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Pain medication

MarcenMMarcen Posts: 4
edited 07/21/2015 - 7:05 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi- I had Scoleosis surgery 2 years ago ( fusion T2-L3) and I have been managing my pain with hydrocodone 10/325 4 times per day. Taking the pain med has help me to have a "normal" life however 3 months ago I was diagnosticed with pancreatitis due to the medicine. Now I'm taking Creon to control my lipase levels. But My doctor told me if I still have the abdominal pain I will need to change my pain med to morphine (he mentioned a second med but I don't remember the name). My concern is if morphine will help me to control my pain as hydrocodone? When the ER dr told me I have pancreatitis scare me to death. And if you are taking any opiates please be aware that can cause pancreatitis. Please any advice with pain medications??

I live with pain 24/7. When I lie down on my bed is Iike if Im lying down on nails :(



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  • Hi. Is it the Tylenol in the hydrododone that's to blame? There are many different pain medications available. Morphine is stronger than Hydrocodone so it should work. For me, changing to new meds can make me sleepy to start. That goes in a week or 2. I take morphine at the moment...I rotate meds to avoid tollerance issues. Morphine extended release is the worst for constipation for me. Extended release is far worse than instant meds like Hydrocodone as far as I'm concerned. Adding a lot of fruit, juice & water had helped me. There are meds you can take if constipation becomes a problem. It's very serious!

    Instant release morphine or Oxycodone don't cause constipation as much because you're not keeping consistent levels. Extended release meds are better for my pain because you don't have the rollercoaster of relief, just constant, level relief. There are lots of options to discuss. I make notes before my appointment to make sure everything gets answered.

    Have you been given advise & diet for the pancreatitis? My body went septic when my gallbladder died last year causing problems with my internal organs. I often wonder how much damage chronic pain & meds are causing. It's frightening (& VERY painful) isn't it? I'm so sorry.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I don't know what exact component provoque the pancreatitis. What happened is that the hydricodone is blocking the conduct that connect the pancreas and gallbladder with the instestine. I got my gallbladder removed 5 years ago and I don't consume alcohol so two of the mayor cause are discard in my case. I had constipation after my surgery and I know what are you talking about. Right now I am eating 0 fat food more soup, fish and all the berry family to help the pancreas reduce the inflammation. The less the pancreas works the better will be at this time.
    All you can do is regular blood test to check your liver and other organs. I found out due to the abdominal pain. Let me tell you this is not very common but have been giving more cases related to medicines inducing pancreatitis. You can find a huge list of medicines But I guess this is only if you are taking the medicines in long term.
    I don't know nothing than hydricodone for pain that's why I was scared when my dr mentioned morphine to be my next pain med.
    Thank you for your useful comment!
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