Some doctors are only comfortable prescribing certain medications depending on experience, training and local situation. I would recommend finding another doctor for a second opinion, maybe in a different town. Some may call this doctor shopping, but sometimes you do need to shop around to find a better solution.
Many alternatives are available, but it is not my place to state what is right for you. Only a treating physician who has examined and talked with you can do that.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
I think it is ridiculous a doctor would refuse to offer you alternatives. I just saw a PA (under my doctor's supervision of course) at a pain clinic in Oregon 2 hours north of my home & they were telling me about treatment options I had never heard of. Many of these new pain pills they mentioned are indeed new & not all doctors know about them, so be sure to consider the cost of a namebrand medication (assuming that is a fctor); plus it would be the merri-go-round of trying new medications that may or may not work. But I would seriously encourage you to research other pain medication options for yourself & speak to your doctor about your concerns. Additionally, I would encourage you to look up what the best pain clinics or neurologists are in your state and consider driving a distance that feels comfortable to to you or less painful, what have you, and see if a physician that is more experienced in working to find a solution rather than making accusations or assumptions.
I know this is an old post, but happened to notice it today and was wondering how you are doing, and if you got any resolution on your pain meds. I also wonder what your condition is and what causes your pain. I use to take timed released morphine and w/norco and it really did help, but I didn't want to go back on morphine, just the sound of it, and if I couldn't get to my doctor (2 hrs away)it couldn't be called in and just knowing if you didn't have it what a consequece it would be. The beauty of the timed release was that eating didn't reduce it's effective pain relief. Now I am just on the Norco 10/325 x4 and x2 Oxycondone 5mgs. the Oxy pretty much does nothing unless I take 4 of them. I have been in pain mgnt about 10 yrs now, and am lucky the Norco does anything for me, it does help, but by the middle of the month I am already having to cut back because of the bad days when I have to take more. It is so frustrating! My son just had to get off a short round of Methadone and from my research and his story on this, It is horrible getting off it!! Thank goodness he was not on it for very long, and he was on Suboxone before that (thought nothing could be worse than that to get off of, but....Methadone) The thing is getting off that is worse than the original narcotic. I had heard about the new long acting Norco, I think it is something like Zondry, or something like that. Does anyone know about this? Think it has just been in the processing phase. I have to admit after all the yrs of tetotal alcohol I am now having to substitute and self-medicate with alcohol, which I hate!! I use to get Soma a muscle relaxer, the only one that worked, but with all the new changes in this field, no Soma to be had. i so wish they could come up with something for pain that is not so gaurded and get the powers that be off our back. I just want a break from this pain, and it has spread all over my body like a disease.
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