I saw the pain and management specialist today for follow-up. She's doubling my Ritalin dose because it I'm still sleeping a lot - 11 or 12 hours a day. I think she expected more of a benefit from the radiation, but we decided that it wasn't worth changing my pain meds now since they seem to be working just fine at managing my pain. My pain is under control and doesn't reach the same peaks as it used to. I haven't been able to significantly reduce my painkiller intake, but then again, I haven't had to increase it, either. She did say that if my pain increased again that I should see her and we would try morphine or dilaudid for the pain.
I also got a prescription for the H. Pylori bacteria. It's a seven day course of Prevacid, amoxicillin, and clarithromycin called HP-Pac or Prevpac. I thought that the treatment for H. Pylori was a lot longer, but I guess they've made advances in this area, too. I hope it works :)
Yep - that's the treatment for h.pylori - 7 days of drugs. watch for a reaction after day 2 or 3 - I had an unexpected reaction with a really bad rash, and it may run in the family!
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