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Hi Brian, and thanks for your response and advice. I'll try to address your Q's:

[*]I am female.
[*]I am on oxycodone (not Percocet). I started on Perc but the PM switched to oxy IR (no Tylenol) because of the liver concerns.
[*]I have apparently a very sensitive "system", because many many medications cause side-effects that I'm not willing to live with -- mainly stomach problems that make me completely miserable (even moreso than now).
[*]I have been on Wellbutrin (anti-depressant) for years. I'm not on a high dose, but I can't increase the dose (I tried) because it affects my stomach.
[*]I have no doubt I'm depressed -- I have all the symptoms. However, this has been building up gradually over the past few years, and it coincides with my use of oxycodone.
[*]I've been on many meds for nerve pain -- Cymbalta, Neurontin, other stuff....none of them helped the pain but I couldn't stick with them very long because of the various side effects.
[*]I've been on other narcotics -- Kadian (morphine, which makes me nauseous)....low-dose OxyContin (didn't help the pain and didn't get the "high").
[*]I'm on a prescription anti-inflammatory.
[*]I get my bloodwork done every 6-12 months (due to high cholesterol) thyroid or liver issues so far.
[*]My PM dr. cannot write for Suboxone, and I don't want to go that route for the reasons listed in my other post.

Finally, the reason I end up going back "up" on the oxy is that I become incapacitated without my usual dose. I need it to just achieve a feeling of "normal" get the energy to do anything....and the more I take, the more I need. I'm just plain tired of the merry-go-round. I want to see what my pain is like without it. I believe it's not even helping the pain much, because it is nerve pain that shoots down my leg. So we'll see how it goes....

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