How do I get my doctor to give me a scrip for Vicodin?

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  1. willow_girl

    willow_girl Very Dairy

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    Yeah, I know how weird that sounds. LOL

    Here's the thing: in recent years, I have been plagued by menstrual cramps. They are severe ... to the point where it is very difficult to function. Beyond the pain, there is the sort of mental fog that goes with it. It's as if my brain is a computer and all the CPU is being used up to run an app called "PAIN." I find working and even driving difficult because I can't concentrate. Massive quantities of ibuprofen are the only thing that helps, and even they don't work sometimes.

    This month, out of desperation, I asked my husband if he still had any pain medication left over from a surgical procedure a couple years back? We have to go to our neighbor's 65th anniversary party ... all our friends will be there, we've been looking forward to it and I didn't want to be a pain-wracked zombie.

    He had some Vicodin ... I took 1/2 of a 500 mg tablet. The effect was remarkable. Within a half-hour, the pain was GONE. Not just "less" (as with Motrin) ... GONE! I can't even tell I have a uterus. :hysterical:

    I want more of this stuff for next month! But how do I get my doctor to give it to me? I don't have a close relationship with my PCP. In the three years I've been assigned to her, I've seen her only once, for some antibiotics. But I need to go in soon for another minor problem, so I figured I might as well bring this up while I'm there. But I'm a little worried she'll think I'm some sort of junkie scammer. I'm just paranoid enough to be concerned that something negative will be put in my medical record. Should I be worried? Should I even talk to her about it?
     
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    jamala Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Talk to her and explain the pain and that motrin doesn't help. Ask what she would recommend to help.
     
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    beaglebiz Wasza polska matka

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    Good luck...Im in a similar situation...hurt my back at work, mom gave me one of her muscle relaxers...ahh no pain, was able to sleep and felt 100X better the next day. Id love to have a bottle of these on hand for an emergency like that, but never never never go to the dr because I hate going (I could have filed for workmans comp, but Its more of a hassel than a strained muscle is worth)
     
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    Willow_girl when I try something that works for me, I let my Dr know and he is more than happy to give it to me. I told a Dr., Astalyn worked for a cousin and we have the same symptoms and he gave it to me. Or you could just come out and tell him just like you did us. Tell him you only need enough to get you thru that time each month. He may accomodate you.
     
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  5. Wolf Flower

    Wolf Flower Married, not dead! Supporter

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    If you talk to your doctor about it, and mention that Motrin doesn't help, they shouldn't have a problem prescribing it for you. I did that when my menstrual cramps were severe like yours, and my doctor wrote it for me, no problem.

    I've since had a hysterectomy, and no more cramps! Hooray! :)
     
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    You may have to "work up" to Vicodin.

    How about on-line? There are places that don't need a script - Maybe Nevada knows...PM him if he doesn't post here.
     
  7. Canning Girl

    Canning Girl Well-Known Member

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    If your cramps are that bad, why not have endometrial ablation and be done with periods for good? If you're done having children, I highly recommend it. I was having long, irregular periods and had the ablation done a year and a half ago. Since then, I have had no period, no cramps, nothing! It is awesome!!
     
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    Shygal Unreality star Supporter

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    Really? My dr recommended that for me too, but I was afraid.
    Does it make it so you cannot have children any more either? I get anemic every month from mine :(
     
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    Have you tried seeing a chiropractor for the menstrual pain? I used to be on prescription pain relievers AND carry an ounce-sized bottle of vodka in my purse - the combo was the only thing that made me functional when cramps would hit. But a chiropractic adjustment solved the problem forever! Not saying 'that time' is without notice, but really almost pain free.
     
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    Doctors can be very wary when a patient starts requesting the "hard" drugs. I think the suggestion to ask your doctor for his/her recommendation is a good one.
     
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  11. Kung

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    It's worth a shot. Actually, my PCP started WITH Vicodin and I worked DOWN from there; she trusted my wife (a nurse of 10 years) when she said "The man has an unreal tolerance for pain and for medications...the normal stuff has no effect on him."

    She asked me for an example, and I told her "Well, I drove here on darvocet and valium."

    She didn't believe me that I was still functioning that well...so she did the dollar-bill test (where they hold it between your fingers).

    I caught it right on top of George Washington's head. :p
     
  12. Terri

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    Have you tried 4 ibuprofin yet? 4 is the maximum dose, though 2 are taken for ordinary pain.
     
  13. half of 500 mg probably would knock out pain, since the usual dose is 5-10 mg. I only get 5mg for abscessed teeth.
     
  14. painterswife

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    I use to live on codeine (Canada) and other prescription medicines. I have the worst cramps going. I had horrible side effects from most of the drugs I had to take.

    I use Aleve now. The key is to take it at the slightest sign of pain and than keep taking it regularly. You can't wait until the pain starts again you have to be ahead of it.
     
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    It can't hurt to ask, different doc's have different attitudes about narcotics. Agree that asking her what she recommends is a good start, and maybe asking for a very limited supply may also help.
     
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    Vicodin is perscribed for mild to severe pain often after a surgery, but sometimes for long-term use. Vicodin is produced by Knoll Labratories and comes in three varieties. Vicodin (5 mg hydrocodone, 500 mg acetaminophen), Vicodin ES (7.5/750), Vicodin HP (10/660). There is also many generic variants of Vicodin.
     
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    I'm in the same boat painwise, and have been rationing my bottle of vicodin/acetaminophen left over from my hand surgery last year...same thing, nothing works (pill wise) but vicodin


    I have another suggestion tho, have you tried topical stuff? Icyhot on your back and stomach works REALLY well. I use that if im at home, otherwise you have to explain to people why you smell like a peppermint candycane...I'd try it
     
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    I've been in health care for a long time and do some work with chronic pain patients. I just want to say that warning bells go off when patients request specific meds by name, especially narcotics.
    I would do what some others here suggest; explain to the doc that cramping is severe and that the usual meds are not helpful. I'd even say that I took a vicodin and that it worked very well, rather than ask for it outright, least he or she labels you as drug seeker.
     
  19. Kung

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    When I'm faced with that, I've actually done exactly what you suggest; the other thing I'll do is tell them not what I want, but what I know does *NOT* work.
     
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    willow_girl Very Dairy

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    I was done having kids the day I was born! :pound: So that's no issue. :) But it seems like overkill to go through a surgical procedure when Mother Nature will take care of the problem for me in 5-10 years! (I'm 44.) Of course, I don't know what's involved ... if it could be done on an outpatient basis, and I could go back to work the next day, heck, sign me up! :D

    It's funny because for 25 years, I had NO problems whatsoever ... in fact, I looked a bit askance when other women complained about their monthlies. I figured they were just whiners! I wish I could call up my former secretaries now, and tell them I'm sorry if I groused a bit about them calling off from time to time. I UNDERSTAND NOW!! :pound:

    I think this is what I'll do.
    I can't blame doctors for being suspicious, although sheesh ... looking at my medical history shouldn't raise any red flags ... I don't take ANYTHING! And hardly ever go in. So ... :shrug:

    I've taken up to 3 Motrin at a time. My husband mentioned prescription-strength is 4, but I really hesitate to take that much. Aleve doesn't help the cramps at all, although it's what I usually take for my everyday aches and pains (but not more than once or twice a week ... I worry about taking too much or too often).

    Heating pads and Biofreeze (similar to icyhot, I think) help, but not enough to be anything more than marginally functional. I'm self-employed -- I don't have paid sick days and I can't reschedule clients (because my calendar is full; I'd have no place to put them!). I have to go to work!

    I'm not sure about the dose ... I did ask my husband what it was because I was worried in case I had some sort of bad reaction, and had to go the E.R. ... felt it might be important to know exactly what I had taken, LOL. He said they were "500" ... I assumed milligrams ... but it's possible he misread the bottle or something.

    Anyway, thanks for the suggestions! :)