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Greetings to All!

I am pretty new to this forum, and I am looking forward to hearing from other members to share experiences and learn new things - and possibly to help someone else at the same time.

I was just prescribed hydrocodone 7.5 mg/500 mg for chronic neck and back pain. While it seems to really be helping me with the neck pain, my back is still killing me. I am not sure if it is because of my posture - the way I sit when typing or reading - but nothing seems to help the back pain. Are there other, stronger pain medications that any of you might recommend? I have read about morphine pills, but I have never taken any of them. I have also seen something about a morphine pump, but I am not familiar with that either.

I don't get any relief from NSAIDS, Ultram or Darvocet. I went to a chiropractor and a physical therapist and, in my opinion, they made matters worse.

Anything you might be able to suggest would be greatly appreciated. It would give me a good starting point for discussion with my doctor at my next visit.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Kay
 
Posts: 5 | Location: Great Falls, Montana | Registered: 08-13-2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hi Kay,

Welcome to the ChronicPainConnection forum. We're glad to have you but sorry you have a reason to have to be here.

There are some stronger medications––oxycodone and morphine come to mind. However, both are Schedule II controlled substances with high potential for abuse, therefore most doctors are hesitant to prescribe them for chronic pain. Personally, I have no experience with morphine and have only taken oxycodone once for a temporary problem. There may be others here who can share more personal experiences with you. Of course, ultimately only you and your doctor can determine if either would be appropriate for you.

If you're thinking about a morphine pump, check under General Discussion on this forum. There is a thread titled "Willing to share experience with intrathecal morphine pump implant." There you will find several pages of posts with people sharing their experiences with the morphine pump. This link should take you to the first page of the discussion: http://forums.healthcentral.com/discussion/chronic-pain.../f/7251032/m/8491036

Please keep us posted on how you are doing and let us know if you have any other questions.


Karen Lee Richards
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I wanted to know if anyone you takes pain meds for chondromalacia and plantar fasiitis.I have for the past 4 years i take ms contin and hydrocodone.i have had chronic pain this whole time and i just wanted to if iam not only in this. thank you
 
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I am prescribed a time-release morphine called Kadian. I also get Oxycodone 5 mg @ (3) to be used for breakthru pain.

This is pretty much standard now by pain specialists.

Hope you are able to find the pain relief you need.
 
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i'm on:

vicodin (hydrocodone)
Percocet (Oxycodone)
Nocro

i change it up daily because i hear that's a way to "delay" the abuse affects. unfortunately, they don't do much and they only last a few short hours. i'm thinking of asking for some morphine pills, but, again, i don't want to get stuck on those either. i've taken to the thought of only taking it when absolutely necessary (as in, laying in bed/floor crying) and taking as much advil as i can cram down my hatch to deal with it otherwise when possible. although, the pain has been REALLY bad these past few weeks, so i've been taking them up to x3 daily (not good!). i'd be lying to myself to say that there isn't some form of a physical addiction (my mind says "no", but my body has a different opinion - mind is still stronger than the body..) that i will have to adress as soon as i'm physically capable. i'd really like to get off these painkillers, but, as of now, i haven't any choice.. Frowner

anybody have any ideas of what else i can ask the doctors for that will:
1)help to relieve the pain
2)keep the pain at bay for longer than 4-6hrs
3)doesn't leave me unable to function (like driving)
4)doesn't carry such a high risk of addiction..


you don't have to be faster than the bear, you simply need to be faster than the slowest person running from the bear.
 
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Yes...ask for KADIAN...it is a time release Morphine.

There is also MS Contin which is a time release Oxycodone...but this is the med that the feds are trying to take off the market cause they say the bad guys are selling it...they want to forget about us good guys in pain!
 
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yea, really.. they're trying to take psuedophedrine off the market, too.. all because some people decide to use it to make methamphedimines, the rest of us will not be able to relieve our colds as well. i say, let 'em blow up their houses - it's their choice to do so. it doesn't really matter what anyone comes up with to help people out, someone will always find a way to abuse it..


you don't have to be faster than the bear, you simply need to be faster than the slowest person running from the bear.
 
Posts: 47 | Location: Los Angeles, CA | Registered: 01-07-2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hello all
New to the post but not to pain.I have been taking morphine sulfate and ms contin for 2 years now and the duragesic patches for 2 years prior to that.I hate taking pills ,but we do what we have to.These 2 pain meds are about the best for back pain I have tried.
The hydrocodone and meds like that work for a little while but i have found my body built up a tolerance for them.
hope things get better for you.
 
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Originally posted by Feya:
Yes...ask for KADIAN...it is a time release Morphine.

There is also MS Contin which is a time release Oxycodone...but this is the med that the feds are trying to take off the market cause they say the bad guys are selling it...they want to forget about us good guys in pain!


I see that this is a fairly old post, but I saw it and wanted to say...that MS Contin is NOT controlled release Oxycodone, it's controlled release Morphine. OxyContin is controlled release Oxycodone.
 
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My question back to you is, how have you convinced your doctor to prescribe pain meds in the first place? It has been my experience over the past three years in dealing with chronic pain associated with MS that a doctor who beleives in prescribed pain meds is virtually impossible!
 
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It depends what you take it for. I hate pain meds cause of how they make me feel and hard to take care of children. They also make my migraines worse but for my neck and back problems, I found Neurotin, a nerve medicine to help with the pain and it helps me sleep too. It has a lot of off label uses. Also a muscle relaxant called Flexeril helps for general pain problems but will make you tired for a day or two. -aimes
 
Posts: 12 | Location: Arkansas | Registered: 09-10-2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have Lupus. I'm not quite on the right "mix" of meds to keep things right. Advil is my best friend, though.

I have Flexeril, it worked for awhile, but it didn't do all that much for me. I still have Norco, though. That will help with the pain sometimes, but for the most part, it's about distraction.

For the person about a doctor writing for pain medications, I don't go to a regualr doctor for these meds. I go to Pain Management, and see a specialist in chronic illnesses like Lupus. He gives me these medications so that I'm not curled up in a ball, crying all day. With the pain meds, I can function. I can get up and do my schoolwork - even though I'm a bit "fuzzy" in the head.


you don't have to be faster than the bear, you simply need to be faster than the slowest person running from the bear.
 
Posts: 47 | Location: Los Angeles, CA | Registered: 01-07-2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Originally posted by HarleyL:
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i change it up daily because i hear that's a way to "delay" the abuse affects.
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anybody have any ideas of what else i can ask the doctors for that will:
1)help to relieve the pain
2)keep the pain at bay for longer than 4-6hrs
3)doesn't leave me unable to function (like driving)
4)doesn't carry such a high risk of addiction..


Ok, first let's understand that there is physical dependence, tolerance, and addiction. They are not the same things.

I think above, you meant "changing up daily to delay [dependence/tolerance.]" Dependence and tolerance are different for everyone, and I have no idea if your theory is sound.

For recommendations, I recommend that EVERYONE pick up a copy of "The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs" for their home medical libraries. It's a big fat softcover abridged edition of the big hardcover PDRs that doctors (and libraries) have. The pocket guide runs about $9 (US) or so. I found it at my local pharmacy. I'm sure you can find it in lots of places or online. The index is categorized by medical conditions/symptoms, so you can check out any pain meds (or ANY meds) you're on, or want to ask your doctors about.

Almost anything in the moderate to severe pain category is going to have potential for dependence and/or tolerance if taken for more than a few weeks. But you know what? It's not just pain meds that have this risk. Meds for blood pressure, siezures, asthma, and other conditions can also cause dependence.

IMHO, so what? If you're lucky enough to ever cure your pain, THEN I'd worry about dealing with the dependence issues when you come to that bridge.

Good luck.
 
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