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Pain Pill Validation....

caitycccaityc Posts: 268
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all! I am so troubled, and I need all of your help to make me feel better. :S :(

I currently have prescriptions for Norco (double strenth Vicodin), Flexeril (muscle relaxer) and Lodine/Etodolac (anti-inflammatory) #:S . I have had these prescriptions for 1 year. I am not a big pill taker, never have been. Since my diskectomy, I have taken my pills on average just once a month, maybe even two months. Over the past few weeks my condition has worsened. =(( Gradually, it kept taking very little to set off the pain. I mean literally putting 5 dishes in the dishwasher and I was in pain. :''( Because things have gotten worse, I have been taking my pills every night before bed for the past few weeks.

The problem is, I am completely wiped out the next day. I) I) Meaning that if I don't take a nap in the morning after I take the kids to school, I am falling asleep by 4:30/5:00 every day.

I won't go into a long story about my childhood, but let's just say my Mom spent a lot of time in bed during my impressionable years (she suffered from depression, chronic fatigue illnesses, etc.). I have made it a point as a mother to try and be the opposite of that. To be up with my kids in the morning, taking them to school, picking them up, etc., and not be the type of Mom that lays in bed. They have already seen me in bed enough as it is when I am having a really bad day. So now I feel the pills are making it worse. But if I don't take the pills, I'm in pain. It's such a catch 22.

So with this post, I'm not looking for someone to tell me to take the pills, because I intend to continue to do it. I'm just looking for "I understand, it is tough".

I love this board sooooo much! I think everyone is great, and I know there are some of you who are going through the same thing. My point is, I just want to know that I am not alone. :(

Thanking you all in advance for your support. :X :X



  • I know the first week or so of me taking similar pills I too had to take naps-but now I can function fine all day long if I get well rested at night. Perhaps in a few more days you'll get your energy back. I know most drugs-even over the counter types like Zyrtec takes a few weeks to get used to or they make you sleepy. Hang in there and maybe add some antioxidants to your regime and see if that will help combat fatigue.
  • I would put money on the Flexiril being the culprit. It is for me. I can take my pain meds w/o any hang over effect the next day but a Flexaril will make me incredibly tired/sleepy I) -hit by a mack truck feeling- the whole next day!
    I now take skelaxin & it doesn't affect me as bad.
    I do think when you take them regularly, that side effect diminishes.
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  • Hi! I have been taking pain pills pretty much since I was 25 years old, I had endometriosis so vicodin until I had a hysterectomy 2004. I had a discectomy L4-5 on 11/5/08, but the doctor accidentally cut in at the L1-2 so he had to cut down to the L4-5, my incision is about 7-8 inches long for a L4-5 Discectomy. I was on flexeril and everytime I took it I would have to take a nap, I am not taking it anymore, I take percocet or Nor 10/325 and I am fine. I went from taking 240 a month, and now I have some wacked out pain med specialist ( and I say that lightly) he thinks I can survice on 1 norco every 8 hours. I was in a walker from surgery thru Thanksgiving weekend, I cried all the time the pain was a 10+ and this doctor WILL NOT give me my pain meds so I left him a message today I will not be back to his office because evidentally he does not understand how to control pain, he want me to take tons of methadone and I do not want to take it, but that is all I have right now to control my pain and the 3 norco he gave me to last 24 hours. I go to bed and wake up everynoght 4 hours after I fall asleep in major pain and I need my Norco or Percocet and I have NONE. I called an attorney today, I am sick of this. I beleive my back is messed up from falling off a surgical table a few years ago, the main bolt that held the top and bottom of the chair snapped in two and I went flying backwards and landed on my head, I was 3 days post op when that happened, or it could be from a head on collision I had a few years ago and tore all the cartlidge in my ribs, had to be cut out with jaws of life and airlifted. So I am stuck with a quack that will not give me Norco , he thinks it is more addicting then Methadone. He is also the one that presribed the flexeril, I also take Soma and they both have the same effect the next day very groggy and have to have naps atfer taking the meds. I am fine not taking the flexeril and only taking Norco though!

    #:S Sorry didn't mean to babble!
  • WOW. How the heck does a doctor mistake L1-L2 for L4-L5?????? That would scare the crap out of me for a doctor to be so oblivious. I hope you changed surgeons... There is no excuse for mistakes like that. My surgeons, and I think most others, use an xray machine to mark the spot of surgery BEFORE cutting into anything, to make sure they are in the right spot. That's crazy. I'm sorry your doctor had his head in the clouds and you had to pay the price for it :(
  • Give it time. I understand how you feel... I actually had a hard time staying awake being on my pain meds. I would fall asleep during the day and sleep through anything and everything. One day my boyfriend came home and I couldn't hear my phone ringing, the doorbell, him banging on the door... We have a chain lock on the inside of the door, and he was worried because there was no response from me whatsoever, so he had to kick the door in and rip the frame off the door to get in. My family was really worried about me because I'd pass out without any notice and go into these like, coma like sleeps... It scared me, too. But eventually my body got used to them, and now I can't even sleep at all if I take them. They have the opposite effect... They give me insomnia. I haven't been taking them before bed anymore or I'm up til 5am then have to get up at 7:45am, and functioning on that little amount of sleep everyday is not good. You can't heal with that little sleep, either. It sucks going to bed without my meds, because I hurt a lot when I wake up, but I NEED sleep.

    I hope your body adjusts soon. Don't let it get you down... It doesn't make you any less a good mother, and it doesn't change the way your kids will grow up thinking of you.

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  • I have been taking Flexiril for about 7 months and they don't make me sleepy any more. So, I think that side effect will subside.

    You said you didn't want to be the type of mom who lays in bed for your kids to see, well, you're not! You are taking your kids to school, then taking a nap so you won't have to when they get home. What's wrong with that? Nothing! If that's what you have to do, then do it. You are still there for them 100% while they're home. You're also taking care of your pain so you can function on a reasonable level.

    Keep going - you're doing just fine! =D> Hope you get to feeling better - feeling guilty only make things worse.

  • Now that I think about it, when I first started taking the pills, I was falling asleep within a half an hour. Now I get sleepy, but it's controllable. Hopefully in time the fog will lift. :D

  • for everything you have gone thru. Some doctors are so concerned about patients getting addicted to pain meds, they are so hesitant to prescribe meds.
    I think switching docs is a good idea.

    Take care,

  • It's tough, isn't it? :) Fortunately I have the kids off to school by 8:30, so I can nap. I just hate to do it. I feel so disfunctional! lol. It's a trade off tho because it really does seem to keep my pain somewhat under control. I hope over time this "side effect" wears off.

  • I just have a lot of issues about sleeping during the day. I know, I need to get over it. It's really hard to explain. Also, when I do wake up, I just don't want to get up. I want to stay in bed. Then I feel guilty because I would rather sleep then go get my kids. I)

    They don't see me sleep during the week, but they do on weekends. They seem to understand (they are 12 and 7), but I still feel bad. I had a heart to heart with my hubby last night, because I also fear what he thinks. I told him (he really already knew) about why I hate the sleep during the day, bla bla bla. He told me to please not worry about it. I have a medical condition that requires me to take the meds, and if I have to sleep afterwards, so be it. He told me not to compare myself with my Mom because she really didn't have a "medical condition" like I do, and my situation can't be helped. I love him so much. :X :X

    Thanks again all for all of your replies. It makes me feel so much better!!!!

    >:D< >:D< >:D<

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