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Is it practical to take Norco10/325 everyday for pain relief?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Pain Medications
My Question is at the age of 30 and having DDD is it practical to take Norco10/325 everyday for pain relief? It helps with the pain of course but will their be side affects with long term useage? My Dr. precribed 10/3255 for me after seeing the MRI results but after 3 months he wanted to take me off the stuff. Not sure where to turn now but I am going to see him tomorrow tosee what he wants to do now. The chiropractic adjustments havent helped anything...any advice is appreaciated..

Thanks ! :)


  • while the drug it self isn't great for you but it is mainly the acetometophen thats the worse for your stomach and liver.My doctor switched me to oxycotin it's a little stronger and has no asprin in it.Hope this helps you out some.I am also a 30 yr old guy with DDD and bad discs.
  • thanks for the response. I will mention that tomorrow when i speak with the Dr.
    take care!
  • Hi Tom, I'm in my thirties too, and so far I haven't had any long term problems with it. I also have severe DDD and the pain is constant.

    Norco is practical along with NSAIDS to treat pain like this and I was wondering too why the doctor would want to discontinue it. Have you had surgery, and is he weaning you down? About chiropractors, I don't believe in going to one if the back problem is complex and there is nerve involvement. If the visits are helping you anymore, perhaps you need more test done or consider having epidural injections.

    I think it's possible that the doctor may change the Norco to something else when you see him tomorrow. Let him how you've been feeling and that the chiropractor adjustments don't help much. Let us know how it goes for you. Take care
  • I have taken it off and on for the last 2 1/2+ years.
    I I see only some side effects that are generally less offensive then some of the non narcotic meds. Constipation and it can make it hard to sleep if taken too close to bed time for me. The Acetomeniphin is supposedly the worse of the two and the 10/325 is the lowest form of it you can get.
    I wish my doctor would switch me to something stronger, but he will not talk about it or believe me. He seems to think as long as I am breathing when I walk in we are managing things...
    I hope your doctor has a plan. If he is planning to simply tell you not to take it then it is time to find a new doctor! Make sure you ask him how he plans on taking care of you and if he is planning on sending you to PM, make sure he knows you expect him to continue the medication until you see someone that will treat you.
  • I don't think a chiro is your solution. My main question is whether you are having leg pain? Whether or not you have nerve pain is a big deciding factor on how a physician often proceeds.

    If I were you, I would want to give a couple of epidural injections a try. You have some annular tears. Discs do want to try and heal themselves IF the tear is small enough and sometimes epidurals will buy you time(pain relief) and steroids so that can happen. Also, many insurance companies require you to have had 3 ESI injections and PT before they think about approving more invasive treatment.

    OK, now about pain. Discs themselves can cause cause pain-called discogenic pain. When you have an annular tear, the nerves in the discs can be painful. When you have a tear, the jelly like material leaks out and is very irrirtating to nerve roots and can cause incredible leg/butt pain.

    MRIs do not show everything. What looked to me a small annualar tear on one of my levels actually looked pretty darn big after a discogram. Many neurosurgeons consider discograms to be the gold standard in diagnosing nerve root compression and really lighting up with dye those tears t see if it's even possible for them to repair themselves. In discogram, dye is injected directly into the discs while xrays are taken and then you have a CT. It lights everything up and if it reproduces leg/butt pain, it can be invaluable in finding the exact levels that are the pain generators.

    So, do you have nerve pain(leg/butt/foot/toe?) And why the heck at your young age do you have so many tears? And why would your doc suddenly decide that these would not be painful????

    I guess if I were you, I would first look up www.chirogeek.com if you are not familiar with annular tears. Very good explanations there. Then, I'd ask my doc why the heck he's taking me off this med, does it mean he's got something stronger in mind for you because I would guess you hurt pretty good. If he would like to do a discogram, well then great, but you need pain meds. If he wants to try epidurals, great, but what kind of pain med is he giving you because as I said, I bet you need them.

    Finally, I always encourage folks to get second opinions if they are not comfortable with what you are being told. Is this your family doc that is doing this or a spine doc(either ortho or neurosurgeon spine doc?) If this is your primary general practitioner, odds are that you really need a referral to a spine doc for more specialized treatment. I have no idea why he's taking you 0ff the norco, don't know your medical history, but a normal healthy person of your age should have no problems with this med. Again, if this is your family doc, ask for a referral to a spine specialist and tell him you need some darn medicine.
  • I was on it for aprox. 6 months before my pain management took me off. I am on Oxycotin 40s two a day and oxycodone 15 4 a day and Neurotin 300mg at night, I had acdf surgery Oct. 10,08, Still not back to work looking to go back end of Feb. Oh I have had aprox. 12 sessions of pt and 10 more to go.... Norco was great for break thru pain ! Hope you get the meds you need to feel better! Have a GREAT day !
  • I've been on 10/500's for the last 3 years, with no problems. My doses have ranged from 1 or 2 a day (for the past 4 months) to 6 a day for most of 2007 and 2008. I much prefer the ER meds, though, because there's no tylenol worries and I don't have to think about them as much.
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