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Old 01-09-2011, 12:32 PM   #1
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need advice for ankylosing spondylitis -PLEASE

I'm new to the board, but have read so many stories, hoping someone out there can give us some real-life advice. my husband has ankylosing spondylitis and crohns disease and been on norco for a year, and we're stopping it tomorrow - his doc stopped the scripts and he is tapering off from 10x pills a day to 6x day to 4x today, then tomorrow he'll be out. he has chronic pain. does anyone else out there have this? and how do you handle the pain without the meds? he wants his pills imediately when he wakes up and complains about his back and neck soooo much, I feel horrible! I'm totally useless.
I'm nervous about tomorrow and next week's withdrawl from the norco!!! please any advice would be welcome. the stories sound just horrible. we've both taken off work, but we have two young kids and I'm very very scared to watch him go through this..... please help!

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Old 01-09-2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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Re: need advice for ankylosing spondylitis -PLEASE

what kind is he on? Why is he stopping them?

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Old 01-09-2011, 09:17 PM   #3
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Re: need advice for ankylosing spondylitis -PLEASE

He's been on hydrocodone for a year - started out with about 3 pills a day (30 mg) and has been recently taking about 10-12/ day and his doctor felt he's becoming addicted (my husband wants off of them too - we're just really scared about the aftermath). So his doc said get off now, no new script - cold turkey. First detox day is tomorrow. I'm nervous!

Old 01-10-2011, 06:11 AM   #4
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Re: need advice for ankylosing spondylitis -PLEASE

I think that your husband has a true chronic pain...Instead of getting off of his meds , He should be checked out by a pain management docter..Both types of problems your hubby has are very painful conditions..And may never get better. A pain Doc would give him better meds that would treat his condition long term and he would not have to suffer..I mean why should anyone suffer these days..Of course , it will not take all the pain away..nothing will..but it will make life livable..JMHO, Cindy
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