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How long does it take for the pain to go away after taking pain meds?

How long does it take for the pain to go away after taking pain meds?

Freedom from pain: It may take anywhere from 1/2 hour to several hours for pain to subside if the medication is appropriate. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get physically add. To pain meds & would it help to switch from opiates to muscle relaxers to relieve chronic lower back pain?

How long does it take to get physically add. To pain meds & would it help to switch from opiates to muscle relaxers to relieve chronic lower back pain?

Physical Dependence: Is not addiction and is a normal consequence of chronic opiate use. Addiction is marked by compulsive and uncontrolled use with preoccupation and adverse consequences. A withdrawal syndrome with discontinuation does not imply addiction. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Non-opiates like muscle relaxants and snri's can help reduce your reliance on opiates to a limited extent. ...Read more

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How long can I take pain meds for my neck spasm. Have taken 600mg of ibopurfen for last 3 days. Also, ice or heat for the pain?

How long can I take pain meds for my neck spasm. Have taken 600mg of ibopurfen for last 3 days. Also, ice or heat for the pain?

Need evaluation: You need an evaluation. You need a diagnosis. If this is not working then let’s be certain what the reason is. Is it related to your present problems or is it related to another process. This could be torticollis and a simple injection will help a lot ...Read more

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Opiod pain meds for 5 days and urinary retention. Stopped 2 days ago, still experiencing. How long takes for urinary retention to go away?

Opiod pain meds for 5 days and urinary retention. Stopped 2 days ago, still experiencing. How long takes for urinary retention to go away?

Usually on the order: Of hours to at most several days. If it has been more than two days, particularly if you only used 5 days worth of opioids prior, and you still have urination issues, then you should review this with your doctor. There may be something else going on, that you don't want to miss. Remember constipation can also contribute to poor bladder emptying too. ...Read more

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I have mono, & a ear infection and the pain is ridiculous regular pain meds don't work. How long will it take to make this pain go away?

I have mono, & a ear infection and the pain is ridiculous regular pain meds don't work. How long will it take to make this pain go away?

Were you seen?: By a provider? Ear infections are very painful. Antibiotics may help that but will not help mono. For the ear pain...Garlic and goldenseal or garlic/mullein drips can help. There are homeopathic remedies that help a lot and quickly. Look for a practitioner near you. Acupuncture can help. ...Read more

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My mother is 78, her spine is deteriorating and she is in constant pain. She is now in a nursing home and is on strong pain meds she is quite weak, I think she is not getting better though she is in rehab. How long can her liver take these pain meds a mon

Have: Have her be seen by an interventional pain mananagement specialist to rule out compression fracture, spinal stenosis or facet joint arthritis, all which can be treated without medications or surgery.


Check: the web site of the american society of interventional pain physicians and go to state section to find an md in your area


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What should I do when my body gets used to my pain meds and they no longer work?

Impossible to answer: Why is a 19 on pain meds in the first place and what meds are you taking? ...Read more

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Should I take my pain meds before the pain starts again or wait until it has started to hurt?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the pain when present, your pain tolerance, how long it takes for you to get relief when take the meds, how addictive the meds are, and how long you will be taking them. Usually ok to allow med to start to wear off (and some pain return), then take next dose, helps you know if you need it. ...Read more

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I'm not taking the pain meds to get high to make it clear. But when I used to take them I used to be so out of it now I don't get like that? Why?

Opiates: Opiates are not designed for repeated use, unless for terminal or severe pain. Please re-submit your question to include the specific reason for your pain. Please also submit if a physician is prescribing them. You are describing the phenomenon of tolerance. This represents a significant transition in whether these medications will be effective. ...Read more

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Been on pain meds for a long time. Want to get off. What's your best suggestion? Am seeing p.Management now but would like other input. Have been honest w

Taper.: Best treatment is to taper off the meds under supervision of your pain management specialist. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Stay motivated. ...Read more

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What would cause a sudden decrease in tolerance to pain meds? I didn't cut back or anything and it only takes half my usual does to feel strong effect

Improving: One hopeful possibility is you are improving, and as your condition improves, you have less pain, thus requiring less pain meds. Ultimately, the hope would be to eventually be off pain meds as you heal. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What pain meds can I take after barreatic surgey?

What pain meds can I take after barreatic surgey?

Pain meds: You can take whatever pain meds you need after bariatric surgery as long as you are not allergic. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between long and short acting pain meds?

What is the difference between long and short acting pain meds?

Duration difference: Long acting pain meds give sustained pain relief greater than 4 hours. Some pain meds last 4-12 hours depending on the meds. Short acting pain meds usually last 3-6 hours ...Read more

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Are there any long term effects of accidental overdose of pain meds?

Are there any long term effects of accidental overdose of pain meds?

Probably: Depends on the type of pain medication, the amount consumed and the treatment you received after realizing you had overdosed. ...Read more

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Got pain meds limit 1 a day. Need to be pain free for family event today can I take more than one today as exception?

Got pain meds limit 1 a day. Need to be pain free for family event today can I take more than one today as exception?

Recommend: HIGHLY that you NOT increase rather TIME the dose according to when your family event is scheduled!


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I am currently taking morpine for pain it is a slow release and to take every 12 hours is it common to take 2 different pain meds?

Morphine: Taking morphine slow release every 12 hrs is quite fine as this is for baseline pain - you must have a need for continuous around the clock medication. Adding another medication that is short acting for any severe episodes of pain is also quite fine and should not exceed 3/day. Foloow doctors instructions and keep medication secured from others. ...Read more

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Why is it when I take pain meds, it helps relieve my ibs?

Why is it when I take pain meds, it helps relieve my ibs?

Due to side effects: Ibs can sometimes be diarrhea predominant or constipation predominant. Narcotics have as a side effect constipation which in this case may be "aiding" you. More importantly, however would be to find out why do you have diarrhea to begin with. There are many causes and working together with a gastroenterologist and gp will hopefully give you an answer. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My hips have hurt for the past 2 days. What pain meds can I take?

My hips have hurt for the past 2 days. What pain meds can I take?

It depends: It depends on if you have other medical issues and are taking other meds. Try tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil or aleve if you are otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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Can anyone be on narcotic pain meds for a long time without getting addicted?

Can anyone be on narcotic pain meds for a long time without getting addicted?

Long Term Narc Use: Prescription narcotics use over long period has several side effects and it does cause tolerance, and addiction in many patients. But some patients can be tapered of these gradually without long term addiction. ...Read more

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What do I take for a lupus flare? I'm on lupus meds but what about OTC pain meds?

What do I take for a lupus flare? I'm on lupus meds but what about OTC pain meds?

Call your rheum: Without knowing whether or you have kidney involvement and what type of flare you having, it is best for you to let your rheumatologist know so that they can evaluate you. ...Read more

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I took my pain meds 35 mins ago can I take my ativan (lorazepam) now it's a 2mg tab?

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See prescribing doc: We strongly advise against using any combination of opioid pain medications & sleep medications (both benzodiazepines & non-benzo) as this increases risk of death. Not to mention, both classes are addicting and can alter your mental function & increase fall risk. But of course, we need to help you manage your pain. So it's best to ask your prescribing doc how to take your meds. ...Read more

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I get hyper on pain meds but then when they wear off I crash and burn after like three hrs??

Not hyper: The oxycodone is not a stimulant and is not making you hyper. It is however destructive to your attention span, and you get a little ADHD. No big deal. And not much can be done about that side FX. ...Read more

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Are diazapam good for migraines if I take just 2mg? I've tried all pain meds an there not helping : (i get them every cycle

Menstrual Headaches?: Short answer is- (as a headache specialist) I don't like hearing people given addictive drugs which are being used by DEFAULT. I know you say you've "tried it all." I have a cocktail (of medications) that I just developed recently which has worked on >80% of my menstrual headache patients since Jan. 2015. Write me for details: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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I take Pain Meds for different conditions. I'm having flares and the meds aren't working right now. Can I ask to be admitted for IV pain control?

I take Pain Meds for different conditions. I'm having flares and the meds aren't working right now. Can I ask to be admitted for IV pain control?

Make a change: Perhaps you do not need to be admitted to a hospital, but you may need some changes to your treatment plan if it is not working. It may help you to have a specialist pain medicine profressional to look after this for you. ...Read more