would be constant ??? Thank you for any advice in advance I would really apprecite the help ... my pharmacist looked at me like I had 3 heads when I asked her these questions... she said well all I can tell you is what is in the inset , I have no personal experience with them ???? I thought they would know this kind of stuff but I guess not...
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