Re: hydrocodone for pain?

From: Peggy (
Mon Mar 6 05:25:43 2000

At Sat, 4 Mar 2000, Martha wrote: >
>I posted the last of Feb and appreciate the replys from everyone
>especially the indepth info from Helen D. Thanks--this helps so much.
>I am sure the pains & discomfort that I have been experiencing are due
>to adhesions that have occured after a hysterectomy a year ago Janurary.
>My questions are: Do any of you take hydrocodone (lortab) for adhesion
>related pain? I have taken this for quite some time.Before my surgery
>for the pain caused by endo/adeno/etc. Then for post op pain relief.
>But I was never able to quit them due to continuing pain episodes since
>my surgery. Is this okay to use long term? I know it is addicting...yet
>it eases the pain so much and makes it possible to lead an active
>lifestyle. I racewalk and teach spinning at the YMCA.
>What other pain medications seem to work for you all? Have any of you
>had to remain on narcotics long term? Thank-you for listening and please
>reply and let me know what medicines & effects of you have knowledge of.

Hi Martha, I was taking hydrocodone for quite awhile but as with Tara this did not help with the pain enough.My gyn sent me to pain management and I was put on methadone.The problem with hydrocodone is that it takes 20 minutes to take effect and only lasts about 2 hours,at least that is how it worked with me. Also there is a potential for liver damage if taken for a long period of time.You might want to discuss this with your Dr. Hope this helps. "FRIENDS THAT STICK TOGETHER" Peggy

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