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Back on pain meds... Back on pain meds...

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Unread 03-04-2003, 05:57 PM
Back on pain meds...

Hello

This morning I saw my GP for a physical. Reluctanly I asked him for pain meds and he gave me a script of Vicodin. He said to be sure and take a stool softener each night and eat plenty of fiber rich foods and drink lots of water. A glass of Citracel wouldn't hurt either. I was so reluctant because of the effects on the system with Vicodin, or any other pain med

But, I must admit, I need to feel as rested as possible for next weeks surgery and being in constant pain is draining..

So, for now, I'm back on pain meds. But it's almost over.

Lori
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Unread 03-04-2003, 06:03 PM
Back on pain meds...

Awww Lori, I'm sorry you had to go back on pain meds. I will continue to that the lap will find and fix whatever continues to bug ya.

Just a thought, have you tried something less harsh than Vicodin? I have FMS/ MPS and use Ultram which works quite well most of the time. I have to admit that I've had to resort to Lortab the last few days, but I believe that is because we had a front moving through.

Good luck on your surgery! Don't forget to let us know what you find out as soon as you are feeling up to it.

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Unread 03-04-2003, 07:07 PM
Ultram???

Hi Vbjacks5

Is Ultram an anti-inflammtory or for pain? I've heard of it, but nto sure what it is.

As you know, Vicodin is a narcotic...it seems to be keeping me really calm as well as keeping the pain at a 1/2 with periods of 2/3 on the pain scale.

Most of my pain is 5/6 even on the Vioxx it was only at best 3/4. When it's really bad, it's a definite 9/10. The only thing that ever kept me from going to the ER was geez, they'll give you a shot of something and then the next day your back where you started....so I always toughed it out.

DH says I'm like an artichoke...tough on the outside, but sweet and tender on the inside

Curious about the Ultram...

Thanks..

Lori
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Unread 03-04-2003, 08:38 PM
Back on pain meds...

Lori, here's a link to Ultram's website:

http://www.ultram.com/faq/index.htm

It is not classified as a narcotic, although my husband, who's a pharmacist, predicts that it will be made a scheduled drug in the future.

I have fibromyalgia, and I've tried Ultram several times. It really dragged me down. I could barely get out of bed when I was taking it. I was exhausted! It also made me feel very depressed. I take an antidepressant, but when I was on Ultram, my family was really worried about me. It did help to relieve my pain, but the other effects made me stop taking it.

Everybody is different, of course, and Ultram might help you.

Best wishes,
Helen
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Unread 03-04-2003, 08:54 PM
Thanks Helen...

Thank you Helen for the info. I was taking a tri-cyclic AD for a short period...amitriptoline. It affecting me as the Ultram affected you. I turned into a literal zombie. But, I suppose each person is different and what works for some, doesn't for others.


The Vicodin is only for a short period of time, just ot get me through until surgery. My hope is I won't need any pain meds after

Good Evening to you!

Lori
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Unread 03-04-2003, 10:20 PM
JUST A NOTE...

LORI ULTRAM IS A NON NARCOTIC IT HAS NO SIDE EFFECTS SUCH AS THE VICODIN OR LORATAB OR ANY OTHER PRESCRIPTION NARCOTIC AND YOU CAN DRIVE AND LEAD A NORMAL EXISTING LIFE SO TO SPEAK... I USUALLY ASK FOR THAT WHEN I AM IN EXTREME PAIN FROM MY ADHESIONS BECAUSE I HAVE TWO SMALL KIDS AND DONT WANT TO BE DOPED UP.... LOTS OF HUGS AND PRAYERS NICKY
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Unread 03-04-2003, 10:25 PM
Back on pain meds...

Hi Lori!

I'm sorry to hear you have to be back on pain meds. I asked this in one of your other posts....I'm not sure if I got an answer. What is your surgery for? I was out of it for a few days and missed it. I wish you luck and keep us posted on how everything goes
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Unread 03-05-2003, 06:29 AM
Back on pain meds...

Lori,

I suppose you have probably already gone to the Ultram website and checked that out. It is not a narcotic, but not an NSAID either. I do not experience any side effects on it like Helen did. Like she said though, everyone is different. Anaprox makes me sleepy-- go figure. For me it does well for pain up to about a 7 and allows me to still function. When the pain gets above that, I really don't care about functioning, just want out of the pain so, I reach for the Lortab.

What a sweet thing for your DH to say.
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Unread 03-05-2003, 09:36 AM
Pasdechat

Good Morning....

Surgery is for diagnostic lap, possible lysis of adhesions. I'm keeping my fingers crossed (and toes) that it's adhesions causing all this pain...otherwise, where do I go from here..????

Hope everyone has a good day today. I didn't realize how much pain I was really in now that I'm back on pain meds. I will definetly ask my GYN about the Ultram next week. Thanks for the info!!!!

Lori
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