Hydrocodone for sciatica

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To give you a brief overview, an advisory panel to the FDA has recommended tighter restrictions on hydrocodone-containing drugs, which would essentially classify them among the most dangerous prescription medications available to patients. Having receiving patients for hydrocodone dependency for many years, I seen firsthand how dangerous this drug can be, which is why I am pleased to see the FDA taking steps to help prevent abuse.
I also have sciatica, which is dulling my quality of life, at least for the time being. So I've noticed that the medicine has changed my mood and I get irritable on the off hours where I do not take it, so I know I need to cut back and stop. I'm in trouble because I also need to quit smoking cigarettes as soon as possible and it seems like it would be mental suicide to try to quit both at the same time. I don't know what to do or how to approach this situation. Any answers are much appreciated.
Hi Steve, no your right you really shouldn't ever take someone elses medication. that said taking too much aspirin is also dangerous, Tylenol would be a much better alternative as long as you stay under 2000 mg daily. Yes it certainly does sound very much like sciatica, I have had this for years. Question is have you injured your lower back or is it possible you have degenerative disk disease? Or an inflamation that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve? Are you having any lower back pain?
unfortunately you have been maxing out on a lot of em, which means its best for you to have a long term taper program,because of teh amount you have been on. try, getting to ten for 3 days,then 8 for 3 days, then 6 for 4days, then 5 for 3 days, then 4 for 3 days, then down to 3 for 4 days, now 2 for 4 days, then down to one for 3 days. then time to jump ship all together. I would say thats about the best approach, or you can shorten it, make it faster........
I have gone to a chiropractor, accupuncturist, and physio therapist. I've tried hot and cold therapy. My doctor has even prescribed Tylenol #3 for the pain, but that isn't even touching it. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I don't know how much more I can take. I can't sit or sleep. Standing isn't too bad, but I can only stand for so long. Going to go insane.
I have been taking hydrocodone 10-325 for about 3 months now. I started at about 3-4 a day but now I am up to 6 a day. I am almost finish with my Rx and I want to wean myself off. I have not been on them long and I already see a difference in my behavior. That is the reason I need to wean off quickly. I had lumbar surgery and the pain is gone from the sciatica and from the surgery. I don't see the need to take them anymore but I am addicted.
t know enough, but you should post over on the other forums, because no matter what...whether he is taking it for pain or for a high, snorting anything is VERY bad for his health, and can be very dangerous. And it is a very addictive behaviour. Is he taking some of your meds also? Or does he just take his own? I didn;t understand part of what you wrote... so if you post over in the link i put for you, you may get a lot more answers...out of all the addiction forums, it sees the most traffic...
I have been taking hydrocodone 10-325 for about 3 months now. I started at about 3-4 a day but now I am up to 6 a day. I am almost finish with my Rx and I want to wean myself off. I have not been on them long and I already see a difference in my behavior. That is the reason I need to wean off quickly. I had lumbar surgery and the pain is gone from the sciatica and from the surgery. I don't see the need to take them anymore but I am addicted.
I've been on opiates for pain for about 10 years. My most recent prescription was for Norco 10/325, one every four hours. Over the past few weeks, I've weaned down to 15mg per day and today I'm trying just 10mg. After a couple days I plan to try 5mg per day for a couple of days and then stop. I've been through withdrawal b4 and it's lasted as long as 2 weeks. I've already started using the Thomas recipe. Also, I'm already feeling so bad I've had to take some tme off work.
My OB told me not to see my pain doctor anymore and to wean myself off of the hydrocodone. That I needed to see a rehabilitation place for my pain. I tried to wean but that didnt work.... I couldnt help myself. So when I ran out I called the OB office and told them that I was going through withdrawals and needed help. They said that they had already ref me to the rehabilitation place and that they could do nothing for me. I called the rehab.
my doctor put me on hydrocodone in my 2nd trimester to take just as needed for severe pain and i took them that way and had no problems. that of course doesn't mean we are all the same and i am sure if he had a problem at birth i would have felt like it was that but i know several people who took it during pregnancy just in small amts for extreme cases.
I have been taking 3 to 4 10/325 Hydrocodone for 6 months due to a lower disc herniation and sciatica. I am in good health, exercise 5 days a week and take nutritional supplements. I want to get off the hydro and would like to know the best way to limit the withdrawal symptoms. I have about 35 pills left as of today. I am a strong Christian and feel guilty that I have let things get to the point where I think I am addicted. I feel with God's power and a good plan I can overcome this.
Hi everyone - I'm a 58 year old widow living in the Tidewater Va area - I work in a marina office. I've had chronic back problems all my life and had surgery in Nov 2005. I thought I was progressing well, then things got worse and I had a lot of sciatica and my lower back pain got worse as well. I was eventually referred to a pain mgt doctor who told me my problem was due to scar tissue that has trapped the sciatic nerve - apparantly another disc went south since the surgery as well.
My sciatica nerve has bothered me since my 2nd child. My doctor prescribed my hydrocodone for th pain on as needed. I was wondering if this was safe for the baby. I have been to baby check ups and the baby is fine. Any comments or questions?
Need support taking my meds the way I am supposed to. I've been taking norco for over 9 years.Currently I am supposed to take 4x 10/325 a day. I have neuropathy in my feet and bouts of sciatica, have had severe depression bouts. I quit taking anti depressants and have lorazapam and don't abuse it. Around xmas I had a bout with shingles in my good leg and left foot top of butt all the way down. Took way more norco than I was supposed to. Doc gave me an early refill, Thank God...
Hi everyone - I abused hydrocodone for a period of three weeks and went through w/d a week ago, which was a nightmare. Needless to say, I learned my lesson about abusing drugs and never, ever, ever want to do it again. My question is this: I still have chronic back pain, and my dr. prescribed more hydrocodone. I want to take it responsibly.
Pain is still an issue and iI have trouble focusing anyway-the pain is intense. My doctor prescribed short term hydrocodone(10/500) for it-only 10 pills and it was specifically for this long weekend-but I don't want to have to take them because it sets up the opiate **** in my body that I am trying to get away from.......I take warm baths, do stretches, listen to speaker tapes, try and work in my books, call my sponser, go to meetings and other things.
5 hydrocodone 200 mg ibuprofen) everyday for 4 months; staying within the recommended dosage of 3-5 tablets a day. I first began taking it for severe sciatic pain (I'm a professional dancer and I could not work with the pain). After two months of being on the medication I woke up one day with severe pain in the joints of my fingers and I could barely bend them. Since then, the hand and wrist pain, along with periodic numbness, have never completely subsided and at times it is even worse.
no. I'm actually terrified of speaking to the Dr. I don't know where to start. I NEVER imagined I'd be on these sites trying to find comfort. For months I've been saying I can't take this anymore. I'm tired of the pain in my back/sciatic nerve that never rests for 5 minutes. But I reached a point where I'm so TIRED of being tied to a bottle of pills. . . .and I don't know how I got to this point. I'm a professional w/ a good career, single mom for 15 years and have done well for myself.
I have honestly wondered if I could do as well, on the relaxing/sleeping front, with some good single malt scotch , but for now I have started 3 times a week 'pain management yoga' class that has stretched out the sciatica related muscles that become so inflamed. Again thanks for your comment and support.
They are hard to find but typically the doctor you would visit to get your MMJ license renewed would prescribe the opioids or refer you to another doctor that is MMJ Friendly. Another option is for you to ask the doctor for a prescription for Marinol...it is synthetic THC. I should mention that when my mother was dying from cancer, she said that the Marinol wasn't helping her eat, it was only the real marijuana that helped but things may be different for you. Good luck.
I don't need to know anything more about you to predict this. You're tolerance for the hydrocodone will rapidly increase. You'll start doubling up on doses. You'll use whatever stories or ploys you can think of to increase the amount the doc gives you or get refills early (I'm working out of state for my company and won't be here when I would normally refill my pills. Therefore, please give me my refill now. -- that one works on some pharmacists but not on others.
a hydrocodone / oxycodone habit growing bigger every day (since last March. I'd been clean for many years until that time) I haven't been able to taper. Tried twice and failed. I've gotten advice to seek an outpatient detox program (I can't take time off work, nor let my wife know what's up. Please take this as a non-negotiable truth. I took advice and called around. According to my first calls, it appeared that every place wanted me to stay on the program for a minimum of 180 days.
Hi Momwithissues, I have been completely off hydrocodone for one week as of tonight, as I write this. I wish I had magic for you, but I don’t. This past week has been pure hell. I am over the intense body pain and the worst of the chills, but I still can’t sleep. I am trying to knock myself out with Benadryl, which usually puts me under, but doesn’t seem to be having any effect on me now. I would really suggest to you that you can’t do this alone.
You should speak with your doctor as you describe sciatica pain which sometimes responds better to drugs that are prescribed for nerve damage such a Lyrica. Good Luck and God Bless.
This is an extremely timely article that was just published mostly for general practitioners in the Annals of Family Medicine Magazine. I thought that it some numbers in it were both troubling and fascinating to want to share it with all of you. In a nut shell it says what I have been saying all along - doctors write too many opiate prescriptions for far many chronic pain patients. Nearly 15,000 people die from opiate prescription overdoses than both heroin and cocaine combined.
I am new to the group, but I am absolutely amazed at how much support there is in this forum! I felt so alone and then stumbled upon this when I was trying to search for the symptoms of w/d from Hydrocodone. I keep getting so excited b/c I will read a post and think "OMG, this person is IDENTICAL to me!!", and then it will just happen again and again! I am so not used to that! I don't know anyone with my problem.
If so how many milligrams a day did/do you take and how long does it take for the Neurontin to start working? I'm currently taking about 70mg of hydrocodone/day and I want to stop. I hate being on opiate painkillers for so long. I have a prescription for 100mg of gabapentin to take 3x a day. Does anyone know how much to take for cold turkey opiate withdrawal? And should I let the gabapentin build up in my body before I stop taking the hydro?
I had sciatica for sometime and found it crippling. During the course of a check-up my GP did a check for Vitamin B12 levels and I was very low. B12 is the only vitamin that cannot be directly absorbed by the body and requires a gland in your stomach to emit an enzyme to allow it to absorb. As you get older this gland can stop working. They will do a blood test looking for an "intrinsic factor" to see if your stomach is capable of absorbing B12.
9 Alkaline Phosphatase 64 AST 38 ALT 21 I am a 24 year old male. I am prescribed hydrocodone 10/500's in which I have been taking for 3 years for lower back issues and sciatica. I also take various workout suppements involving krealkalyn(creatine). Are any of these results associated with the kidneys? If so,which ones? Everything im reading online shows liver coming up alot,just making sure the kidneys were actually tested. Thank you guys very much for any help.
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