i have been on them for over a year. i have grown a tolerence to them and they do not work well anymore. i blame it on my pcp. when he 1st started my pain management, he gave me 120 lorcet 10/650s a month. i think he should have started me off on a lower dose. that way my tolerence would not be so high right now. now, if i want to get on some meds that work, i'll have to talk to my PM doctor. he wont understand. as many of you know, someone stole my pain meds this past month. i was in soooo much pain that i turned to my cousin who is on percocet 10s. she gave me one a couple of years ago, and it made me sooooo sick. i threw up soooo much that night. she gave me a few recently and they worked at first (without making me sick). now its only been a couple of weeks and it seems they are losing their effectiveness too. my body gets use to stuff REALLY unusually fast. now i can take a lorcet 10 and it has the effectiveness of a tylenol. it just doesnt work. i want my tolerence to go back down so my lorcets will work again. i want to taper off altogether, but how does one do that when they are still in chronic pain. im not abusing them. i only take them when im in pain. i try to wait until it is unbearable before i take a pill. and it still barely takes the edge off. nobody ever gave me any options and i feel like i was cheated. at the time, i was just happy to have some relief. but looking back... i wish it were handled differently. im really not sure what to do so my lorcets will work again. what makes it worse, is my PM dr took me down to 60 7.5mgs a month (of the lorcets) they DO NOT WORK AT ALL. i want options. im tired of swallowing pills. im tired of the strain its putting on my family. idk what to do about my pain. i dont handle pain well at all. i really dont know what im asking. i guess the main thing is, how do i get my lorcets to keep working for me? or is there no turning back? should i go without them for a few days and then try to start all over again. i dont feel like im addicted, but i do know im dependent. the meds are a must for me to get out of bed in the morning. but instead of taking one in the morning like i use too, it takes one and a half. should i start cutting back by half of one a day? can they be broken and still be effective? im sorry for writing a book! i go back to my PM dr on the 8th. should i ask him for an alternative treatment. im not sure he'll go for it. its hard enough getting 60 pills from him a month. the first visit to him, he dropped me from 120 pills a month to 30 a month. i talked him up to 40, then 60, but thats when he dropped the mgs. he said he dont think i need 40mgs of hydrocodone a day. i know this is mainly because im 25yrs old. he thinks im too young to be on narcotics i guess. but i dont think they should put an age on pain. people hurt at many different ages. i am really interested in hearing your answers. i would greatly appreciate any responses. xoxo melissa
You know that if you do this it must be done gradually, never ever cold turkey, you do not know what can happen to you, I do, so visit this link please:
You could try taking half of the Lorcet at your regular times. Lets say that you take 10mgs every 6 hours, so now take one-half of the pill(5mgs) every six hours. Do this for several days(about 5 days) until your body adjusts to half of the dosage.
After several days start stretching out the time you take the 1/2 pill(5mgs)to every 8 hours for a couple of days. Then keep going a little longer between doses.
By then your serum levels of the hydrocodone(lorcet) will be at a level that you should not have much trouble getting off as far as withdrawal is concerned. You will probably be having more pain related anxiety rather than opiod withdrawal.As you reduce the dosages be sure to drink plenty of water.
Take care my friend and best of luck, if there is anything else I can do for you PM me OK princess.
i agree melissa there is no age limit to pain ... but i guess SOME doctors think that there is ... if you want to start cutting back ... do it ..if you dont why dont you find another pain doctor?from the sound of your doctor i would find another ... go to a site called ... vitals.com put your address in and what kind of doctor your looking for an they pop up ... i did that an about 20 or so pain doctors came up within a 20 mile radius of where you live ... good luck to you on whatever decision you make ... your friend ... linda
I completely do understand where you are coming from as after I was diagnosed with RSD I believe that the only pain doctor that truly cared did one huge mistake regarding medication that I still take today and I think he did it so that I could get through 3 days a week of PT as back then the danger of it weren't as known. I was put on 10mgs 3 a day of Oxycontin AND Oxycodone IR 10mg for breakthrough pain after the only pain meds for this I had taken before was Hydrocodone 5mgs and Ultram (a short term non narcotic pain med).
Now most doctors shy away from this and many stronger opiate pain meds but I was slowly raised from 10 to 20mgs and as soon as I started seeing another pain doctor he raised me to 40mgs 3 a day at the 2yr mark. I then felt my own breakthrough meds didn't work anymore and that was changed to Hydrocodone which I too became immune to faster than I thought I would.
I've never become immune to the Oxycontin though and my 2nd pain doctor soon tried to raise me to 80mgs which I then refused as I finally had my 1st PC and was able to look things up and see it how dangerous it was even on the news.
After my 2nd pain doc decided he would no longer take care of "medication management patients only", I had no choice but to find another pain doctor that was much closer to my home but was also the worst place I could've ever ended up as after I recently got out of there, it was all over the news how the doctor who ran 7 of these clinics in my state had federal charges against him for over prescribing to 5 patients that died of an OD, reused needles on hundreds of patients, and over billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other ins cos out of over 21 Million in only two years. Thank God he was never MY doctor there but the one who was supposedly lost his Visa and had to go back to India (now I think he would've had charges too and ran).
This doctor still has his medical license but now can't write scripts. I feel so bad for everyone that was in true pain that went there but found out he was also trading narcotics for unnecessary procedures. It took me almost 2yrs to find a doctor willing to take my Medicare only insurance and I was a "patient" of this clinic from Hell for over 6yrs. It only seemed really bad the last 2yrs of going there as even I noticed drug seekers in the waiting room.
I wanted to tell you this story because it is part of the growing problem of why doctors are afraid to prescribe properly to patients that do need help thanks to not only bad patients but also bad doctors.
I wanted off of it but my 1st doctor put me through the entire realm of pain meds to find out I'm allergic to almost everything; even Naproxen.
I do believe since you were never put on stronger opiates that your chances of weaning off easier with help can be done and I agree that you need a much more understanding pain doctor who isn't afraid to give you a pain medication that could truly help you better just because of your age. I was only 31 in 1999 when I was injured/diagnosed.
Just because this type of medication doesn't work for you any longer doesn't mean you don't need pain medication even though I know like me you hate taking it period.
If you can find a better doctor who can offer better options for you whether you end up on a new pain medication or not, seeking a new doctor I believe is the 1st step in meeting your true needs for pain management. It's not just about how your current doctor's fear must have played a role in why he lowered your dosage only proving that you must find a new doctor who isn't afraid to treat your pain properly and knows of newer options for you as well.
Sorry this was so long. You know you can contact me if you have any questions. I hope nobody ever has to go through the horror that I have in the past 2yrs and know that you must fight to know you have the right pain doctor first and then wean off or change what you are doing now.
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