trying to wean myself off of lortab

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kimber9807
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   Posted 4/13/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I am trying to wean myself off of lortab and trying to go back on Ibuprofren. I only have enough of lortab for one more week and I dont know if the  surgeon will prescribe me anymore. I havent even tried to ask . So far today I only took one lortab   because I was in bad pain . I certainly hope I can do this . I dont have a pm anymore  . My pcp dont believe in pain meds and I dont think the surgeron will prescribe me anymore. I havent really asked him. He was more than generous with refill my pain meds as long as he did. Im going to need your support in this. ((((((hugs))))))))
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds lunesta, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase. ibuprofren, zyrtec and benadryl.


momtofourangels
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   Posted 4/13/2010 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Kimber
 
You sure have my support.   I wish you luck getting off the Lortab, if that's what you want to do.    ((((((((((hugs))))))))))))
 
Loretta
Dx:  ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety


kimber9807
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   Posted 4/13/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Loretta.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: lunesta, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase. ibuprofren, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added today: folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.


MsBunky
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   Posted 4/13/2010 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Kimber, I'm concerned with the fact you're still having that much pain at the surgical site. You might want to consider asking the surgeon if there's any chance a gallstone or piece of one isn't stuck in a duct somewhere. Perhaps an ultrasound is in order, just to be sure.

I had my gallbladder out a few years ago after dealing with major attacks for over two years, and my surgical pain was pretty much gone after two weeks. I know it can sometimes take longer, but it sure wouldn't hurt (pardon the pun) to see if there's something still in there. You could also ask if he would refill your prescription again, if you think you really need it.

Gentle hugs...hope you start feeling better soon!

Pam
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D and Multi-Vitamin daily


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/13/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
MSBunky, that is a pretty good thought!

Kimber, I'm also wondering if you can break your Lortab's in half? There are some meds that you would not want to do this with, but I'm a thinking this may help you with your situation.

I'm willing to bet that your surgeon will order some more test, if your pain is this strong when you go back in for your next check up.
If it makes you feel any better, I'm in pain here a little over 5 weeks since my surgery, but many of my friends that have had this fusion done tell me that it's normal.
I wonder about it all the time as well.

Lets hope you find some relief soon!

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


kimber9807
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   Posted 4/14/2010 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
This is my strategy I took 2 pills and broke them in halfs for today and will take a half throughout the day when I really need them for pain and I took 600 mg of ibuprofren today and slowly weaning myself off til I dont need lortab anymore.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: lunesta, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase. ibuprofren, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added today: folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/14/2010 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning Kimber! Ok then, sounds like you have a plan then! Also, I believe you can take up to 2400mg of ibuprofen a day. Did your Dr tell you how much he wanted you to take.
I take 4 of those 200mg's three times a day. I think your on the right track though. When is your next appt with your DR?

SE :)
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


kimber9807
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   Posted 4/14/2010 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Dr said to take 800 mg of ibuprofren every 8 hrs . I dont have another dr appt with the surgeon. He just told me if my pain wasnt getting any better to call him and make another appt. We dont have enough money this week for the co pay so if im not now better by next week I will make an appt to see whats going on. The question someone wrote that I cold have stuck gallstones thats not an issue with me . I never had gallstones my gb just stopped working and was very inflammed . thats why they took it out. I hope everyone has a lpd.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: lunesta, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase. ibuprofren, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added today: folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/14/2010 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, it looks like he has said you can have the 2400mg in a 24hr period then. Good deal! Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluid's Kimber. We need to get you to feeling better!
I also saw a post to where you were having trouble sleeping. I have been sleeping during the day, and then I'm up all night. My internal clock is pretty messed up right now as well.

When I sleep, I sleep like a log, and my wife says my mouth works like a "Bug Zapper" No wonder I'm not hungry when I wake up! :)

Take care, and have a great day!

SE:)
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


kimber9807
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   Posted 4/14/2010 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
SE,have a great day also.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: lunesta, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase. ibuprofren, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added today: folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.

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