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    Vicodin and Percocet for RA pain
    An_243499 posted:
    PLEASE seek the advice of another doctor before starting a drug program that includes Vicodin and Percocet. I had been seeing my primary care doctor for about 4 years. I lived with constant pain in my back and shoulder. She suggested Vicodin to ease the pain. You would think that by age 55, I would have a clue about these drugs, but I had just never had the need to use anything stronger than Tylenol until this back pain. She started me on 7.5 mgs 4-6x a day. After about 6 months of back and forth, on and off the Vicodin, I was in a car accident and my neck was hurt so the hospital gave me Morephine (can you see where this is going?). After the hospital, back with my primary doctor, she starts me on Percocet #10. Well, you guessed it - I became horribly addicted. I couldn't even write my own name sometimes because my brain was in constant malfunction mode. I couldn't make heads or tails out of small problems, make any kind of decision. I just needed my pain meds and my good old doctor just kept prescribing them. After about 3 months on the Percocet, my doctor told me she couldn't write me any more scripts. What was I to do? Now horribly addicted that I was taking 10-15 pills a day. Once the doctor had her hands slapped by the supervising doctor at the facility, I was just out in the cold with no where to turn - except the street, of course. I soon learned you can find anything on the street.

    Lucky for me, I came in contact with an addiction specialist who put me in her care immediately. I was about 8 hours into withdrawals when I went to her office where she performed "majic detox". She gave me two strips of film to put under my tongue. After about 15 minutes, the had dissolved and when she came back into the room and asked me how I felt, I couldn't believe it. I felt fine - no, I felt great! The name of this wonder drug is Suboxone. As long as I stayed on my schedule of 3 film strips a day, I was normal. You can cut the strips in half or quarter depending on your need. I still use one or two a week unless I have a bad flare and then I use them to keep the pain managable.


    bettie72 responded:
    I am so happy you posted this. My son went through this same thing and after not getting his drugs and not thinking right he went to a pain management doctor. He got him off the Percocet but he has been on Vicoden a Oxyicodone for years and still is.
    He is taking other drugs with it and in the process of coming off of these. After reading your post I know what he was going through and no I didn't understand his thinking and argued with him daily. He is 55 and disabled with ostoarthritis and RA.
    I to have the same disease not as severe. Again thank you for this post I understand more now.

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