Percocet to Vicodin??? Good thing?

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mama2654
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   Posted 12/31/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so I woke up this am with pretty bad pack pain. I am seeing a PM doctor and still deciding if I want to have a fusion done. I had a lamanoctomy (sp) done in April, didnt help me at all, so my neurosurgeon recommended me see a PM dr.
So I was taking Oxcycodone 5mg, didnt help, so I would take the 3 at a time. He was ok with that. Well anyways this am. I am still having alot of pain and it is no longer working. I left a message for him to call me back. I am unsure why since he can't call in any narcotics into my pharmacy unless it is hydrocodone I beleive.
So do you think I should switch to that instead since I can't try anything else right now? There is no way I can get to his office to pick up a new script until next week or so.
Help...Its New Years and I am miserable.

03Mach
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   Posted 12/31/2007 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Oxycodone is a good deal stronger than hydrocodone so i don't know if will offer much relief. The amount of Vicodin you would have to take to get the same relief might contain too much APAP which wouldn't be good at all. Some people do react differently to different meds, so it might help, but I wouldn't get my hopes up. Good luck!

mama2654
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   Posted 12/31/2007 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
What would you reccomend tp be the next drug up?

Mochiah
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   Posted 12/31/2007 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe he can call in the 10/325-mg hydrocodone since Percocet cannot be called in. For a short period of time you could take both the oxycodone you have and the hydrocodone, as long as you do not exceed 4 g (or 4000 mg) of the Tylenol part.

I know those days. My doctor has had to write things and I couldn't pick them up, I was able to send my dad to get it.


Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").


mama2654
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   Posted 12/31/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
What is Norco?

Mochiah
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   Posted 12/31/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Norco is brand name for hydrocodone 10/325.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").


mama2654
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   Posted 12/31/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Well no call back but I can't answer if he calls now anyways, my husband doesnt approve of me taking any pills for the pain. Its a terrible thing, but I have to hide it from him.
I am also in sort of a bind being I can't drive and the dr. is about 30 minutes away. I can't get there until I find a ride.
Does anyone know of any legit online places I can use until I can get to the dr.? Or know of anyone that can afford to get me some? I hate to ask, sounds so low of me. But I can't take this pain anymore. I would pay.
Thanks everyone and I hope you all try to have a pain free happy new year.

Mochiah
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   Posted 12/31/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
What you are asking is illegal. Just hang in there and work with your doctor.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").


mama2654
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   Posted 12/31/2007 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry, I just dont really any anyother options right now. I wasnt sure if it was legal or not. Thanks for letting me know though!

Mochiah
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   Posted 12/31/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I have never used an online pharmacy, I guess they wouldn't exist if they weren't legal, although I do always hear about them being shut down. But, the other part of your question would be illegal. Also, since you already see a PM doctor, getting them online wouldn't exactly be honest. Most people have had to sign a contract with their pain management doctor to only obtain your pain medications through them.

Trust me, I am sure we have all been in a desperate place and while it may make you want to go another route to obtain medicine, it just is not worth it. Once your doctor has found what works for you, I am sure you will be glad you stuck it out. If your PM doctor ever found out you went to an online pharmacy he/she would fire you as a patient and it would be in your record, making it almost impossible to find another doctor. Just be honest with your pain doctor and keep your pain diary.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").


ryand
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   Posted 12/31/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Mochiah's advice is good. I have heard many stories of on-line pharmacies distributing meds that aren't what they say they are or are not approved for use in the U.S. I understand your desperation. Mochiah is right - we've all been there. But getting medications from any source except a doctor's prescription could cause you many more (potentially deadly) problems.

You should also think about having your husband sit in on one of your PM doctor appointments. Having the doctor explain the cause of your pain may help your husband to understand why you need the meds. It would be safer for you if your husband was aware of every drug you are taking so if there was some emergency he could be an informed advocate for you.

I hope you will find a resolution soon and the new year will bring physical comfort for you.

mama2654
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   Posted 1/1/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much all. My PM dr. did not even call me back yesterday. I am suprised. Also, when you do go to your dr., is it monthy just for refills? I kinda of friend weird when I have to go, like I should explain myself for being there. Did that make much sense? Like do you all go monthy just for your refills and to check in? Is it ok to go every month, or every few weeks? My dr. only gave me 40 pills, which is not enough for 30 days, as I can take up to 5 a day? What would you all reccomend?
Thank you again, I am so new to this PM thing. I also have an appt with my neursurgeon to go over my Diskogram results in a few weeks. But if I decide not to do surgery now, my only option is pain medication for now. So I reguraly have to see my PM dr, I assume.
Happy New Year

IBS
Laminectomy '07
Discogram with positive results, dr. suggested Fusion L4L5.
Meds: Percocets

Mochiah
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   Posted 1/1/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I go once a month, it is actually every 28-30 days depending on how the days fall (if it is a weekend at 30 days, I can go at 28).

What does it say on your prescription bottle? How many pills, how many times a day? That is how you can figure out when you are supposed to go again.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").


mama2654
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   Posted 1/1/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
It says take 1 pill as needed for severe pain??? But I told him sometimes I do have to take 2 at a time. And it was for 40 pills, so if I do that math thats only like 9 days worth. But I feel like a "seeker" if I go back every 2 weeks. What do you think?

Mochiah
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   Posted 1/1/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
You have already called their office so they know it isn't helping. Today is a holiday, so you won't hear back today. Perhaps you could call again tomorrow and ask if you can get in to be seen. I know transportation is an issue for you, but having them just call in something else probably won't work since it would be weaker. At the very least you would have to go pick up the written prescription from the office. You will have to tell the nurse your situation and could probably ask her when it is you are supposed to come back in...if you are still in pain I am sure they are going to want to see you.

In the time being, try putting a heating pad on. You could try doing stretches...lay in your bed on your back, bend one knee, grab behind that knee and pull as close to your chest as comfortable. Then switch legs. It relieves the pressure on the vertebrae. You could also try getting on all 4's, then tuck your pelvis down, and slowly arch your back up (it's called a cat stretch). These are 2 of the exercises I do every day (I have to do them in bed because I would never make it back up off the floor)!
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").


mama2654
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   Posted 1/1/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I will call the office tomorrow, they dont have a nurse though, and the receptionist is actually quite RUDE. But I do need some answers. Have you ever dealt with your office when they arent "nice, or understanding"? I mean the dr is once I see him, just not the rest of his staff.
I will try those stretches tonight, thanks!!!!!
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