My mom has MS and fractured her hip 3 years ago (bone is basically dissolved now), is in a nursing home, and the last two years has been in a lot of pain. For about a year, all her old Dr would do was give her a fentanyl patch, Norco and neurotin for pain. She now has a new Dr who wants to try new things. The Dr has put her on Cymbalta and removed one of three doses of Neurotin (it made my mom very confused) and she just swapped the Norco for oxycodone. So now my mom has the fentanyl patch, cymbalta, oxycodone and afternoon and evening dose of neurotin. Her pain is finally manageable now, but now she’s very forgetful. This week the Dr wants to up cymbalta to 30mg and in a few weeks swap oxycodone with methadone. I’ve read horror stories as well as wonderful stories of methadone. I’m honestly a little nervous of her on this and if future Drs will keep allowing her to take it and withdrawals if she ever needs to go off. Does anyone have experience with this and can offer me advice or should I put my trust in the Dr?
A little of my mom’s background is about 1 1/2 years ago my moms old nurse practitioner almost killed my mom with a new mix and increase of meds she gave her so I have been very cautious about everything. Something needs to be done and this new Dr seems very knowledgeable and wants to help. It’s hard for me to trust and I just want what’s best for my mom.