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Unread 10-11-2012, 01:08 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by ginnie View Post
I got off of morphine and Percocet. I now am taking a low dose of hydrocodone. I am allowed to take that as needed. This takes the edge off. I can take the percocet if I want, but I have not done so in a month. I wanted to see what exactly I had left after my two fusions. Also I know better on what my limits are. If you really have to do another fusion down the road, I would take it easy, and not push that verterbre into herniation. Maybe Yoga? I know it isn't the same as running, but for me, I don't want to go through anymore than I already have. I do wish you all the best. ginnie
ginnie: I unfortunately cannot take Hydrocodone (Vicodin) which isn't as strong, at least in the same mg dose as Oxycontin/Acetominaphen (Percocet) as I vomit almost continuously for a whole day. I will probably just go back to cycling although I ride with a guy who had a multilevel fusion 7 years ago who is getting close to getting another level fused. My L2 has stenosis and DDD already so I expect I don't have 10 years.
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Unread 10-12-2012, 05:34 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by fastcarbon View Post
When you change, as I have from Neurontin to Lyrica or possibly Topamax if Lyrica doesn't work out, do you still take some dose of the old med?

A call to your doctor or pharmacist should get you an answer to that.

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Unread 10-12-2012, 06:40 PM   #13
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I'm surprised he did't put you on a higher dosage of Lyrica. I'm on 150mg per day, and that seems to work well for me. At first I felt a bit "loopy" on the Lyrica, but that has worn off and I don't feel like that anymore. I don't have ANY side effects from it.

I hope you can up your dosage of it soon. It should work better on the higher dosage. God bless & best of luck. Hugs, Lee

PS: by the way, I'm still on the Topamax, 400mg per day.
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