Hydrocodone and pancreatitis

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Hi, I've been suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome since i was about 18 years old, after twice getting pancreatitis due to a pancreatic defect (and following many surgeries). I've been on hydrocodone (lortab) 5/500 since it started. When it first began, I was on a higher dose, but now I take VERY little every day, as I'm worried about my liver. I take 3/4 of a 5/500 pill every night, just to take the edge off of the pain so I'm able to sleep.
I have abused hydrocodone and oxycodone on and off for 8 years, with many drug free periods. My biggest problem is this God awful depression i get, but i always remember after 2 weeks, I always start to feel much better.
I do have severe arthitis pain and am a 51 year old woman. I have to cut down and recently cut down to 10 a day and have experienced physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms. I have some clonidine and don't know how much to take for withdrawal. What is the recommended dosage. My goal is to eventually cut down to 4 a day, but have been very uncomfortable at 10. I also take effexor and trazadone for depression, but I am so depressed right now.
I have had pancreatitis since December 2006 and have had pain pretty much every day since. I also have Pancreas Divisum and a stricture in the main duct ( an MRI at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St,Louis has shown the the duct is completely closed off) that was caused from a 9cm pseudocyst. I take Norco (hydrocodone) 10/325mg for pain.
Hi guys and ladies, 12 years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic musculoskeletal disorder and have been on Hydrocodone ever since. 14 years ago I got pancreatitis, and I ended up never really losing the pain that comes with it. For maybe a year, I was on 2-3 hydrocodone 5/500 a day, and since then, I've had to take it almost every day (that's 12 years).
You will get all the pancreatitis info. that you need. It is www.pancassociation.org and scroll down to Pancreatitis Online Discussion Board & Support Group , click on that and then go to the right of your screen and click Join This Group! It is free and you will meet people that are going through the same thing. Actually it saved my daughter's life. She like you had alot of pain and they thought it was her gallbladder and removed it . She continued to go down hill. We found a dr.
They are 2 different kinds of medication, one hydrocodone and the other oxycodone. So of course I think you are having wd symptoms from stopping the oxycodone - that is stronger than the hydro. Are you still on the morphine? Just curious on that. If not, good because it's one less thing you have to wd from. The only hope I can give you is that since you are having major wd symptoms from going off the oxy, when you finally go off the hydro, your wd symptoms will hopefully not be nearly as bad.
10 years ago I started with severe abdominal pain diagnosed pancreatitis with amylase levels over 500. I have had my amylase fractionated and it is coming from my pancrease (not salivary or ovarian). Severe acute attacks intermittently managed with pain medication and diet (good days and bad days type of thing) for 5 years before I finally had a CCK HIDA with an ejection fraction of 7%.
after having gone asleep) progressed to my elbows and slightly above, and to my knees and slightly above on the outer part of my thighs. The tingling was full-foot and full-hand, as well the full circumference of all four limbs to the major joint bilateral. The "progression" up my limbs took only a few days. My arms and shoulders have begun to feel weak, and I have periodic muscle twitches in tricep/calf.
My primary doctor refused to give me anymore pain medication so I went to another doctor. He gave me vicodin and a referral to another GI specializing in liver and pancreas disorders. This doctor is so busy I can't get in for a consult till mid August and the vicodin isn't working anymore. My new doctor says he is reluctant to give me anything stronger because he doesn't want me to build up a tolerance to narcotics.
I get RLS and jitters. I hate it. My pancreas acts up too. I'm on them because I have bad chronic pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis. I'm trying to wean but it has been difficult b/c of pain and w/d's and the docs say teh w/d can hurt the baby. So, if I am dependent that does that mean the baby has a higher chance of being too? I've heard so many conflicting things. I talked to a neonatologist that said it totally depends and noone knows. But, they must have some idea.
Well that being said, I am addicted to hydrocodone and ambien, which started innocently enough but very quickly grew into something far beyond pain management. Since I was 21 its been one addiction or another. I smoked meth for several years and one day hated myself so much that with Gods help I walked away clean and never again had so much as a twinge of want for it again.
In 1999, I underwent back surgery and was left with chronic back pain, for which I was prescribed OxyContin. OxyContin caused acute pancreatitis, and I was switched to Hydrocodone, which I took regularly for four years. In 2000, I started to feel severe depression and insomnia. In 2002, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and was given Zyprexa. Zyprexa helped somewhat, but triggered diabetes and seemed to lose effectiveness after the first month or so.
With that said, I will say that a few months ago at work, I attended a training at work on pregnancy and drug abuse. The Doctor who gave this training did say that if a woman is taking hydrocodone (vicodin) during her pregnancy, that the baby will be born physically dependant, and will have to undergo uncomfortable withdrawals after birth. I don't know for sure if the same holds true for oxycodone, but I would assume that it does. But..
5 mg of Hydrocodone with tylenol and Lorcet/Lortab is 10mg of Hydrocodone with tylenol The hydrocodone is what gets you high and the tylenol is what destroys your liver (especially if regular alcohol use is present) I don't know of a more effective pain reliever than oxycotin or morphine (I think they are the strongest). Please be careful taking these meds, as you can see, many of us here have become addicted. My own use/addiction started out after surgery.
Some possibilities which had similar symptoms on one of the web checkers were -hepatitis A and pancreatitis, so you might want to check those out too. I've had ulcers before and this isn't even close to ulcer pain. This is a dull constant pain in my case and I'm tired of it. good luck to you.
is still there) My husband doesn't want to hear about my pain so when it gets real bad and he wants me to ignore it and do something with him, I reach for my hydrocodone to help me through. It makes me feel calm and "good" and out of pain. I know I have abused it because I have taken it sometimes when the pain wasn't all that bad just to "feel good". I have a beautiful daughter who is 13. She is a good girl. I don't want her to turn out like me.
I contacted my family doctor the day after this began and he ordered me 6 days of oral Levaquin, 80mgs of Prednisone for 6 days, and 5mg hydrocodone for the pain. I have taken the meds faithfully - although the Levaquin is killing my colitis - but no change. I only seem to be getting worse. I hate to run to the ER to say I have a stomach ache, but I'm getting desperate now. Any ideas out there? Thanks so Much!
However, there is validity to the premise that pain will actually keep you alive longer, and it's always an ongoing challenge to find the balance of pain and/or anxiety control. Remember, too, that acute co-morbid events, ie: coronary, pulmonary or spontaneous bleeding and clotting can occur at any time and hasten death Additionally, it is not uncommon for liver failure patients to wax and wane in terms of their mentation, confusion and overall state.
The only pain meds they gave me was hydrocodone 2 every 4-6 hours. That is not working. I am taking it every two hours and the pain still lingers. I was told I would feel so much better, and I feel worse than I have ever felt before. Is something wrong? Should they have sent me home with antibiotics? The pain is located in my upper right side abdomen area and back.
Ive been sick for weeks before with pancreatitis and am not sure if i can take the withdrawal. Is there anything that will help with the nausea that i can get without a doctor. cant afford it.
and your daughter being on it for several weks per month for a year, she is both dependant and addicted to the hydromorphone and the hydrocodone. It is sad seeing as your daughter did not choose to have the situation given to her in no way. I was severely and heavily addicted to snorting both Heroin and Oxycontin for two and half years. it destroyed me and my families lives. It ruined every friendship I once thought I had had and every relationship that could have been.
Despite the risk of pancreatitis, I went through the ERCP a week ago. Thank goodness I awakened only to nausea and no pancreatitis. I would not jump at the chance to do it a second time but I think it is worth the risk. I'm still not at the root of the problem yet. As the assistant told my family "at least we know what it isn't." CalGal referred me to an article on SOD. I have no idea if manometry was done so I have to wait until I see the gastric doc.
I've had severe gastritis and diarrhea for over 2 mos. and have gone off antibiotics, neurontin, and celebrex during that time. Have had a negative CT scan and many negative blood tests (including hepatic panel)- except for high glucose - and negative culture for H. pylori. The pain is nearly constant in some part of my mid-abdomen, but is horrendous when it goes to my back, left of spine, above the waist, and lasts for hours - usually starting in afternoon, and worsens with lying down.
I contacted my family doctor the day after this began and he ordered me 6 days of oral Levaquin, 80mgs of Prednisone for 6 days, and 5mg hydrocodone for the pain. I have taken the meds faithfully - although the Levaquin is killing my colitis - but no change. I only seem to be getting worse. I hate to run to the ER to say I have a stomach ache, but I'm getting desperate now. Any ideas out there? Thanks so Much!
When the pain elevated to the point I could no longer work my physician (FP) took me off hydrocodone and put me on Duragesic patches daily, and Actiq lozenges to be used as needed. He also added Lasix to my regimen because my ankles and feet were very swollen and I was also put in a wheelchair to help with mobility. These made a considerable difference in my pain control and allowed me to become more active. The first summer on disability I had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.
When I had turn 10 years old I started to abuse hydrocodone and gabapentin, as well as other types of pain meds. I took a break from it when I turned 21 due to my pregnancy, and id say three years later I started again, not as bad as before but I drink regularly. Just recently I have pain on my upper right side below my ribs. I know this pain is coming from my liver, I am extremely concerned. What are your comments on this, anything helps.
Is this pancreatitis? I have to take dilauded for the pain and I don't want to keep doing that. I'm a teacher and I had to leave work early yesterday and I am home today in pain. The report also stated "There was vigorous peristalsis that could not be subdued with glucagon." What does this mean? Thanks for your help.
He specializes in bilary issues such as SOD and pancreatitis. Have your liver levels been elevated during an attack of pain ? . There are 3 types of sphincter of oddi . There is Type 1 dilated bile duct and elevated liver levels and pain Type 2 elevated liver levels or dilated bile duct and pain Type 3 Pain only. So if you do not have elevated liver enzymes during attacks it does not mean you not have it. Type 3 is just pain only this is the most difficult to treat.
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