I have had several heart attacks and have 2 stents in my heart. i also have stents in both legs. this is due to vascular disease. i have chronic back pain and have been on lortab 10 for a couple of years - 2x a day. they don't seem to help anymore. i also take plavix,asprin,and a number of other meds. any ideas on what i should ask my Dr. for to help with the pain?
2 Aug 2011
I feel for you... I was rear ended in a car accident on 3/5/10 and was hit so hard it was as though I was standing still... long story short I am now permanently/legally/physically disabled living on government assistance; what a joke - 80% pay cut from my last job. Anyhow, for myself, I have been put on so many pain meds experimentally over the last couple of years (had minor problems before the accident; overwent physical therapy & chiropractic until I was permanently damaged in the accident) and found that oxycodone (like a stronger version of vicodin i think) is the only thing that works for me and doesn't make me sick. My pain mgt. doctor(s) (am on the third one and finally found a good one) have had me on the following: dilaudid, opana (morphine based), tramadol, vicodin, prescription strength Motrin, Soma (muscle relaxer), xanax and Halcion (these last 2 for sleep).
It has truly been like hell on earth as I NEVER had to deal with constant medication for any reason whatsoever. Regarding the chronic pain, the only "cocktail" that finally worked out for me after countless visits & revisits to change up the scripts due to reactions, sickness, lack of results, etc. was oxycodone ("roxycodone" is the designer name for the 30mg tabs I take) for the pain and xanax before sleep (1/2 to 1mg per night). The Halcion will help you sleep but my personal experience was very scary so be forewarned... I would wake up the next day finding half eaten plates of food or leftover cereal I never finished but did not remember ever getting up to eat!! Very scary feeling; I could have started a fire or something... sleepwalking. One morning I woke up with a scratch over my right eye which eventually turned a bit black & blue over my brow... I still to this day don't know how this happened... I say "NO" TO THIS DRUG!
Be sure to let the doctor you see know what ever else you are taking as drug interactions can be LETHAL!I hope this helps you... be sure to let the doctor you see know what ever else you are taking as drug interactions can be LETHAL! EVEN UPON THE DOCTOR TELLING YOU IT IS SAFE TO TAKE WHATEVER IS PRESCRIBED TO YOU, CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF! DOCTORS ARE NOT GODS OR AUTOMATIC ENCYCLOPEDIAS... THEY MAKE MISTAKES BECAUSE THEY ARE NOTHING MORE THAN HUMANS... DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AS WELL TO PROTECT YOURSELF. I have a friend who's mom was literally KILLED in a hospital on Staten Island (the WORST place for serious medical care - if you live in the area and have a serious health issue, trust me, go into the city) due to drug interaction - with an ANTIBIOTIC of all things! Be careful... be safe... :)
good luck and I hope the best for you... :)
13 Mar 2012
Lortab is fairly lightweight when compared to some others. It's hydrocodone and Tylenol and I would pay attention to how much Tylenol and aspirin you're ingesting. A couple of years on the same dose is usually going to cause less effectivity because we build tolerance over time, and 2 years is a long time. Just tell your Doc what you're taking isn't helping as much anymore and hopefully he'll change it.
13 Mar 2010
You should maybe ask your DOCTOR not people on the INTERNET. For Christ sake... you might as well go get some damn heroin if you think people on HERE can give you medical advice that a doctor couldn't. You sound absolutly foolish, CALL A DOCTOR... YOU SHOULD HAVE ONE I ASSUME WITH ALL YOUR HEALTH PROBLEMS AND GET OFF YOUR COMPUTER MORON! Doctors are people who go to school for a long time to learn about how to help sick people... people on websites have nothing better to do, think they know it all, are looking to pass a drug test or have no lives and act like they know something about drugs. WAKE UP DUDE!
27 Nov 2009
The best thing for relief of pain i sleep. But I would suggest MSContin 100mg for contiuous relief. For times when the pain breaks through Actiq lollipops which contain Fetanyl a synthetic pain killer is a fast acting drug because you absorb it through your mucous and you can stop and save it when the pain subsides. It also makes you sleepy and you cant feel pain in your sleep. Try these along with a antinflammatory like Etodolac and you should feel much better. Sweet dreams my friend,
26 Aug 2010
Yeh whoever just said lorcet was slightly stronger than percocet is slightly retarted. Percocet is oxycodone /acet. And lorcet is hydrocodone /acet. . Oxycodone makes hydrocodone feel lik 200mg ibuprofin. And i know exactly how you feel being on the lorcet for 2 years and them not working the same anymore. In my case I was on lorcet 10/650 for abput a year and a half and i was still having the same pain in my lower back(chronic lower back pain) my uncle had some 10/650 percocet and gave me a few to get by to my next doc appt. Well the percocet worked just fine but at my appt. My pain management doc completely ignored the percocet idea and prescribed me 150 30mg roxicodones 90 xanax bars and 90 10/650 percocets . And i was a zombie for about 3 weeks lol.
But anyways to answer your question for the strongest painkiller in my opinion would either be - a 200mg morphine pill - 80mg oxycontin - 40mg opana(oxymorphone)= oxycodone & morphine like dilaudid is hydromorphone opana is oxymorphone . Im aspiring to be a pharmacist and ever since i was 13 i could debate with my familys pillhead about drug information and facts and i was always right . I go by facts about everything if its my opinion i will state before stating the opinipn.
14 Feb 2011
Lortab, hydrocodone, vicodin, percocet, norco, percodan are all exactly the same ingredients just made by a different company. Trying methadone for pain relief is stupid as it is a derivative made to get you off of pain medications as is suboxone. (though you can get a prescription for suboxone and you cant for methatdone you have to go to a clinic daily). My suggestion is to ask for fentanyll patches. They start at 25 mg and go up as high as 150 mg but these patches last 72 hours. For my chronic bach pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and ostioarthritis this is finally what helped me. And I make the patches last 5 days instead of 3 as they are still giving out relief. Good luck to you as I truly understand pain.
7 Oct 2009
Wow! I think you should stick with what the doctor suggest. First does the Lortab control your pain? If so, I would ask if I could increase my daily dosage. There are lots of stronger pain meds out there. I just hate to hear more and more people are needing them. Our generation is falling apart. I personally take methadone for chronic pain. I have been on it for five years. It works great for me. It doesn't hurt your liver and you can be a functioning person. I had tried lots of different things and this just turned out to be the perfect fit for me. What concerns me is your heart condition. I would be very careful regarding any pain meds for that reason. Talk with your Doctor. He knows a heck of alot more than I do. I am always here for support. Best of luck my dear... Kimmie
7 Oct 2009
For chronic pain you are better off with a sustained release opiate rather then a quick release like vicodin or percocet. Those drugs are great for the odd time that you have break thru pain. Once you get to a proper dosage of sustained release opiate then you should rarely need break thru, at least thats the idea.
I would suggest MS Contin or any other sustained release morphine. As you know the hospitals use morphine when you have a heart attack because over all it is a very safe and effective pain killer. So that's what I would try and do in your case.Good luck..Dave
24 Nov 2009
I've read all your posts... you've had some very good responses. What I did not see however is what has worked for me for the past 4 years... an epidural injection of steroids to reduce the inflammation that causes the pain. I'm not sure what is causing your pain -- I would definately recommend a pain specialist or an orthopedic doctor that can look into your issues completely -- and then cross reference their recommendation with your cardiologist to be sure it wouldn't harm your heart. But I would definately look into a spinal injection of some sort. Good Luck! It has been effective for me for 4 years --(I have had 4 of them) but I am relatively pain free most days. My husband saw a pain specialist today with 5 bulging discs and will be having the injection next week. Our prayers are with you and your doctors. Pain is a miserable thing to live with. God Bless You.
3 Mar 2010
Wow, you sure are getting a lot of responses. I'll share a word of advice for what it's worth. I've just spent the last year getting OFF all the medications I was on- numerous ones were for pain. Methadone is extremely difficult to go on and off, can work well- but also can cause you big problems.
I didn't know about the heart aspect- which goes to show you how careful the doctors are about side-effects and interactions (noT- you will have to do this yourself!) Methadone can seriously ruin your teeth. A girlfriend of mine is on a higher dose than I was and she lost all her teeth from it.
All pain meds have high risk factors. One that my doctor told me was so benign I could take it "like water"! actually turned out to be the causitive factor in my daily, mulitiple Grand Mals- (and the Neurologists never caught thaT one either)
You'll hear plenty of horror stories from people on meds. The Best answer is to take only what you absolutely need- and use things like hot showers and massagers, movement- water therapy is excellent for those of us with several 'conditions'. You can even start supplementing your diet to help with your pain. (yes, you really can!) Omega 3's help to reduce inflammation, Vit D. and Vit. B, the litany is long- but it's best to get some guidance as to what your body may exactly be needing.
I am off 4-5 pain meds- two opiate based ones and only using 2 Fioricet and one 75mg. Fentanyl patch for my pain now- a little Flexeril- (a muscle relaxant here and there helps too) and I'm so much better off than I was on sOOOOoo much more meds. -Finding out my body needed a beta blocker surprisingly helped my pain in a round about way- as a heartbeat that is too fast apparently had all my muscles tensed all the time- so, keep in mind the overall picture- (that's something Else most doctors won't do for you!)
Best of luck in your search for help and many pain- free days~
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