I still have pain and have been onn vicoden for over 18 months.I take 8-9 daily. I feel so sick when I wake up until my meds kick in. I also still have back issues(poss permanent nerve damage which may result in chronic pain for the rest of my life) I want to stop the pills but an extremely afarid about the side effects. Im afarid I will loose my job due to how sick I will be and how much pain I will have. The pills have controlled my life since I started tasking them and I need to reach out.
You & I have a similar problem with chronic pain except mine was from a neck operation. You take 8 vicodin a day I take 8 dilaudid & had the same problem with being sick in the morning before the opiates get into my system. Also before I had a second operation I the doctor I had with my former Heath care provider was not doing enough to control the pain & just ignored me when I said " something is still really wrong" So I would run out or be really low towards the end of the scrip that going to work sick was just horrible!! When I could I switched health care providers & the other surgeon did a cat scan & sure enough the bone around the screw in my neck was completely gone & I had to have another operation & was put on disability,but have been in pain ever since.
You can try physical thearapy or try to wean yourself down on the vicodin & try a non-opiate pain meds? In my sitch the opiate pain meds are the only thing that works well enough. So your kind of stuck between a rock & a hard place,stop the vic's & be in pain or stay on them & be dependent on opiates? You could try a different pain killer opiate or not,maybe a long acting drug like M.S Contin & vicodin for break through pain,that way you could cut down on the vicodin. I'm sorry but in your case I guess you just have to make a tough decision or find a happy medium. Good luck.
have u tried the pain patch fentanyl ?i have had 4 back surgeries and have chronic pain in my back & stomach,after my last surgery pm put me on the fentanyl patch 75mcg and i get 3 5 mgs a day of perc's .and i have fentanyl citrate for the really bad break through pain 200mcg's and i can take 2 15 minutes a part !
my pm would blow her top if i was on as much as u r ! u really need to try the patches !they r great for me!i am as pain free as i can ever be !and i have the other meds if i need them.and sometimes i do cause i have those days where nothing will ease my pain!good luck&God bless!
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