I'm just wondering about how my medications for pain compare to others and if there is a norm what that might be.
I am a 45 year old man with stage IV lung cancer. I had a left neck dissection in June of 2008 and experienced major nerve damage in that area. I am taking 160 mg of oxycotin twice daily but lately it isn't working as well as it was.
Is this a high dose?
What would be considered a high dose?
My GP takes care of my pain management. I am having a CT scan on Dec. 8th that will tell me if my cancer has spread to other organs, grown on my lung etc.
I am in discomfort but worry that the doctor will switch me if I tell him it's not working as well as it was. I have tried many different pain meds and this one has worked the best up until now and has allowed me to be fairly active in my life.
Any suggestions for me.
Is it normal to increase pain medication dosages over time and when does it become an issue with the doctor.
I was given six to twelve months to live 5 months ago. Although I feel I am deteriorating I am still fairly active. My worry today is about the meds.