Since April 2012, I have been on 6 10/325 Norcos a day, through my pain management doc, for bulging and torn discs (L4, L5, and L6), along with severe sciatic pain. I've had 4 epidural steroid injections and a nerve block, but most times he can't get all of the medicine in, due to the swelling around these discs. He even told me i have the most delicate back he's ever worked on, so he knows the pain i am in. Without the medication, i cannot function in my daily life, due to the pain. I go in each month for a check-up, and to get my refill. He's tried me on other meds, such as Methadone, Diluadid (?), ER Morphine, and the Fentanyl
patch. So far, what works best for me is the Norco, so I can take it as needed, because I don't want any long-acting, sustained medications in my system. When I went for my appt in March, he cut me back to 5, then in April to 4, then with my May appt, down to 3. He said the reason he was doing this was because the DEA has new regulations, and by law, he is not allowed to prescribe more than 100 pills a month, or they will shut his practice down. I've been doing some research, but can't find any information on this subject. Three pills a day is not providing enough relief, and I do not want to go back on the Fentanyl patch he had me on before, it was just too strong for me. I work full-time, and am a mother of 5. I just need to be able to get through my day with minimal pain, and not become dependent on a patch which is 80 times more potent than morphine. Help!