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    Old 09-03-2009, 12:51 PM   #16
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    Re: Vicodin...My doc is afraid to prescribe a dose that is effective for me.

    [My rheumy gives me 10/650 of Vicodin and I have been on it at least five yeras with no increase. It makes my life livable. I take it usually three times a day but like today I didn't take it until 2 this afternoon. I have no desire for it, I have never been addicted. You do not sound like an addictive personality. It is the best I have ever had for my pain. I can do a few things now and I couldn't do anything before. I don't take for a high I take it to function a little bit without pain. I have also used myofascial release therapy which is a special massage but I still have to have my pain pills. I also take lyrica the last year but I do not find a great difference or if I am I will notice because i am weaning myself off of it so if things get worse I guess I will know its working. I think it made me even more of an airhead.

     
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    Old 09-03-2009, 12:56 PM   #17
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    Re: Vicodin...My doc is afraid to prescribe a dose that is effective for me.

    Find a rheumy or pain doctor.

     
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    Re: Vicodin...My doc is afraid to prescribe a dose that is effective for me.

    I'm still on the same dose of Vicodin...the prescription allows me to take up to 6 pills per day of 5/500. One pill alone makes NO dent in my pain, unfortunately. I have to take 3-1/2 Vicodin pills before bedtime because of awful foot pain and back pain (I go to bed within an hour of taking the pills as they're starting to relieve pain), so that only leaves 2-1/2 pills for daytime. I often wake up only a few hours after falling asleep with bad back pain, so I'm surprised that the 3-1/2 pills do not provide more than a few hours of relief. The back pain makes it hard to lay down and sleep. By the way, I didn't have back pain like this before injuring my foot. I've tried spacing all 6 pills out throughout the day, but I get hardly any pain relief that way. I think my pain is too much for what is being prescribed. I tried the 12-hour release Oxycontin 10mg a few times, but it made me very nauseated and didn't do much for pain relief...disappointing. I don't know if I should have tried the Oxycontin for a longer period of time or not, to see if it would be effective long-term.

    I don't understand when people talk about Vicodin giving them a "high." The only thing I've ever felt with Vicodin is nauseated, tired and having difficulty concentrating. If I woke up tomorrow and my pain was miraculously gone, I'd immediately start weaning myself off this med because I hate it. But my doctor has this idea in his head that most people will get addicted to Vicodin. I've had to make it clear that I've never been addicted to anything in my life, so he doesn't need to worry.

    I know I have to find a pain management doctor, but I've just not felt like dealing with my injury issues lately. Just feeling overwhelmed...

    I wish the people who don't suffer in pain knew how lucky they are.

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    Old 09-27-2009, 02:28 PM   #19
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    Re: Vicodin...My doc is afraid to prescribe a dose that is effective for me.

    Yes you do need to find a PM doctor. Ordinary doctors tend not to prescribe strong pain medication. Sometimes pain medication does cause nausea, therefore eat some food before you take the medication. The food will help break down the medication and should help with the nausea. Hope this helps.

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    Old 09-27-2009, 07:00 PM   #20
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    Re: Vicodin...My doc is afraid to prescribe a dose that is effective for me.

    Have you tried high dose ibuprofen (say, 800mg four times a day) ?

    You can get 800mg tablets on prescription, or you jan just take 4 of the OTC 200mg ones.

    You can also take a dose of ibuprofen at the same time as your Vicodin to boost the effect - sat 1 or 1.5 Vicodin with 2 OTC Ibuprofen

    Have you had investigations and specialist referal to try and determine whats causing your pain? If there was some sort of treatable cause, it would be far better to treat it, rather than swallowing pills all the time.

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