I am very aware of how careful us nurses have to be when it comes to using narcotics. I know that as long as you don't abuse them and have a legal prescription then there is not a issue. But, a part of me just doesn't feel right using any narcotics at work. I have had two back surgeries and some small bulges in my neck. My main problems stem from muscle tightness and spasm. I have burning pain and general pain and these together wear me down. I have tried many things, right now I use Ultram, but I am nearing the full dose in 24 hours. But, I just can't imagine using percocet or anything. I tried Ultram ER but it hasn't helped, I can't use muscle relaxers cause I'll pass out on the med cart! The lidoderm patches only do so much. I have thought about MS CONTIN or OXYCONTIN, since they are CR, and thought maybe the effects wouldn't be as harsh compared to a fast acting percocet or something. I then could take the ultram or even ibuprofen in the mean time. I don't know if this is a bad thing, how it would be for work. I could use a little help here trying to figure this out. I am trying to figure out a plan to propose to my doc.
Heat is the best and so is lying down. But, can't do that all day!
(oh, for the most part I do okay, but I get so uncomfortable. I mean, my pain isn't horrible, but enough to interfere with daily life and make me miserable.)
Perhaps those dealing with chronic pain and working can tell you what they personally do, but your plan should be between you and your MD, as we don't offer medical advice.
Best of luck to you.
Last edit by Tweety on Oct 27, '07