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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 7/26/2010 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
My rheumatologist told me a few months ago that my fibro pain was so severe that he thought I needed a narcotic, so he's been prescribing Lortabs to help. I've tried lyrica, but it makes my appetite get out of control and I'm in the losing stage, don't need to gain more weight, especially after having been on prednisone for 6 years.

The end result is that the days that I take one or two lortabs when I first wake up, I end up having a real good day. Then I take another one in the evening, as it seems the pain gets worse when I'm in bed, or inactive. Maybe I just feel it more.

My only concern is that I'll start relying on it. I only take it when the pain is extreme so as to not start taking more the the prescribed amount.

I'm curious about any experience you guys might have had with this kind of pain control. Thanks.
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

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Date Joined Jul 2010
Total Posts : 202
   Posted 7/26/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry that you are in so much pain.

I don't use Loratab.

If I get to hurting most days I take an aleve.
If I hurt and can't sleep I would take a flexeril at bedtime, but hated the way it made me feel the next day. I have since switched to Ambien if I can't sleep and it does a better job but doesn't help if I am in pain.

Luckily my pain isn't so severe that I have to take something strong on a daily basis yet.
Fibro    Acid Reflux    IBS

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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 1556
   Posted 7/26/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi patty Ive never tried Lortab, but Im pretty sure that you will be ok as long as you dont take more than what the dr. prescribed. most of the time we need the medication just to have a somewhat normal day. As my Doctor said there is a major difference between physical dependancy and addiction. Physical dependency is when you need the meds to feel normal and addiction is when you are taking meds just to get high. I hope this helps reassure you.
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DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
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   Posted 7/26/2010 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Patty,
I don't take lortab but I take norco which is the same thing with just a little less tylenol in it.  I take six a day.  two tabs three times a day.  And I have had no problem with it.  I would suggest taking as prescribed as if you wait until you get pain, it is harder to maintain it.  Kind of like prevention is the best cure. 
What are you prescribed?  It is on the low side of addictive drugs so I wouldn't worry too much about taking it.  And if it works, that is even better.
Best wishes to you.
Hugs, Karen
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