Hello, everyone. The oxycodone I have is not working/dulling the pain from my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was diagnosed in April this year and so far even with the methotrexate and prednisone, there is still horrible pain. There isn't any regularity to it. It will be 3 months now I have been trying to get the hospital to help me reduce the pain.
I was taking hydrodone 2.5mg/500APAP, then 5 mg tabs, 3 at a time (and four just once), it did absoulutely nothing to lessen the pain, nothing. The pain is excruciating and keeps me up all night. I can't sleep. I had to talk to them at least 9 times just to get the hydrocodone. They then gave me the very same prescription again after explaining thoroughly that it just wasn't working. I refused it and said "you aren't listening".
They act like I shouldn't be hurting or that it can't be that bad. They pretend to 'listen' but don't really explain anything or give a flat out answer to my problem. It goes in one ear and out the other at the hospital.
They told me to go to the emergency room if I hurt that bad (after hours), or tell me there is nothing else they can do. The emergency room then told me to go back to the regular doctor because they don't handle that kind of problem.
The hospital even prescribed Ambien. They told me Ambien would help, even though I read that it isn't for pain relief. I said how can it help me sleep if the pain is so bad (9 or 10 on their pain scale) that I can't sleep? There wasn't any answer, except to 'just try it'.
Why do doctors & nurses let patients suffer so bad?
I asked if a stronger dose of this or another medicine was available, they said there wasn't anything stronger than 5mg of Hydrocodone, so they prescribed 5mg of Oxycodone. That didn't work either. This one I can take 3 ea. and it still doesn't work very well.
They gave me the the same answer after I complained politely that it wasn't working, that they can't give me stronger doses or there isn't anything else. They wanted me to go to an alternative medicine class for pain - you know where you chant or hum, think about other things, as if the pain was merely an inconvenience. That was very insulting to say the least.
(I have been burnt, hit by a car on a bicycle, crashed a motorcycle, broken many bones: shoulder, ribs, ankle, thumbs, etc, I even had my neck cracked when someone jumped on my head, so I think I know a little about pain).
RA pain is worse than anything I have had experienced before.
I don't want sympathy from them, just the pain to lessen or stop. How can I get them to listen or get the knowledge to know what to ask for, in order for this pain to lessen or stop? Should I demand a higher dose of this medicine?
(I don't have insurance, so I have to go to this one hospital in town).
Sorry, if this is rambling, but I feel like the doctors just don't have a clue about the pain, or don't really believe it and therefore will not really do much about it.