I am now out of hydrocodone.The hospital only gave me 12 pills and said use them only when needed(PRN).I haven't took but maybe 1 or 2 pills every 2 or 3 days.So I am not ADDICTED to them nor do I ABUSE them.I would just like to say.What do I do know??The hospital gave me enough pills to last me to make a doctors appointment but they never really told me how to go about getting more of them.They just said that.I would have to "make a follow-up appointment" as soon as I got out of the hospital.I mean please any help here.Do you think.I could just go to my Primary Care Physician and he would prescribe them.I have been seeing him my whole life ever since I was a baby but I have never asked the man for pain pills.The HOSPITAL didn't tell me a word.No advice.No aftercare treatment options.They just told me to loose weight and didn't even do nothing about my foot pain.So where do I go from here.I feel as though I am at a DEAD END.I am near 300lbs and I am SADLY saying this.I cannot live without those pills as of this moment because I am too much overweight and until I lose a substantial amount of weight.I will not stop taking them.It is the only medication that helps succesfully treat my severe back pain.One other thing too is.It is on the weaker side of the pain medications.So not as ADDICTING.I just want to know where I go about getting more.I don't want to go through OPIATE WD.I really need my drugs.com family right now.PM me if you have any further questions.I will give out some of my medical information but only enough for you to know what I am experiencing.
19 Aug 2010
Go and explain everything to your PCP as you have done here.
You have never asked him for anything.What have you got to lose if you ask him, just this once? Give it a try, he may help you as he has known you your whole life.
I would do it, you are no addicted to them and you do not abuse them, it is not like you are asking him for 1 million dollars!!!
Do it, it is for health purposes only. Tell him the truth, I believe he will help you.-
Keep me posted.-
Take care and good luck pal.-
19 Aug 2010
I am over 300lbs. But I have been taking Norco (10mg of hydrocodone and 325 of "Tylenol") for many years. I have fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative discs, bulging discs, scoliosis, etc. I'm not addicted because I take as needed which is maybe 2 a day. I found a bottle of 180 lasts me about 2 to 3 months.
Maso is right. Ask your doctor. You don't have to live with that pain. And you are not dependent on the opiod to have withdrawals. Neither am I.
Your doctor should give you the meds for your pain.
19 Aug 2010
I agree with maso4169 but don't fool yourself--hydrocodone has become the most widely abused medication in the past 20 years. These are VERY addicting and no they are not as weak as you think. Try an experiment--don't take any for 3 days and see how you feel. Sure your back pain will be there, but I guarantee you will be in major Withdrawals. I.M.O, I'd wean off the pills with what you have left and if you are having W/Ds, look up the Thomas recipe on this site. Don't be another casualty in this vicious cycle of addiction. Good luck to you and hang in there. Julie
19 Aug 2010
Hi arc, I am going with answer number one. Maso really knows his stuff. You know that alot of pain meds are prescribed keeping a persons wieght in mind, meaning if you are 300 lbs. give or take a few. , you may need a bigger or more frequent dose than most people. No direspect to your wieght issues my friend, but I believe I am right. One pill of what you were taking might put a 130 woman on her knees. I would most definitely go to the doctor about your back pain, I believe you, and you say you have known him for a long time, I don't forsee a problem. All that aside, what is the worst thing he can do? Say no? I doubt it I would get in to see him as soon as possible. I hope you are feeling better. Let me know how you make out. Fall Queen
19 Aug 2010
PCP's really dont like giving pain medicine and they only know so much about pain thats why they made a Pain Management for people like us. Please ask your doctor for a refferal to pain management or find one yourself that takes your insurance and doesnt need refferals cause waiting on a refferal takes longer. Good luck i hope you find a good PM! they can also help with giving you MRI to pinpoint or locate the reason for your pain and focus on makeing it better. They also deal with around the clock opiates like morphine something that will last all day and use the short term opiates like vicodin for breakthrough pain.
21 Aug 2010
Hi, I have had back surgery in 1999. I was pain free for about 2 yrs and then it all came back. I take hydrocodone as needed for pain and that is about every day at least 1 maybe 2. I was concerned about becoming addicted and he told me that keeping it at 2 or less per day would not hurt me or cause withdrawls if I were to run out. I did run out while on vacation. I went 4 days with nothing. I took Ibuprophren OTC because I still had paid but no withdrawal symptons. Tell your PCP your situation and I'm sure you will get the help you need. Be straight forward with your pain issues and causes. Your doc may even be able to help you drop some of the weight which may be causing the paid to be more severe. Hang in there and fight.
21 Aug 2010
Hi there friend. Sorry about not answering sooner. I'm still without a pc. If I were you, make a follow up with your PCP and tell him this. 'The hospital gave me enough medication to get me through until I could see you. Could you please give me a referal to a specialist and enough medication to get me through until my appointment?' I agree with Maso and Fall Queen so I won't repeat their great advice. Hang in there big guy. We are here to support you. If you aren't successful with your PCP, make yourself an appt. with another doc... preferably a specialist. No pun intended but big people need big meds. Don't be afraid to ask for help. No one should suffer in pain. On the other hand, any responsible doc will also encourage you to drop some of the weight which will help relieve pain pressure on your foot. I do have a few questions so I will PM you in a little while. I am using my cell to type this out... thumbs are cramping up. I know exactly how you feel about needing us for help. My friends here have helped me so much! We are here for you too!
21 Aug 2010
i do think your doctor will give you what you were getting in the hospital ... just show him ... an tell him they helped you alot ... IF he doesnt go back to the er an tell them you have run out an please need more untill you can find a doctor ... my sister n law is a supervisor over a er ... they can give you what you need untill a doctor does... hope i was a little helpful
12 Oct 2010
I think another option, but includeing still those simple facts, yes, you should talk to you family doc. and explain to him whats going on. That is the beauty of all this, while explaining things to him, u can as well tell him how u feel about addiction. There are plenty of options, actualy, many options out there to get pain relief without taking highly addictive meds. Just tell him this as straight as you possibly can. He will not only understand you completly but undoubtably respect you even more for being up front ad truthful
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