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Arthritus of the lower back.
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An_248109 posted:
I have an arthritic condition in my lower back. I am taking hydrocodin for this, however as time goes by (I am 63) the pain is increasing or the med has reached its maximum for me.

Has the community had their doctor advise as to the next avenue?

Thanks for your time/help,

Brad
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annette030 responded:
Hi, Brad

Just explain to your doctor the things that you are unable to do in your day to day living due to the pain coming back.

How long have you been taking the hydrocodone?

It may be time for you to use a long acting opioid around the clock. See what your doctor says.

Take care, Annette
 
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David Maine, MD responded:
Thank you for your post. I would advise you to discuss this issue with your doctor. He/She can review your history and imaging when appropriate to ensure there is clinical stability. If things have otherwise not changed then this may simply be a manifestation of "tolerance". This may necessitate a slight change in the medication to try and reestablish effective pain relief. I hope that helps.