So here is my current problem.I have been on multiple narcotics for about 6+ months now due to a lower back injury caused by being overweight and lifting very heavy equipment while on my job.So I started off taking hydrocodone 7.5mg for about 3 months.Then my doctor switched me to oxycodone 5mg.Then upped it again to 10mg because I was getting a tolerance and they just became useless after taking them for 3 continous months and now I have convinced my doctor to put me back on hydrocodone because I thought they were working better for my pain in my lower back than the oxy's were not to mention I was having very unpleasant side effects from the oxy as well(uncontrollable muscle movements,laying down only made my jerking get worse) and now I am seriously wondering if narcotics are really for me.I mean the hydro's are working pretty good right now but the problem is I have built up such a huge tolerance for taking them for 5+months that they have become basically useless just like the oxy did and it takes nearly triple the normal dose to maintain the same effect.Most people will probably say that I am addicted but if anybody can offer some suggestions about some narcotics that are more longer lasting and don't have such a bad reputation following them as well as bad side effects would be greatly appreciated.Thanks I am so tired of this ongoing fight to stay healthy and most importantly pain free.
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24 Dec 2011
Ask your doctor for an around-the-clock pain medication, such as the fentanyl patch (my favorite), Oxycontin, kadian, Avinza, ms contin, etc. - there are many others. One of these will get you off the roller coaster of taking a short-acting pain med, getting relief for a couple of hours, then your pain levels spike again. Long term meds are what pain management doctors are changing patients over to, so your doctor will have lots of company in doing this. Remember, it may take a few months to figure out where your baseline is - you don't want to take such a high dose that you are falling asleep all the time. You want enough to cover the worst of the pain. Eventually your body will become adjusted to this dose and you'll have to increase - that's just how it goes. Hopefully you'll have less pain once things stabilize. Best wishes to you - ElizaJane
29 May 2013
Well, I understand where you're coming from. I have 2 severally ripped/torn dics L3/L4- L4/L5 and whats left of them is protruding on inside of my spin. I'm 37, installed carpet all my life, about 8 months ago I went to my Dr. about my bad back, I did the routine MRI/injections etc, started off with 5mg Hydrodcone/325 to 7.5, to 10mg and then Oxycontin. I went from 30mg Oxycontin 2 x day to 60mg Oxycontins 3x day, what seemed like overnight(really was 2 -3months)Oxycontin does not relieve my pain at all, what it does do is put me at ease, and makes me comfortable at night. Hydrocodone is far more effective at actually numbing my back pain. You're not alone Arcanoidcyst16 several of us who are on Oxycontin don't find it to be effective for long term and tolerances get high fast. Ask your Dr. to switch you to MScontin for a while and try to continue with Hydrocodone for breakthrough pain( I usually need 4 a day).
See if switching works, my doctor told me on day one, when he introduced me to oxycontin, that at some point he will take me off and put me on Mscontin, as its common for people to find oxycontin non-effective over a period of time.
24 Dec 2011
I hope he will understand that I was taking a whole lot of lortab's not deliberatly and that this crazy routine is getting old as well.I actually would like to know if they make anything that is like 1 pill a day or something you don't have to take every 4 to 6 hours.Which is what I am on now.He is starting to worry a little bit about me himself too because I told him I was taking 5 or 6 a day and he said I told you to take those "as needed".I said"Well I am in pain 24/7."He said try to not take so many.So yea I am at a barrs end here.He also has put me on multiple muscle relaxers but everyone he has tried had horrible side effects.Please help anyone!!! All these medications are great to know but I need some more facts someone who has tried them before and or knows a little bit more about them.Thanks arcanoidcyst16!!!
20 Jul 2012
I totally understand your issue about the oxy's side effects being too much to tolerate. But I would also like to add I was not only given those but morphine aswell as methadone, all with the same or similar side effects. I also should add that the side effects did not kick in for ten days and am still suffering with some. The Dr. can't understand. So for me it's back to the less than effective hydrocodone, but now with Ibuprofen. There is no way to get enough hydrocodone to take the edge off the pain without overdosing on either Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
5 Aug 2013
My aunt took a lot of lortabs for 16yrs and taking all of that acetaminophen damaged her liver I watched her die for 4mths and at that time I was taking lortab 10/500 so after she died I went to my doctor and told him I wanted to be put on something without Tylenol and he put me on Roxycodone 30mg and they work great and I know they are safe and will not mess my liver up
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