I'm being treated for low back pain(spinal stenosis). I was sent to pain management office last June. I was started on 50MG of tramanol hcl 2x daily. In July I was given 15 MG morphine sulf IR twice a day. I got spinal shots twice and PT. I improved but was still in pain. In September they added 15MG morphine sulf ER twice a day. I got another spinal shot in December. The pain changed from running down my leg to just being in my lower pain and butt cheek. The Doctor left the clinic and I got a spinal shot again in March with new doctor. For the first time I noticed relief from the spinal shots and told them so.
But my pain was still in lower back, and sometimes running down my leg. I am very active doing yard work, building, and lifting. I got morphine scripts in May and June and I called in July to come in for refills and get drug test, They called me back and said the P.A. decided I was doing better as indicated in April and they send a script in for Codeine #3 taking 5 for 3 days, decreasing by a tablet a day every three days till gone.
I was pissed. I have a rental property that tenants destroyed and maintenance on three other houses, and I was in pain through the end of May, June and the start of July. My pain level was 7 to 8 most days and about 2 or 3 nights I could not sleep because of the pain. But the P.A. hadn't talked to me since April.
I started looking for a new pain management place. The pharmacist was concerned about the Codeine #3 not being enough to wean me off of the morphine. I cut down the morphine and started living in pain all of the time. I have appointment with new pain clinic on the 18th but I don't know how I am going to make it but I'm sure I will.
Is this a normal way to deal with a patient? I don't think I was misusing the morphine, if anything I think I should have talked to them about the pain I was still in but the P.A. thought I shouldn't do what I normally do. I should hire someone to do it. If I wanted a to plant a garden, instead of tilling it--I should hire it out. Same with the grass, hire someone to cut it.
Now I wonder if I am going through withdraw on the morphine. The codeine #3 doesn't do anything for my pain levels and I don't think it is doing anything for the withdraw. I feel achy, headache, sweating and pain at 7 without doing anything today.
Thanks for reading all of this. I hope I can find some help and