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Hi there! I'm new to the forum. I take Norco 10/325mg 2 twice a day. As my pain has gotten worse, I have had to increase to 2 three times a day. This has ran me totally out of medication. I have talked and talked to my nurse practitioner about how much pain I'm truly in. I can't stand long at all because I have a completely deteriated disc plus my knees are shot ( my orthopedic doctors words). I'm waiting to get the ok from my insurance to have gel injections in my knees.
My nurse practitioner is on vacation all this week so I guess I'm heading to the ER. Any advice on what to say to the ER doc? I'm scared. I've never ran out this soon of my pain med. I'm hurting so bad I don't even feel like showering or moving. I need help please! Thank you!
God Bless! ~C~


  • OverItAllOOverItAll Posts: 87
    edited 03/30/2015 - 6:35 AM
    I would definitely explain what is going on with detailed honesty, can't the nurse practitioner page an on call dr or prescribe something in the interim? If not, then just bring your records with you to the ER, hope you find some help!
  • I would be honest, but you cant just up your dose because you feel like you need it. It's against all the rules. If you had a pain management doctor, they prob would have dropped you for it. You need to communicate with your doctor before taking more medication....and if they don't agree, then you aren't allowed to just self medicate. I would be honest with all your doctors before something happens and they stop prescribing to you all together...Good luck!

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  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,609
    Listen to what JillyBean is saying
    It is so true... You just cant decide to increase the amount of medication you are taking. Doesnt matter about your pain levels, you cant do this alone.

    If that pain is that great, you need to talk to your doctor to find a solution. Going to the ER might not help you at all. Most of the time, they will not give pain medications to people coming in.

    The solution is talking this over with your doctor
  • Connie your doctor doesn't want you to become addicted to narcotics. If it seems that your not able to take your meds as prescribed that will not be a good comment on your medical record. Your doctor is here to help you but you really have to follow your doctors prescribed amount and hours it should last. You really have to talk with your doctor about your pain level. I hope the best for you Connie.
  • Doug HellDoug Hell Posts: 332
    edited 04/01/2015 - 2:11 AM
    Number, one, you don't take more than what is prescribed under any circumstances. I understand that you may be in pain, but you need to address this with your PCP/GP before you simply take more. A simple test can result in your dismissal and then you wont have any pain meds to fall back on. Think smart and be smart. Narcotics aren't the sole answer with pain management. You will find that these meds take part of that pain away and if you aren't careful, you will forever be increasing that dosage chasing the pain relief that will never come. You need to incorporate other techniques (heat, massage, ice, tens machine, etc...) to effectively manage your pain levels.

    Please, under no circumstances, fight the rules. You WILL lose and then you'll be in more pain than you are now. Think twice before you do once. Impulsive decisions will put you straight out the door.

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    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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