Norco and reluctant doctor

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ll1816, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. ll1816

    ll1816 Member

    Hi all:

    I have Fibro and CFS and in addition to severe fatigue I also suffer w/neck and back pain.

    I recently had two unrelated surgeries and was given Norco for the pain. I saw my neuro last week and asked for something for my neck pain and was given Flexeril. It didn't help.

    I called today and his nurse said he wrote me a prescription for #20 with no refills and I'm to take up to 4 per day.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to say to him to understand that I have constant pain and that the Norco really helps it? I think some doctors are so nervous nowadays to prescibe narcotic meds, so any advice would be welcome.

    Thanks and hugs,
    Liz
  2. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    As many here already know, it is very hard sometimes to find a doctor to treat your pain. It is a crime in this country how pain is under treated.

    Many doctors don't understand and don't want to treat pain patients.

    I have a excellent pain specialist in S. California you may want to contact. He has patients all over the US and some from Canada. He is excellent and very compassionate.

    He also knows how to combine meds to help you get the best pain relief.

    His name is Dr. Rick Chavez - Redondo Beach, CA. He was the director of the pain institute at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance Ca.

    Dr. Chavez's practice is dedicated exclusively to pain treatment, so his patients still have their primary doctors.

    I have seen him for several years, as well as my mother.

    I wish I knew a doctor in N. California - maybe someone else here may know someone. If by chance you can come to S. California you would like Dr. Chavez.

    I am familiar with Norco and no doubt, it will help your pain. Doctors are reluctant because some patients develop tolerance and within a year they don't work as well.

    With a knowledgable pain doctor that is no problem.


    [This Message was Edited on 12/04/2006]
  3. Dixie_Amazon

    Dixie_Amazon Member

    Weird, Flexeril is not even a pain medication.
  4. Suzan

    Suzan New Member

    You know how many of us take pain medication on a regular basis. If you need help with pain management..and your doc isn't helping you, my best advice is to go see another doctor. I have seen 4 doctors so far with my FMS, and not one of them has withheld pain medication from me. In fact all of them have given me narcotics, with little hesitation , except for watching my liver because of the way your liver works with tylenol ( in vicoden). None of them have thought I was misusing the drugs...and they all have been told that there are days when I take the maximum amount on the prescription..which is 8 vicoden 5/500. That is a fair amount of drugs in a day! But, I think that you just have to be honest with your doctor...and explain the levels of pain and what it is doing to your life. what it is taking away from your life. A good doctor won't let you stay in pain.
  5. kiga

    kiga New Member

    Hi Liz,
    I too was doimg better on norco. For the past year I have been on Norco 10/325 with a caring rheumy. Have since moved to the northeast and my new primary care dr. spent a hot 5 minutes with me and sent me to pain management to taper off the norco. I have come to see that if I use a narcotic pain pill...everyone thinks I am hooked.
    I am not, I do not abuse them because I want to have something that works when I need it the most. I take two a day. Mornings it really helps with my RA stiffness and pain. At night it relieves the pain so I can get some sleep. I was prescribed 3 a day. Now I am back on predisone and ultram and in pain along with a very upset stomach and reflux. Anyone have a decent Dr. in the VT /N.H area ?
    Flexeral was prescribed to help with muscle spasms with my fibro. Helps some but not for pain relief.
    Gentle hugs to you.

    Kiga
  6. shelby319

    shelby319 New Member

    This is just my thoughts on this and seeing a neurologist or sometimes they just call themselves neuro-surgeons. I recently had my cervical spine operated on and after he finished with my pain meds for the surgery, he had me go back and have my primary care Dr. handle all my pain meds, and any of my other meds I take on a daily basis.

    It seems in my case anyway, that the neuro-surgeon just did my surgery and then sent me back to my own Dr. to have you continue your treatments of Fibro and pain. Its like, "ok, I did your surgery and now lets move on to your own Dr. to handle all your other complaints, whether it be pain from post surgery still, or just to handle the extra pain you might have because of the fibro".

    Seeing he said he doesn't treat fibro pain, he could no longer do my pain meds from the surgery as he wouldn't know what worked best and my own Dr. would, seeing he was the one who knew what worked best and he was also the one who treated my pain.

    I kind of felt left out in the cold with the neuro-surgeon, but thankfully my own Dr. did start treating me again with post surgery, as well as continued treatment with fibro.

    So, I guess what I'm trying to say is, can you go back to your own primary care Dr. and have him/her treat your pain like I did?/!!!

    Good luck and I hope you can get the relief you need!!
    Gentle hugs,
    Shelby
  7. ll1816

    ll1816 Member

    Hi all:

    I meant to respond to all of you earlier, but my fatigue has been so severe and I've been sleeping.

    Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. I really appreciate all of you and this board.

    Going back to bed...

    Hugs,
    Liz