I have been a caregiver for about 18 years and a hair stylist for 9 years now. I lift and tug and pull my patients around for 8hrs a day. As a hair dresser I stand for up to 12hrs at a time doing hair. Now for the last 9 years I've sufferd from lower back pain, shoulder pain, wrist, hand, and finger pain, and knee pain that extends from my knee to my ankles. It was bareable the first 3 or 4 years but now has gotten so bad and so continuous that I'd have to conversate by blinking once for yes and twice for no. Motrin, Alieve, Vicodin, and Tylenol with Codiene just arent working anymore. I spend a large portion of my life agitated, and immobilized from my pains. I've even had to my availability to work to almost non- exsistant. I need a medical solution! Help me please.
I don't know if your symptoms are severe enough for a dose that high. I imagine they would give you painkillers in a smaller dose first to see if it helps. (Probably something like 7.5 mg hydrocodone to start off with). Physical therapy can really help too.
If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal they would totally give that to you. It helps with pain.
Try going to a pain management clinic. there are several options you can try. Have you tried chiropractic care? Sometimes it really helps to loosen the joints up. I lift, tug and pull in my jobs too (not any more because I finally ended up hurting my back pretty bad) I also have done a lot of standing. Chiropractic or going to a DO who does manipulation really helps me a lot and I avoided powerful medications a long time by doing this.You might need to look into a long acting drug rather than go for something so powerful that hits your body all at once. You would probably be better off starting on a lower dose of 10-20mg long acting oxycodone rather than slamming the brain with 30mg all at once. Only your Dr can decide the best course of action but look into seeing pain management if you can. Look for one that has multispecialties like anesthesiologist, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy and any others so you can try treating the pain in other ways than just taking medicine. Taking medicine works for a while but then you start to build tolerance and need more medication and it is better to try to keep medications to a minimum and really treat the source of the pain.
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