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I don't like vicodin.

I've been given vicodin to help with the pain from my surgery---except I really don't like it. Granted, it dulls the pain---but it makes me awful in all other areas. I become sick to my stomach, and a rather large cranky pants.

The pain itself has gotten better overall, but I have a feeling that I'm making my own neck pain worse by being so tense. I turn my whole body to look left or right, rather than just turning my neck to avoid it hurting.  I've placed a homemade heating pad on my neck to help with the pain---any suggestions on what else can be done to help with the pain without going the vicodin/medication route?
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    When I had surgery on my knee, the vicodin only made me sleepy.  Motrin actually helped with the pain.
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    Oh, and vicodin also stops you up.  Make sure you're drinking lots of water and eating some fiber.  (TMI) I went for a few days without pooping and it was NOT fun.
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    Good thing you didn't say Neti Pot for the pain.

    I've been using Tylenol PM for sleeping---but I'm not sure I actually have any none-PM type regular drugs.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_dont-like-vicodin?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:904149c8-9547-4b6c-8cfd-95f35081b849Post:1c21fd97-be7c-4811-88b7-f9d6ac84d234">Re: I don't like vicodin.</a>:
    [QUOTE]Oh, and vicodin also stops you up.  Make sure you're drinking lots of water and eating some fiber.  (TMI) I went for a few days without pooping and it was NOT fun.
    Posted by sucrets4[/QUOTE]

    Oh...yea. I found this out the hard way!  My sister said that the drugs from knocking me out would stop me up too--but I'm okay with that. Ever since the colonoscopy, things haven't been the same. Oy.
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    Ditto Sucrets on everything. Motrin always did well for me in place of Vicodin which made me tired and a bit woozy feeling. I would take 4 Motrin every 4 hours when pain was really severe. I am not sure how tough your stomach is so you may have to take a little to eat with a dose that high.
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    Oh god, girl, you're a mess!  :(  I hope you get better soon.

    I've always taken motrin, so I know that it works for me.  And you can take it in larger doses - they actually prescribed the vicodin and I think 800mg tabs of motrin after the surgery. 

    Have you asked your doctor? 
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    Not yet on asking the doctors---I just figured I'd tough it out till the week started (as I have at least one doctors appointment, if not more, every.single.day.this.week).

    With all the meds I've been on/off/on again/ off again, I was hoing to stay away from them---hence the heating pad. OTC meds might be my anwer though...
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    I will second that it is NOT loopy fun for me.
    ANd often makes me want to puke.

    Which is still an improvement over not having it, when I need it :-P
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    GBCK, your sn and sig are very amusing.

    Rach, I hope you are able to transition to a non-narcotic pain relief method soon. Hopefully the icky side effects will clear up soon as well. I will ditto Motrin, it's my OTC DOC, but I've never had to experience what you have just gone through.



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    FI found for his wisdom teeth surgery that the Vicodin didn't help as much as the mega-ibuprofen. I think you can take quite a bit and still be safe.
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    I have some Naproxren (prescription Aleve)---left over from my leg. I take it for migraines every now and then, so I'll try it to avoid the vicodin side-effects.

    And, I'll up my fiber intake too Laughing

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    Just check with your dr before you take it.  Maybe they have a 24 hour line that you can call?  If he didn't prescribe the 2 together, then you just want to be sure it's okay.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_dont-like-vicodin?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:904149c8-9547-4b6c-8cfd-95f35081b849Post:79a9bce5-72da-4e63-966c-009093a79c6a">Re: I don't like vicodin.</a>:
    [QUOTE]I have some Naproxren (prescription Aleve)---left over from my leg. I take it for migraines every now and then, so I'll try it to avoid the vicodin side-effects. And, I'll up my fiber intake too
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    Naproxen does nothing for me. I honestly don't get a bit of relief when I take that for pain. Strange.
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    If vicodin makes you sick see if you can try tylenol 3 (codeine) Sometimes because people can handle that better. Also, eating a greasy meal before taking vicodin helps a lot of people as well. HTH
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_dont-like-vicodin?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:904149c8-9547-4b6c-8cfd-95f35081b849Post:04fd2cfe-7b36-4f40-b2d7-a873c81d321d">Re: I don't like vicodin.</a>:
    [QUOTE]If vicodin makes you sick see if you can try tylenol 3 (codeine) Sometimes because people can handle that better. <strong>Also, eating a greasy meal before taking vicodin helps a lot of people as well. HTH</strong>
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    As in McD's french fries? I'm half tempted to try this, just to have an excuse to have Rich go grab me french fries.
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    yes just like mcdonalds fries. It coats the stomach. Kind of like a hangover lol
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    Vicodin didn't actually get rid of pain for me. It just made me so loopy that I didn't care about the pain.
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    Never had Vicodin, but I've taken Vicoprofin on many an occasion It is the same narcotic painkiller, but combined with ibuprofin rather than acetominiphen (sp?). First prescribed it when I broke my tailbone during childbirth, and my rheumatologist renewed it for me. I can only take it at night, and only 1 per day or it makes me queasy. I'll second the motion on the greasy meal.
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