How much Tylenol can I take?

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karendee
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   Posted 8/15/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I just found out I have arthritis in my back which explains the pain. I now have cramps thanks to "that time of the month" and I took 3 500mg Tylenol and it feels like it has not even touched the pain.
 
Anyone know how much is too much? Also, will I build up a tolerance?
 
Neither of my Dr's will prescribe me anything, they must not believe me
 
thanks!
Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Cyclobenzaprine (generic of Flexeril)

Also taking Multivitamins, B Vitamis, Biotin, and Extra Folic Acid. (might add more when I do more research)


Nanners
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   Posted 8/15/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen you will really need to get a referral to a Rheumy. If this doc is a Rheumy who wouldn't take care of your pain then you really need to find another one. Another suggestion might be to ask your PCP for a referral to a pain mgmt doc. You really need to get some help here. Once in a blue moon I will occasionally take an Aleve, but I never take them everyday.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


descrapster
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   Posted 8/15/2007 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think its that they don't believe you... it's very hard to give pain medicine to Crohnies... my doctor strongly forbid me to have anything besides tylenol and to avoid that if I could.
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descrapster
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   Posted 8/15/2007 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think its that they don't believe you... it's very hard to give pain medicine to Crohnies... my doctor strongly forbid me to have anything besides tylenol and to avoid that if I could.
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Currently 2 Fissures and 1 Fistula...YAY!
3 Lialda/day
Had to stop Flagyl because of numbness in my toes!
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karendee
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   Posted 8/15/2007 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks both of you. Nanners, the Doc is a Rheumy and says all I can have is Tylenol. He confirmed I have arthritis in my back with some Xrays. I will see if I can get an apt with a pain Doctor. I am not hurting everyday but some days my back is killing me and I could use some help. I keep asking my rheumy if there is anything else he can give me and he says Tylenol is all.

I asked my GI about pain for joints and he referred me to the Rheumy. Neither one care I am hurting.

I have a second interview tomorrow and I don't want to have back pain during it.

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Cyclobenzaprine (generic of Flexeril)

Also taking Multivitamins, B Vitamis, Biotin, and Extra Folic Acid. (might add more when I do more research)


Nanners
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   Posted 8/15/2007 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen have you gone and seen your family doc. Mine is so good about giving me the pain meds I need. He knows I have Crohns and knows I can't take the NSAIDS. Like I said above, I do cheat (rarely) and will take an Aleve. If I just take one once in awhile I am okay, maybe you could try that before your interview. Unless of course, they immediately upset your stomach.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


karendee
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   Posted 8/15/2007 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Nanners. I might try that if I need to. I think I might be ok tomorrow. When I posted I was frustrated cause the tylenol had not started working. I am getting some relief now but the pain is not gone.

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Cyclobenzaprine (generic of Flexeril)

Also taking Multivitamins, B Vitamis, Biotin, and Extra Folic Acid. (might add more when I do more research)


bektold
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   Posted 8/15/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
With all the different medications out there for arthritis pain, I find it very hard to believe that none of them are suitable for Crohn's patients.
 
I'm right there with you on the joint pain.  My GI has refered me to a Rheumatologist and told me to take tylenol in the mean time.  I took some this morning, and I'm feeling better than I have in a couple of days.  Unfortunately, that's not the same as feeling good.  But at the moment I'll take what I can get.

chroniemomx2
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   Posted 8/15/2007 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I would keep taking the tylenol regularly tonight and up through your interview, so hopefully the pain won't get out of control again.....that way at least you can make it through your interview. Let is know how the interview goes! Good luck!

Marie-Claire
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   Posted 8/15/2007 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
I think the concern with Tylenol is that it is excreted through the liver. ..so depending on what other meds you are taking...there sometimes is a cumulative effect of the drug that can lead to toxicity. If you take tyleno tabs 2 every 6 hours or so there is no need to worry....but at 3 500mgs tablets it can be a little more risky...try writing down how many you take and at what time. I know for me, when I am in pain, I tend to forget how much I have taken. If you start feeling nauseous, know that its time to stop. I sometimes take 1 advil , along with 2 regular tylenols with food. The doctor told me those 2 work well together. I can only do this very occasionally , depending on how well my tummy is doing. I agree with everyone that you need better pain management from a rheumy or GI.
Good luck dear one!
Love and prayers
Mary
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.
 
 


karendee
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   Posted 8/16/2007 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the advice. Mary, you are right I probably do forget what I have taken when in pain.

I think a visit to a pain clinic is in order. Even if they just give me coping techniques I will be better off.

Luckily today the pain is not bad so far. I plan to take 2 Tylenol a couple hours before the interview. I think I am so nervous because I want this job really badly!

Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Cyclobenzaprine (generic of Flexeril)

Also taking Multivitamins, B Vitamis, Biotin, and Extra Folic Acid. (might add more when I do more research)


Nanners
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   Posted 8/16/2007 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Well let me wish you Good Luck with the interview. I hope you get the job!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


karendee
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   Posted 8/16/2007 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks!!

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Cyclobenzaprine (generic of Flexeril)

Also taking Multivitamins, B Vitamis, Biotin, and Extra Folic Acid. (might add more when I do more research)


Marie-Claire
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   Posted 8/16/2007 11:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck to you darlin......hope you get this job. I will say a prayer for you. Walk in there like you already own the place and are sure you are going to be part of this workplace. Visualize yourself working there ....lots of positive thoughts....what goes around , comes around. !
YOU WILL DO GREAT!
Mary
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.
 
 


karendee
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   Posted 8/17/2007 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks Mary! I did pretty good on the interview. I will find out next week!
Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Cyclobenzaprine (generic of Flexeril)

Also taking Multivitamins, B Vitamis, Biotin, and Extra Folic Acid. (might add more when I do more research)

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