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  • Talking to Doc About Pain Meds....

    I have a great IC doc....and have been an established patient of his for 3 years.....but i am always nervous to talk to him when it comes to my pain meds........for the past year and a half, i was taking 5/500 hydrocodone, which steadily lost its effectiveness for me. during the first of January, i got really sick with pain off the charts and got lucky and was able to get into see him on short notice, where he determined i had a pretty bad bladder infection. He adjusted some of my other meds and instillations, but also increased my pain med to 10/325.

    i have slowly started to feel better and my pain levels have come down. i have tried breaking the stronger pain medication in half, but really don't get any relief from that dosage, i guess b/c i was on it for so long....but the 10mg seems a little strong for every day use since i am over my infection.

    i am seeing him tomorrow as a followup from my infection and it acceptable to mention the above to him in hopes i can maybe try something like the 7.5mg medication? i am always so nervous talking about pain medication to anyone...........i am not sure why i get so nervous, b/c he has always been very helpful and receptive......

    Any thoughts or approaches are greatly welcome!

    Thanks so much!

    Dx's: Moderate IC, PFD, Infertility, ADHD, Anxiety/Depression.
    Current Meds: Zoloft, Adderall, Seroquel, Gabapentin, Hydroxyzine, Claritin, Pyridium, At-Home Instills, Macrobid, Lidocaine Gel
    Meds that Didn't Help: Ultram (Severe Retention), Tylenol 3 (Itch), Paxil, Effexor, Cymbalta.
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    You should talk with him. If you have a good relationship with him he should know that you wouldn't be asking for stronger meds unless you really need them. Good luck!!!
    Katie-46 yr old female dx'd with IC after 15 years of symptoms off and on long term antibiotic use, GERD,IBS and now IC diet, gallbladder removed, endometrial ablation w/tubes tied
    Lexapro-20 mg
    Ambien-as needed
    Percocet-7.5 up to 3 per day as needed
    Valium-10 mg x2 per day
    Phenergan-1 at night
    Prelief w/everything
    Now recovering from acute pancreatitis

    Currents treatments that help somewhat:
    Heating pad
    Hot baths
    Being VERY still while lying down with legs elevated