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Hi Weaver....generally, docs don't prescribe 2 short acting meds at the same time. Percocet and Vicodin are both short acting. I've never heard of any doc prescribing any type of b/t med while taking Vicodin or while taking Percocet. Percocet and Vicodin are both prescribed (not at the same time) as b/t meds while taking long acting meds like Oxycontin, Duragesic, or Morphine. If your pain is not being well controlled, maybe it's time to switch to a long acting med and use the Vicodin as a b/t med. Just a thought.

P.S. Aranger...we posted at the exact same time. :) Anyway, ditto!
thanks for the replies...

When I asked for something stronger than the vicodin she gave me, she got a little upset with me... She said - it is more - you can now use it 4 times a day instead of the 2 you were doing. Well, I said the doses I was using werent helping much unless pain was low.

She is like you didn't want to do what I suggested (which was the MSContin or Morphine longacting) the first time. And, I reminded her thats because I wanted to try the Lidoderm patch just "in case" in helped - which was futile... cuz it did squat.

What I finally told her in tears was that I wasn't trying to be difficult I just dont want to take the stronger drugs if something else would work and that I don't know about pain meds other than the nasty rumors I hear about them.

She didnt offer percs on an as needed basis as I do have pain round the clock maybe that is why she didnt consider them. AND, maybe all pain docs do start with this regime.

What she said is that I would be "committed" to her. Go every 2 weeks, plan on going through withdrawal when I cut back or go off of them.

I told her I don't have a problem with the commitment I am just having trouble accepting I NEED these drugs. I guess society has worked a number on me. I feel like I HAVE to be tough and deal with the pain.

However, now that I have surgery in 6 weeks I am praying it will help get me going in the right direction and there will be an end in sight w/o narcotics.

I always have to find a "silver lining" in the choices I make lol - and my silver lining in taking the meds now is that it will give me a chance to find the right dose before surgery rather than coming out of surgery and needing them and having to go through all the dose changes I may need. Better to find out now than after when I have surgical pain.

I think my biggest problem is mental - I feel weak and, now, dependent on a doctor to take care of me. I hate that feeling.

How do you all cope with the mental aspect of using narcotics round the clock???