I've been on pain pills for herniated disk since October. I had an artificial disk put in C7/T1 on December 19. I have always taken what the doctor ordered or less.
By the time of surgery I was taking 80 to 100 mg a day (20mg Oxycontin and 10mg Oxycodone 4-6 times a day)
After surgery they prescribed 10mg Oxycodone every 4 hours times a day (60 mg a day)
I still had 20 mg time released Oxycontin which worked better for me so I weaned to from 80mg to 40mg a day using the time release over a three week period.
When I went back to pain doctor I asked for 10mg Oxycontin assuming it would be easy to go from 20 to 10.
(I underestimated, plus the pharmacy didn't have 10 mg so I had to wait 5 days to get the 10 mg and I had some pain from overdoing it and only had 20mg (not allowed to cut) so I went back up to 40 (grrrr) for a few days.
The doctor never told me how long to take them (I think since I was so ahead of schedule he though I knew how)
CURRENTLY TAKING: 10 Oxycontin (time release) in the morning and evening and 10 mg Oxycodone for breakthrough. (about 40 a day)
What is the next best step? wean down to one 10 mg Oxycontin a day? Should I wait a few days to do that?
or cut the Oxycodone in half? I wish I had an idea.
Going from 20 to 10 has been rough. I wake up freezing and have to put on several quilts and two layers of clothes then start sweating. When its bad I take a 10 Oxycodone for relief .
Any advise appreciated. All I can find online is ads selling withdrawal meds and people abusing the drug wanting to get better highs.