I have scollyosis bad. It started when I was 12 years old, now I am 28 years. And its worse now. Now, I found out that my lower back is like a snake PLUS I got bone disease AND nerve disease in my lower back also. And I've been in a wheelchair for about 5 years. I've been taking Lortab 10mg/500 for about 5-7 years (takin 1 every 4 to 6 hours as prescribed) but it does not help but, I am not gonna take no more than prescribed. But, I do need something better something that's gonna help my pain. And, for the past couple of months they've only been working for maybe a couple of hours after I take just one. And also I eat and drink alot of dairy products, and I heard that milk kills pain meds.. I hate taking meds. but, I can't take my back pain. My back hurts so bad it makes me cry. I only weigh 100lbs. I gotta doctors appointment next week, and I wanna know what to get, that way I can make sure that the doctor is not gonna make a mistake. Because, y'all know how some of them gets in a hurry.
In my opinion a low dose of oxycontin with oxycodone as a break thru med, is far superior to lortab. When you have chronic pain it works much better to take an extended release pain med, and prevent pain, rather then try to get rid of it when it gets bad, like you're doing with lortab. Oxycontin isn't a dangerous medication. Its gotten a bad rap because the abusers are crushing it and getting a large dose at once. If it is taken correctly its perfectly safe and is very good at preventing pain.
Percocet or oxycodone/acetaminophen would be the next step up but I agree with KM, you are much better off using a long acting drug to stay ahead of pain taking a short acting for occasional breakthrough pain than to be continually chasing the pain with a short acting drug. Chronic pain should be managed with long acting drugs. I have taken long acting meds for years and my pain is MUCH better managed than when I tried using short acting drugs. With short acting drugs, it was still a constant watching of the clock. I would take a pill, wait about 30 minutes for maybe an hour or two of pain relief then have to wait four or five more hours to be able to take another where with the long acting drugs, I'm pretty much comfortable all the time unless I do heavy cleaning or walking or some unusually strenuous activity.
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