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Percocet

Jan 16, 2017 10:34 PM

Has anyone here taken Percocet for chronic pain?? I've been on it for probably a month now (only take it before bed, to sleep). I used to be okay just taking one, but now I have to take 2, and even then, I'm not getting the same effect (drowsiness). Has anyone else built up a tolerance to the drug? I'm really careful about taking the right doses, etc.

Jan 17, 2017 12:43 AM

I am taking it for Chronic Pain and sometimes when I take it I will have the drowsiness and other times I don't but it still works to ease the pain some. If you have built up a tolerance to it you may have to switch to another medication.

Jan 17, 2017 7:13 AM

@Sjogrenspain77 Ya that's how it is for me now too. And I have tried tramadol as well as Tylenol 3, the same happened with those drugs after just one week

Jan 17, 2017 7:21 AM

Tramadol never touched my pain nor did Tylenol 3, my pain doctor started me off on the highest dosage, so I cut my pills in half so I can go up if needed, probably why it takes my body so long to get used to them ( usually after about 6 months)

Jan 17, 2017 9:06 AM

Honestly none of them work for my pain, even Percocet, but they help me sleep through the night or did at one point lol so thats why I take them

Jan 17, 2017 9:37 AM

Emrose - have you tried to take a muscle relaxer at bedtime? I take zanaflex 4mg. It not only helps with the pain but it helps me to.sleep as well without waking up with that hung over feeling. Narcotics never make me sleepy but they do help with the pain.

Jan 17, 2017 9:41 AM

I have tried muscle relaxants and anti inflammatories as well :( I also tried the medications that target nerve pain as well such as lyrica and cymbalta (since the Drs technically don't know what's wrong) nothing helps

Jan 17, 2017 8:41 PM

I have been on it for chronic pain & post surgery pain. You do build up a tolerance to it, but I try taking OTC meds during the day and I also take gabapentin & Robaxin (especially at night), which helps with the pain. If nothing else works, you may need to talk to your doc about switching meds or increasing your dosage.

Jan 18, 2017 7:48 AM

I take muscle relaxants at night as well. Zanaflex 4mg and it makes me stupid. I can't think or do much of anything. Makes me tired but sometimes I can't sleep. If it's sleep you need and not so much for pain relief, ask the pharmacy to recommend a good OTC sleep aide that won't have an interaction with the meds you're already on.

Jan 18, 2017 8:41 AM

Well I need pain relief too because I can't sleep because of the pain, but nothing has really been working for my pain, so I just try my best to get sleep because when I don't I'm not functioning during the day. I don't take any pain relief during the day because all the meds don't allow me to function properly in class (it's a never ending circle lol) but I will talk to my dr about all this

Jan 18, 2017 6:45 PM

Some things to consider with Percocet (or any opioid): You absolutely can build up a tolerance, which puts you at risk for overdose during intense pain episodes. There is, of course, the risk of addiction. And finally, prolonged use of opioids can cause opioid-induced algesia, that is, pain caused by the pain reliever itself. Your doctor wouldn't prescribe it if s/he didn't think the benefits outweigh the risks, but most doctors only use Percocet and other opioids as short term solutions.

It did nothing for me and my doctor was only too happy to remove it from my regimen. I have pure nerve pain, so unfortunately it was never a good option anyway.

Jan 20, 2017 3:59 PM

I take it but I've never used as much as prescribed. I don't seem to develop the need for more to help with the pain.

Jan 20, 2017 4:03 PM

I've been on it a couple of years and I still get very drowsy on it, and it helps with the pain.
My pain is from lupus arthritis.

Jan 20, 2017 6:53 PM

I'm on Percocet and Fentanyl patch. I've been prescribed this for almost 2 years. I usual feel relief from a Percocet but lately I feel nothing at all. So I go days without it since I only take 1 or 2 per day. My pain institute keeps switching doctors so I just meekly go to the PA once a month. I'm to worried they will take me off something.

If Percocet isn't working I wonder if an off the label drug might.
I'm bipolar as well and I've been put on drugs for my nerve pain from the psychiatrist.

Jan 21, 2017 1:41 PM

I just feel like I build up tolerance to drugs so quickly. Not only that, but they really give me no pain relief, just allow me to get to sleep. My hope at this point is that my 2 MRIs with contrast I'm going for will finally show what's wrong and we can see if there's a specific fix for that :(

Jan 21, 2017 7:05 PM

What type of pain are you having (where is your pain?) I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia years ago & was put on it (along with other meds) but later found to have spine problems. I've had 2 lumbar fusions & 1 cervical fusion, so I'm still on it for postoperative pain from last lumbar fusion in November.

Jan 21, 2017 8:39 PM

I have pain in both my hips. I did 14 years of gymnastics. Seen multiple doctors and specialists but none of them know exactly what it was and I have given various misdiagnoses...fibro, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, etc. Now they're investigating a labral tear (or more than one). I can't describe the pain but it's pretty much there 24/7 and worse if I'm in one position for "too long" (by too long, I mean more than 15 min, which really isn't that long)

Jan 21, 2017 8:40 PM

Also should say that by hips, I mean the groin, side and back of hips

Jan 21, 2017 10:58 PM

I'm on it for break through pain. I take morphine as a main pain meds. I take up to 4 percs a day. Sounds like a lot. But it doesn't do crap for me really.

Jan 24, 2017 10:23 AM

Since you're in pain 24/7, you should ask about a long-acting pain med - like a patch or morphine. Percocets don't last that long & you'll have breakthrough pain on them. I hope they figure out the source of your pain soon. 😝

Jan 24, 2017 11:06 AM

Emrose, my hubby has a labral tear in his left shoulder. He was in pain, bad pain 24/7. His shoulder has started freezing up, losing mobility. He started PT last week to try and reduce pain and delay joint replacement. Although the pain is still pretty bad he's doing somewhat better, but can't sleep on the shoulder (side) at all. He won't take narcotics because of past experience following a surgery, but he is using muscle relaxers, Tiger balm, heat, and doing gentle stretching exercises. According to the doctor he's too old to do labral repair, so until he gets a joint replacement he has to do whatever he can to ease pain and reduce more damage.

I have fibromyalgia, pelvic floor dysfunction (dysfunctional spasms & pain in all pelvic floor muscles/tendons/ligaments & bladder & rectum), sjogrens and many other issues. I've fought insomnia issues for over 10 years and used sleep rx meds for many of those. I became dependent on them and with doc help weaned off. A doctor recommended muscle relaxers for nights when the OTC or Rx pain meds don't help. I use to use Parafon forte, but my spine surgeon put me on Baclofen and I believe it relaxes better without the groggy feeling later. I'm allergic to most pain meds so I'm limited, but have tramadol for flares, breakthrough, or severe pain the keeps me up. I started using magnesium supplements after reading how others seemed to feel it helps them, and it has helped me have less severe pain. I also started doing gentle stretches, and massaging my calves about 2 hours before bed. Sometimes I have to use pain ointment, but it's helped more than I thought. I've found that if I don't move around every hour during the day, my muscles tense up and I have more pain. I think that's why it hurts and wakes me from sleep, the immobility. Stretching is helpful and recommend by my docs. Most nights I toss and turn our wake repeatedly from pain. Since 2007 I've not had uninterrupted sleep, but my doc says that's part of fibromyalgia. Try relaxation & reading an hour before bed. That's also helped me. These changes I've made in the past 3-4 years has improved my quality and quantity of sleep, as well as reduce my all over pain. Unfortunately nighttime pain seeks worse because everything is quiet & still. So my body is not distracted from the pain signals screaming out. But with fibromyalgia & sjogrens is just something I'm learning to live with. I do what I can but we can only do so much. I'm sending you hugs love & prayers that you find out the cause and find ways that best help reduce your pain and improve your sleep! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Jan 24, 2017 7:03 PM

Flappyslady81, thank you for your reply! Both my MRIs have been done and I am going to see the surgeon next week to see if there are any labral tears in my hips. Part of me hopes they find something, because at least that way we'll have a starting point instead of blindly trying to stop the pain when we don't know what's causing it. I feel as though I have tried almost, if not everything to control the pain- Physio, laser, heat, acupuncture, anti inflammatories, muscle relaxants and now narcotics...my parents and dr are not overly happy to have me on Percocet since I'm pretty young (22), but it's the only thing helping me sleep (sometimes!). Thank you for your positive vibes and advice, I'm sending hugs right back to you😊😊

Jan 25, 2017 3:41 PM

Hopefully you will get answers for the cause, as it's so much easier to focus on treatments. 🙂💕🙏🌸

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