I chose not to have surgery after consultation with a prominent Surgeon, who suggested I view that as a last resort. I have been prescribed Vicodin APAP 5/500, Immediate release 5mg Oxycodone & Extended release 10mg Oxycodone. Also Darvocet. I'm trying to experiment with what dosages of what meds at what times will manage my pain without over-medicating or suffering side effects. I am prone to migraines & have experienced those symptoms. I was given Phenergan (sp?) suppositories to be inserted 30 minutes prior to any oxy dose. I also wonder if the suppositories should preceed the Vicodin & Darvocet as well. It has been 3.5 months since my fall & injury. I am uncertain as to what pain level is historically "average" at this stage of recovery. On a daily basis, when I take (1) 10mg Oxycodone extended release, I get relief for about an hour, then add a 5mg Oxycodone at the (1) hour point & another if needed at the 3rd hour after the initial loading dose of 10mg Oxy extended. This generally allows me to stand, sit, stretch, light exercise, lay down cyclically throughout the day at pain levels ranging from 1 to 5.
I have tried the same initial 10mg loading dose regimen with a 10mg extended release Oxy and then augmented my pain control with Vicodin doses at (1) or (2) tablets every (4) to (6) hours. I know there are potential side effects with EITHER approach, & will be visiting the local Pain Management Clinic for assistance. Stomach, liver & kidney damage really concerns me. I am receiving Physical Therapy twice a week on average. Your thoughts, comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance