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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I have had 15 surgeries for injuries sustained through sports and accidents. I also have severe migraines that started when I was 18. My Xtreme sporting life is over. I am in pain 24/7. Dr too concerned about DEA so I have no solution other than load up on Advil. It worries me now because I'm getting older and the Xtreme pain really ups my BP.
If severe pain and nausea lasts 3 days, I spend the $1k for the ER trip. Although each ER Doc wants to try very weak pain meds that have not worked, if I can get a shot of Dilaudid w phenergan, it seems to break the pain cycle. Morphine may work, but I can actually feel it in my body and that scares me. Just wish I didn't have to wait until I feel I'm dying and spend $1k to get relief from this drug.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I went to the ER because I had severe pain in my right flank area and was told I had a kidney stone. I get them quite frequently now and I was given Dilaudid IV. I got the warm wonderful rush and felt very floaty and quite pleasant and I felt no pain.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: Dilaudid keeps me wide awake. I take 4 mg for failed back surgery. It does take the edge off, but doesn't take away 1/2 of the pain. For the life of me, I cannot understand why it keeps me wide awake. I took one pill at 4:30pm yesterday and last I looked at my clock last night, it was 4:33am.
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Review by chronicpain2013 (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: Really helps ease the breakthrough pain. I was afraid when I first started it that it wouldn't help much at all, but in truth it works better than anything else that I have been prescribed. I have had one surgery for three herniated discs of my cervical spine and now have two more that need surgery at waist level. I have been suffering, only existing. Not living for more than ten years. Dilaudid gave me back some of my life and it doesn't make me nauseous like many of the other medications that I have been on. Even though it doesn't take away all of the pain it does make it much more tolerable. Morphine made me sick and I was severely hyper sensitive to it. I am thankful for the relief Dilaudid has given me.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: Went to the ER was having a really bad gallbladder attack and was in agonizing pain! They gave me two doses of Morphine through the IV and it did nothing for the pain. Then they gave me Dilaudid through the IV and it was instant pain relief! I could have kissed the nurse who gave it to me! I did have a side effect a few hours later of itching skin especially of my face, chest and arms but I didn't care. I was so glad the pain was gone completely and fast.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: Was given tab form while in hospital for severe pneumonia and bleeding ulcers+vomiting blood. Worked extremely well, asleep within 30 min with no noticeable pain for 2+ hrs.
No side effects noticeable.
Although duration is short I would take it again.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: It is helpful in neck and spine and helps the pain in my spine and neck and helps me be able to relax without constantly having to move in odd places to sleep and sit. Therefore I found that this helps with little side effects unlike other pain medication that I've been prescribed in the past.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I was given this shot in the E.R. for intense pain from a gallstone I had been dealing with and was scheduled to have removed. Unfortunately, the Gall Bladder became infected. The shot did nothing, nor did a second dose. I had already been in pain and I rarely get relief if I wait until it gets that bad instead of taking medicines consistently to keep it under control. My boyfriend, on the other hand, had a bowel resection and was also in extreme pain despite having a morphine pump. He was switched to Dilaudid and it relieved his pain immensely. As the reviews show, everyone is different. I don't know if I didn't get relief because it was too late for me so I rated it for that and for how well it worked for my friend.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I've been diagnosed with rhabdomiolitis. The pain it brought was excruciating - 15 on a scale of 1 to 10.
The rheumatologist ordered an initial dose of 4 mg by IV (this is an unusually high dose, the pharmacy double checked with the doctor before releasing the medicine). Subsequent doses were only 2 mg.
Dilaudid took away ALL of my pain within 60 seconds. The relief lasted through the night, allowing me a full night of sleep. Hydromorphone, the tablet form, is far less effective than I.V. In fact, I was down right disappointed with the tablets. They seemed to do nothing at all for the pain. It's hard to believe that hydromorphone tablets and Dilaudid I.V. are the same medicine.
I will request for my doctor to prescribe the Dilaudid injections.
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Review by Larry Woodcock (taken for less than 1 month):
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I just started taking Dilaudid a short time ago. I have lived in misery for the last 12 years with lower and upper back pain. I have been on MS Contin. Vicodin, Lortab pill and liquid. I recently hurt my back at work to the point that, I could not even drive. My doctor put me on Dilaudid and I have to say that it works well. I feel for anyone who lives with chronic pain. At least I can move and work. Maybe not as fast as I once was but, I still get the job done. Please don't give up there are other alternatives that may work for you.
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Review by Christine D. (taken for less than 1 month):
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I was in a motorcycle crash with a severely fractured wrist and was first given morphine, which sadly, had zero effect on the pain. The ER then gave me Dilaudid and it worked marvelously. I was in severe pain and it knocked it out well with no unpleasant side effects, as many report having with morphine. I was put on a pain pump timed for every 8 minutes and I was comfortable for the next 2 days before going home. I should mention, however, that my system processes pain medications VERY fast, so the same dose I take would likely be too strong for someone else.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: Car accident, 1997 ,diagnosed fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, herniated, bulging, protruding disks, anxiety/panic disorder, migraines, and last Friday I had a heart attack! I was given Dileudid through I.V.! Best medicine I have ever experienced!
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I had back surgery and I also have fibromyalgia. I have tried other pain killers and none of them really worked so for 6 years I lived in pain not having a very good outlook on life I ended up in the hospital. They put me on Dilaudid and my life has improved so much I cannot believe it.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: So I was prescribed this drug for six months due to low cartilage in my knees. Yes it works however coming off of any opiate is hard! I would not recommend prolong use of any opiate.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I have had severe headaches for more than 20 years. Tried just about everything Doctors could come up with both for prevention and immediate pain reduction. Nothing worked well untill I was prescribed Dilaudid. Got my life back. No more 3 month long headaches. No drowsiness or other noticeable side effects.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I agree with most when you say Dilaudid works best in an IV at the hospital. The pill form works very well but just takes a bit longer for relief. I've been on many pain medicines over the years but I find that this medication helps me to be more productive everyday...pain free!
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I have chronic back pain (9 years plus), and had surgery. Been on all pain medicines through all that time. From Vicodin all the way up to Dilaudid and Fentanyl. Even though nothing is going to take away all the pain, I found that Dilaudid 8mg works the best. Most of the time about 80%.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I have had chronic pain for many years due to my occupation. I'm only 37 and I have 50% torn shoulders, arthritis and 3 herniated discs. I take a 4mg every day at around 3 pm and up to 2 more in the evening depending on the severity of pain that day. I have been on it for roughly 3 years now. I take the same doses and haven't had to up anything. It replaced 4 meds I used to have to take.
I have no side effects at all. This medicine allows me to run a successful business and my household.
I'd be lost without it. Most pain killers make me sick to my stomach and cause severe headaches.
Not this one!
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: INTENSE<CHRONIC PAIN. No Comparison or Substitute. HEAVILY Prescribed Tons of Methadone and OXYCODONE for 4 Years. When forced at E.R. Dilaudid is only thing that works. I think it should be used more often. Morphine at ER Would take 4 shots and nausea and bad for MY ailments. 10/10 EVERY TIME! Thanks
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I have severe chronic abdominal pain and the only medication that controls my pain is Dilaudid. I was first given Dilaudid IV in the hospital after I had a reaction to morphine and it was AMAZING. In less than a minute my pain was essentially gone. The IV Dilaudid is, in my opinion, the greatest medicine ever invented. I now take 4 mg tablets six times a day for my pain and it keeps my pain at about a 4, as opposed to being 9 or 10 without it. I have a really sensitive stomach but I don't get nauseated from it like I do with other pain meds.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I was given Dilaudid while being treated in the hospital for gastritis/esophogeal pain. The pain was very severe and my blood pressure rose to over 200/100. Within 30 seconds of the Dilaudid being inserted into my I.V., the pain in my sternum was gone and I was relaxed and sleepy. (After the first "Whoooosh" head rush). Although I could have it every 2 hours, after the first 2 doses, the pain relief lasted 4-6 hours. Most effective, and I reacted to it better than I had done in previous hospitalizations when receiving morphine.
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