well there are a couple of options. There is a stronger version of lortab with 10mg of hydrocodone in each pill and 325 mg of tylenol. There are also many other kinds of short acting pain meds you could try. There are things like percocet (oxycodone and tylenol), morphine IR, Dilaudid (hydromorphone), or Opana IR (oxymorphone Instant Release). What may be better for controlling your pain however if you are taking pain meds 4 times a day and it is not covering your pain is a long acting pain med like Oxycontin, MS Contin, Methadone, or Opana. All of these pain meds act for 8-12 hours and instead of 4 hours like the short acting meds you are taking now, so you do not have to take so many pills in a day. You can also add a short acting pain med on top of the long acting one for when you have 'breakthrough pain'. This is severe pain that 'breaks through' your long acting painkiller dose, so you have to take another, short acting pain med. For example, I myself am on Methadone with Dilaudid as needed up to 2X a day for breakthrough pain. Also remember that all of the meds I mentioned come in a number of different dosages.
One of these options WILL control your pain, you have to have that attitude, and also remember to keep trying for solution to your pain and to never give up pushing on, but that doesnt mean not treating you pain in the mean time. Anyway I wish you luck getting your pain under control and hope that you can find some relief soon.
Hope everyone is having a good pain free day,
Post Edited (Circa1988) : 9/11/2007 12:26:49 PM (GMT-6)