On December 1, 2012, I started my journey with chronic pain and therapy. I stood up on this day, and got a shooting pain down my left leg, that felt like someone was taking a knife and slicing it down the back of my leg. I went to an orthopedic surgeon, and he recommended a nerve block. I had that done, and the pain was even worse. I ended up having surgery in January 2013. After surgery I went to physical therapy, but nothing made my pain any better. The doctor ordered another MRI, and said that I was fine. I decided to get another opinion. The other doctor showed me on the MRI where I had a lot of scar tissue and bone spurs, which was causing the pain I was having. He then did a second surgery to clean up the first surgery, but the damage was done. After surgery I was referred to pain management.
In August of 2013, I started taking two 20 mgs of OxyContin per day, four 7.5 Percocets per day, and three 350 mgs of Soma per day. My pain level was a 2 when I first started pain management. Fast forward to 2015, my pain level was about a 4-5, with the medication, and I told my PM doctor. He said there was nothing that he could do, that I was on enough pain medicine. So I began taking more medication on days that I was hurting more, and less on days when I was alright.
I had weight loss surgery in 2010, and the Tylenol in the Percocet hurts my stomach, so I asked my doctor for Percocet without the Tylenol. He gave me a prescription for Oxaydo, which is a new medication, and a different formulation of Oxycodone. My insurance doesn't cover it, and I had to go to five different pharmacies before one would order it for me. Finally a week later I got the medication. I began taking it three weeks ago.
First of all this drug hurts my stomach and suppresses my appetite so much that I have lost 10 lbs. I am already too skinny. Then I don't like the way it makes me feel, and it doesn't help my pain. So, I gave it three weeks, and called my doctor to get the next available appointment. The only appointment he has is for Sept 14. So I have to wait another 9 days before I can see him.
The question I have is that I have done research on Oxaydo and basically, it is oxycodone formulated in such a way that it can't be abused by crushing it an snorting it. However, whatever they are using to compound the medication does not agree with me. The obvious question is why wasn't I just given Oxycodone? I've never crushed my medication and snorted it, or abused it. I have never failed a drug test, so why do I get something like this?