I have a question on how much is too much pain meds and long term effect. I have been coming on the board for quite a while I don't always post but do a lot of reading and have to say this is the best board I have found.
I have a a herniated disc in my lower back I believe it is the L5-S1 area. My spine is narrowing at the base which pinches the nerves. I have had several shots and also nerve ablation done on six nerves in my lower back. I have been on Lortab 5/500 one pill four times a day for about two years now. I have also been on Flexeril, Skalaxin, Cymbalta & tried Neurontin as well to work with the Lortab. My pain level has started going up and I think it is due to the nerves growing back because it has been about 9 - 10 months since the procedure. My doctor just increased my dosage of the Lortab to two pills four times a day. That is now 10/1000 four times a day. She said she didn't want to go to the Percocet yet because she wanted to maximize the Lortab. She said that my body will build up a tolerance to it and I will need to be on Percocet later and wanted to hold off so I don't build a tolerance to that so soon. I have read on some other threads of some of the other medications out there and my doctor is great about helping my find meds. She never judges me or makes me feel like a druggie. She understands and has help me try several different medications and treatments.
My question is, Is that too much Hydrocone in one day? I know I am getting close to the acetaminophen level for a day. Should I ask for something else with a lower dose of acetaminophen? I have blood work done about every 4 or 5 months to check my liver and kidneys due to the medications.
Thanks again, it is great to have people that are in the same boat as I am. There truly is strength in numbers. It is hard to explain to my wife how it is to live in pain every single day. She asks me am I hurting today, I tell I hurt every minute of every day it is just how much pain I am in but we go on one day at a time.