I have to take 3-4 of them at a time and even then it feels like a waste?? My Dr just upped the strength from Lortab 5's but Im still having to take more than a normal dose.What would be the next step??
You are entering a danger zone and your doctor should swing your treatment away from opiates. If you are abusing them already then they aren't working and you need other types of therapies before you end up a full blown addict.
Unfortunately hydrocodone is not meant for chronic pain and using it more than a few weeks to a month often leads to abuse such as yours as your tolerance increases. You are showing signs of addiction and you need to find another way or your life is going to take a turn for the worse. I really can't stress this enough, be careful and really try and find another way... Dave
I disagree 100% with the prior poster. Hydrocodone is meant for as needed pain & if it hasn't been helping you from the start then it wasn't strong enough to start with. I am a chronic pain sufferer and have been on a drug for " Cronic pain" due to two fractured/broken C-1,C-2 vertabrae & have been on MS Contin which clearly states " not for breakthrough pain,or pain directly after surguery. Now what I take for break through pain( if Vicodan was strong enough for the pain I suffer I would take that,but it's not so I take 2 8mg Dilaudid for BT pain) for all other pain I take a long acting pain med like M.S Contin which is NEVER RECOMENDED FOR B.T PAIN AND/OR PAIN AFTER AN OPERATION.
If I were you I would talk to your doc about switching to Oxycodone or Oxycontin( the later if your pain is constant) but 5 or 10 mg I.R Oxycodone or percocet if you want the tylonol whichid avoid if your going to be taking it for a long time just because it's not good for your liver. Back to the other person's answer Hydrocodone is probably one of the most prescribed drugs for pain that will eventully go away where as M.S Contin/Oxcycontin/Oxymorphone are all for pain that's going to be with you for a long time. I hope your doc changes your meds to what will work otherwise it's kinda pointless giving it to you if it doesn't help,don't you think? Well,good luck,& I wish you well. P.S. A pharmacist will tell you the exact same thing I just did if you feel like checking. J.
Wouldn't it help both of the first 2 answerers to know why she is on the pain meds? Is it a chronic condition or is it for acute pain? Alien is right on the addiction part. Fast release opiates that are not working anymore, you take more, you are causing more harm than good. Your brain's system isn't given enough time to regenerate. And if you aren't already, you will be an addict soon. I am addicted. Shattered my mid spine in an accident. L-1 looked like a fireworks display on the x-ray viewer. L-2 was in only 4-5 pieces. Bone fragments entered my spinal canal and damaged my nerve roots. Permanent nerve damage, more surgery needed but can't have it done until my vertebrates and grafts heal completely. When I have my next appt with my surgeon, I will have him up the dose on the ER opiate and hopefully that will help me take much less of the rapid release opiate.
SOURCES: Daughter with Masters in Clinical Psycology. Studied the brains chemicals,receptors, serotonin, endorphines, uptake inhibitors, addictions, etc.
Also my personal surgeon and pain management specialist (who happened to have broken his back as well)
Regardless of who thinks who has the better answer, mom of 7 needs pain relief from her doctor. Have a long chat with him and find out why this is not working. Be honest and tell him how many you are taking at a time. If he is a good doctor, he will give you the proper medication that will work for you. As with most doctors, it is trial and error.
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