Re: tyno3 post of 9/29/08....
I am a new member. I suffer with chronic pain from a myriad of problems. I'll list some of the important ones, but I clould fill a book with them all. I have a herniated disc, lumbar 5, stenosis, spinal osteoarthritis, cervical fusion, non-malignant tumor located on the left side of lumbar 5 with the nerves growing through and wrapped around the tumor, spondyliosos(sp?), aggressive degenerative disc disease, sciatic nerve left leg, diabetic neuropathy in feet, beginning in hands, permanent nerve damage to right hand and wrist resulting from four carpel tunnel surgeries (doc's say nothing can be done to repair, too damaged), RSD in left foot (thankfully in remission now), severe osteoarthritis in both knees (now getting the Synovasc treatment), severe osteoarthritis in both hips, chronic edema problem, legs and feet swell three times their size, so bad sometimes they weep. I think these are the worst of it...I'm in so much pain sometimes I have even thought of giving up the ghost...I go to a pain clinic and the meds they give me, Avinza 120mg, 1 every 24 hours and Lortab (10/500) one every 6-8 hours. Well, I'm like tyno...I have to take more Lortab because alot of times I can't bear waiting six hours. So, I'm in the position she gets in. I have now run out and cannot get my prescription until Thursday the 16th. This is the first time I have ever completely ran out of meds, I always managed to keep a few back just for this type of emergency. As I don't use my meds to get high, those days are gone, all I want is to be at least able to ease 50% of this horror. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what to expect? The last dose of 20mg hydrocodone I had was at 10:30 am, the morning. The pain is already increased greatly, what will happen next? Is there anything I can do to help the withdrawal? I am so frightened...Any advice will really be appreciated.