Ive been going to my family physian for around 17 yrs. I havesevere pain in my back and my legs go numb. Ive had mri and alot of other test on my back. I have herniated dics. Bulging disc. A pinched nerve in my groeans kripling arthritis deginerative bone loss,im next month be 61 yrs. Old. Ive been on hydrocodone for about 7 or 8 yrs. I was sent to a sergion 3 yrs. Ago the surgeon told me it would be magor surgery if I had it done so he told me to talk to my family doctor to see if he thougt I could go thru surgery. I did and he said no. So the medicne has not been helping alot,4 a day so iwent back to my family doctor told him I was taking more than 4 a day, that they arent helping as good as they did,told him I was taking them around every 3 to 4 hrs. Apart. He really was mad, he would not prescribe any more until they would be due in about 8 days,but sends me back to the surgeon so I told the surgeon why he sent me back to him, the surgeon said thats only normal that I would take more. So hes gona write my doctor and I go back this month for a nother mri. Just want to no how many loratabs can a doctor prescribe for pain, I no my pain has worsend. But ive never took any thing except loatab. I need some help. I no the pain killers are adictive but when you hurt so bad you will take it to get some relief. Thank you
19 Sep 2009
Hey Chicco, I have to agree with the person who said your doctor needs to change you over to roxycotin. It is similar to oxycotin but to be honest you don't want to get started with anything stronger than roxys. Really if a person takes more than 3 or 4 Lortabs in a 24 hour period it obvious that isn't taking care of the problem. At our age you'd think they would try to make our lives more liveable. In our time work was and is hard. Even to this day I work longer and more diligently than the younger employees. So our bodies feel the toll that it takes.
31 Aug 2009
I too take hydrodcodone 500mg. I have been taking them for many years also. I have had four back surgeries since 1978, because of degenerative disc disease. If I take them every four to six hours as prescribed, they cause me to get depressed, and as you said they don't help. Mine help for about a half hour. I limit myself to three a day becuase there
is no since in putting the drug into my system if they are not helping. They are only harming your body. I would get a second opinion from a surgeon also. Have you tried the epidural injections. They don't help me any more, but did at one time. Because the pain pump trial did not work out for me, I probably will have my fifth surgerey in January. I am sixty-nine years old. Good Luck, janet1940
31 Aug 2009
Is your Doctor for real? This seems like a very odd qustion but here goes with an answer... Your Doctor should prescribe a stronger pain med! Lortabs problem is it only comes in 10 mg for its strongest. Your Doc could prescribe Roxicodone they start with 5mg and go up to 30 mg. If that doesn't work try a 20mg of oxicontin and work your way up until the pain is gone, if you can't find a pain pill to help with your pain there is something wrong. There are so many different kinds of pain meds on the market that I am sure you can find one to fit your needs.
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