Help: Can't take pain meds

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Not2Spunky
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   Posted 8/1/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I am having a really hard time. I have been in pain for awhile. I have both Tramadol and Vicodin for pain. Whenever I take either of them I get so constipated and uncomfortable, which I am right now. Does any one have any ides on how to take these and make it easier on me. If I don't have constipation I am going about 10-15 x a day.....
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 8/1/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
You might try some natural remedies for constipation like pineapple or prune juice. Some store ones or some stool softeners.  Plus walkin g if you feel up to it helps.


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MAG102886
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   Posted 8/1/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I also get constipated when I take pain meds.  For me though its a blessing.  Maybe try being more active when you take them, like walking and such, it helps to move things along, also drinking water with lemon juice helps clean your system out. Or taking a stool softener  Other then that Im not really sure. I know there are some pain meds that come in a patch form that you just stick to your skin, Im not sure if they have the same side effects or under that circumstances they are prescribed.

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Becky77
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   Posted 8/1/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
If I ever have to take pain meds long enough to get constipated, I go and buy apple juice. Make sure it's real apple juice and not just from concentrate, and it'll help keep thinks moving!
Becky

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Nanners
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   Posted 8/2/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to take pain meds in order to function on a daily basis. Its the first thing I take everymorning. I use stool softners nightly in order for me to go daily. Give them a try they help alot.

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PSA
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   Posted 8/2/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well my personal opinion is that too much of pain killers are not good for health. In so far as constipation is concerned, YES the pain medicines, particularly Tramazol, Proxywon, Combiflam, and others do cause constipation. I was unaware of this till I was hospitalized with blockages, and doctors told me that too much of pain killers for abscess would cause further blockage/constipation. One can try apple juice and if the constipation is worst, then try liquid paraffin/mineral oil. It helps. One can try fresh Papaya too.

AVOID TOO MUCH OF PAIN KILLERS. There is a medical saying that one should not take more than 1000 grams (one kilogram) of pain killer throughout his/her entire life.
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 8/2/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
PSA, thanks for the reminder of good common sense. I have to admit that I am suprised that no one told you that before you were hospitalized.

The problem is that if one is non functional without pain killers, and than it does become a quality of life issue.

When it comes down to it one has to make the discision of what is more important quality of life issue that is a personal choice.
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   Posted 8/3/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
After my last ER episode, I got an RX for liquid Lortab.  It has worked well.  Especially when stuff is going right through me, it has a chance of absorbing better than a pill does. 
 
Do you prefer going 15+ times a day or having some constipation?  Myself, I'll take the constipation for a day or two.  It all eventually passes through.  :)
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