Hi y'all. I've been on Percocet for 3+ years and as my nerve pain progresses it is of course less effective. I've tried injections, PT, pool therapy and everything in between. I'm at the point I I'm ready to give in and go to a stronger pain med. Problem is my digestion has slowed to the point that I have to eat tiny amounts of food, bland food at that, and my body still has a hard time digesting. My neurosurgeon told me long ago that narcotics can slow peristalsis and eventually your body stops responding. I have to take laxatives every day and still get constipated, then take stronger laxatives and deal with the opposite! I've tried everything and can't get a balance. I've had to cut back on my pain meds which has been pretty awful at a time when I need more. I'm losing way too much weight.
I've been to a GI doc and he just gives me drugs I can't afford that give me diarrhea. Life without pain meds seems impossible but that's where I'm headed, ugh. My pain doc wants me to try Tramodol, says it's not as hard on the body. I had it right after surgery and it did nothing for the pain. If anyone has dealt with this problem I'd love to hear from you.