My Dr has me taking UP TO 12 5/500mg vicodin per day for arthritis & other knee issues. I am looking for something alittle more comparable, that would last longer and so I would not have to take so many a day. I never usually have to take that many, but I walk for a living, and some days are worse then others. I am only 25 and have a hard enough time having my Dr taking me seriously, so I dont want to push my luck and have him think I am abusing them. I work for the federal government, and my legs are my income, so I do not have an addiction, I just feel like they are starting to not do the job anymore, and I do NOT like taking that many. Any suggestions or a list of comparable medications? Thanks all
You came to the right place and i would be happy to oblige well i totally know what you mean about taking too many on top of that there is alot of tylenol in that version of vicodin. Mostly your point to your doctor should be that it has to much tylenol. They make another version of vicodin its called norco 10/325 also comes in 5/325 and 7.5/325. It sounds like he is scared of giving you pain meds. or he would have done this by now but usually they start raising the milligrams cause we become tolerant. If he decides he doesnt want to give you anything stronger so you dont have to take so much ask him to give you a referal to a pain management doctor. Pain management doctors can actually help you more in the department of managing your pain of course and these doctors are not afraid at all of raising your milligrams. Or you might actually like a round the clock pain medicine like opana, or morphine etc... these you can aquire from a pain management doctor. Either way like i said if your regular physician isnt comfortable giving you these stronger meds. tell him you would like a ref. to pain management. You can also do this on your own cause some practices dont require a referal you just make an appt. tell them what you are currently taking and that they are not helping your pain any longer and dont be afraid to tell them you need something stronger. Hope this helped your friend michelle!
If your doctor is willing to have you take 12 a day I would think he would be amenable to trying something more long lasting, such as extended release morphine, etc. As answered above, that is great deal of tylenol you are consuming each day- even if your doctor wants to stick with hydrocodone, Norco is indeed a better choice as it has a lot less tylenol. I also think something with an anti inflammatory factor would be helpful. My pain management doctor's care has caused my pain to actually be liveable for the first time in years (for me a combination of the fentanyl patch and up to 3 norco for breakthrough pain.) Pain management doctors do not suffer from the suspicious bias against pain medication that so many other doctors have. Sure, the meds are addictive. Would we all rather not use them? Absolutely. We would rather not be in constant debilitating pain too. But addiction is the necessary evil that easing the suffering exacts. And a pan management doctor knows that.
I also want to suggest that you think about trying water aerobics. I know you already walk a lot, but the water is great for pain and arthritis. It has changed my life.
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