hydrocodone not working

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   Posted 10/24/2010 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone my name is jeff I am a 27 year old male with three buldging disn in my neck in which one is pinching my ventral cord. From my understanding that is the front of my spinal cord the other two buldging disc are conturing my ventral cord. I have been to PM twice now the first time my doctor gave me tramadol which didnt work at all, this last time she prescribed me 4 10mg hydrocodone a day. My pain level is a 9 most of the time , it is a sharp agonizing pain that bring me to tears. The hydrocodone only brings it down to a 7 or 6 at best, plus the slight relief only last for about two hours tops. I am not sure why this is not working either, I am starting to get worried because I have had injection, PT, message therapy,and other treatment with no relief. I am worried that the medications arent going to work either and I am going to be bed ridden. I am hoping to lose 100lbs and have surgey soon as possible but I got to have relief to lose the weight. My other issue is my PM judges me because I am young and barely wants to help me now, so Im not sure what she is going to say or even keep helping me if I tell her these arent cutting it either. I dont want her to think I am a junkie just trying to get something strong. I just started a pain dairy to show I want to be proactive and not just seeking pill caus elike I said I tryed all other options before meds.I guess my question is has anyone had this problem before with hydrocodone not working very well? Is it just not strong enough cause of my size(300lbs)? Please any advice how to talk to my PM doctor about this would be gratly appreciated cry

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   Posted 10/24/2010 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeff....Nice to meet you.
I've been through the routine before and it's no fun for sure. I tried quite a few different pain meds before I got something that worked well. I think you need to discuss this with you PM doc and just explain how things are. I presently take oxycodone and oxycotin. I have tried morphine in different versions and other things I can't think of at the momment but the point is not one thing works for everyone. Just explain to your doc the pain level your at and tell her you just want to have some quality of life and explain your fears. That's all you can do. Anyway I'm sorry I couldn't be of much help but I'd like to welcome you to the site. There's alot of nice people here who are always ready to lend an ear or helpful advice. This site is by far the best site I've seen. There are also chatroom with alot of nice people. There aren't that many people using the chatrooms but it's been picking up lately . So everyone kinda ends up where every the see some one on. So don't feel like you can only come into a chatroom that applies to you. Hope to see you on one if your up to it sometime. Good luck and take care and again welcome.               Stingray (Randy)

Post Edited (stingray) : 10/24/2010 9:43:44 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/24/2010 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Pain due to pinched nerve can be difficult to control. Many times controlling it is as much about finding the right medication or combination of medications as it is about "strength" of the meds.

I don't know all of the medications you have tried so far but it wouldn't hurt to talk to your doctor about adding in a prescription NSAID and/or a muscle relaxer as it is possible that you may have some swelling going on increasing the pressure on that nerve.

You can also try some OTC pain rubs to see if they help any. One that I am fond of is called Biofreeze. I used it when I had pain due to a nerve being squeezed by scar tissue and it really helped and it also helps from time to time in my low back ( I have herniated discs at L5 and S1). I have also had some results with using a Capsaicin cream. Granted neither of these bring great relief but have brought my pain down a point or two and allowed my pain meds to work a little better.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 10/25/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeff and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am very sorry that you have to be here, but glad that you have found the site. Sometimes its just nice knowing you are not alone in fighting this monster called CP.

It is not uncommon for a particular pain medication not to work on a person. For one thing we all metabolize medications differently. What may help me may not help you, see what I mean. You are not going to like what I am getting ready to type here, but pain medication is not that effective for nerve pain. You need to be on a medication that deals with nerve pain like, Neurotin, Lyrica or Cymbalta, one of those types of meds. Sometimes they are used in combination with other medications. Talk to your dr about trying you on one of these but keep in mind most of these the dose have to be titrated up till they get the right dose. Just tell her you have been searching on the web for medications that help with nerve pain and these are some names you have found.

You are right, when you are young the first thing they say is you are too young to hurt this way, well thats wrong, pain does not have an age limit. And of course all of us are looked at by the medical community many times as being drug seekers. Your pain journal idea is great and keep it up. If this PM dr is not perceptive in trying to help you, then get your PCP to find someone else. We don't always luck out and find that right dr right off the bat, many times we have to keep trying them out till we find the right fit. One size does not fit all in this area at all. You are right we do have to be proactive in getting the proper care many times. Be careful in your search for PM drs because there are two kinds, one does procedures and injections only, does not write scripts and the other will write rx's and do injections and procedures, so keep that in mind.

Anyway, keep posting and letting us know how you are doing. And welcome aboard.
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   Posted 10/25/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeff. I feel your pain...really. Luckily for me the hydrocodone does help me, though I am currently out. I don't have anything helpful for ya, but I do have a couple of questions. Is the pain localized to your neck, or is it radiating pain in your arms/hands etc? What kind of injections and did they help?

I hope you find some medication that alleviates the pain, or most of it anyway. I've found some really good advice here, so stick around.

protruding discs, c-4, c-5 and c-7 with spinal cord impingement, which is causing numbness, pins and needles and peripheral pain.arthritis of the left knee

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   Posted 10/26/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
THxs everyone for your advice. I think just going to tell her that my quality of life still sucks and the hydrocodone is only bring my pain down a few points and hopeful she will prescribe something different or stronger. I have try the rubs with little or no relief so I gave up on those.I too have been on muscle relaxers which help me sleep but again no real pain relief. As far as the comment about nerve pain meds I dont care what I talk as long as it works, my mom takes neortin for never damage and migrane and says it works well. I have had to two ephidural enjections with no relief the second actual cause unbearable pain for a month so I am not to amp on the injections no more. My pain its self is more in my upper left should blade on the inside.They say that part of your cervical spine and where my largest budle is. The pain also radiates down my left arm into my hand some days. Again hopeful she will help because I have had trouble find a PM doc due to a old criminal charge from 7 years ago so I cant just go out and find another. I am try to get the charge sealed but its going to take at least three months. This is the reason I am so scared of get dismiss by my doc because it was so hard to find one not to look at me as a criminal because I made a mistake when I was young and dumb. Again thank you for everyones advice and for being so nice. I wish everyone a pain free day!!!!!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 10/26/2010 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeff,

I am sorry that I do not have a lot to add to help you, but I did want to welcome you to our forum! I am sorry you had to seek us out, but you will be happy you did! There are so many amazing people here! Keep posting!

Take care of you!
Spinal Stenosis L3/L4, L4/L5 & L5/S1 with Nerve Impingement, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, GERD, Severe Depression, VERY Large Cyst Right Ovary causing mild twisting, Small Cysts Left Ovary & 3 Large Cysts Uterus and Possible RA

Medications - MS-Contin, Cymbalta, Famotidine and currently Prednisone
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