Re: hydrocodone for pain? or aspirin?
From: karen kaplan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue Mar 7 17:05:55 2000
Karla: I use enteric coated aspirin for pain (500 mg of Arthritis strength Bayer)-
the coating causes it to be digested in the small intestine and i make sure
i take digestive enzymes once a day so it will digest. I've always had good
luck with aspirin though I now worry that it may cause some bleeding, which
means more adhesions. can't win. Two weeks after my hysterectomy, the sadist
wrote a Rx for Motrin, ignoring my comment that it wouldn't work. She had always
ignored my point that I have trouble digesting hard tablets which caused other
post-op problems. The Motrin destroyed my stomach lining that night (yes, I
took it with food). The sadist said to me the next day: "Why don't you go to
the drugstore and see what you can find" This is 14 days after she guts me
like a fish - a 9" scar and has under-medicated me for pain since I came out
of recovery. I spent 5 days dragging myself to drugstores to try things. Because
my stomach was a mess from the Motrin, I tried various Tylenol for a few days,
with very little relief. Finally, I remembered that my father, who had terrible
arthritis his whole adult life, rest his soul, had used the enteric coated aspirin
to spare his stomach. I had to take the max: 4000 mg/day for more than 5 weeks
until the pain became bearable. now i take maybe 500 mg per day, mostly to
have the pain go away long enough for me to forget what that sadist (polite
term) did to me. I am lucky my pain is mostly bearable, except for the reminder
of the trauma.
>Martha: I'm at the point where nothing short of an opiate pain pill is the
>only thing that works, & at that, not all the time. I've been on Darvocet,
>Fiorocat, Trazadone for pain.. The worst side-effect of all of these is
>constipation (which none of us needs),but the alternative is not acceptable!
>I just take Senokot-S (w/stool softener) to keep up what little BMs I have.
>I've had absolutely NO relief from analgesic drugs (Motrin, Alever, Advil),
>they're just a waste of my money. They've also had me on Ponstel, Naproxyn
>others I cannot remember now. I've never heard if hydrocodone before. Could
>you post what king of drug class it's in & how many mg.s/day you take to
>alleviate your pain. Thanx!