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Why Doesn't This Work For My Pain?-hydrocodone Acetaminophen 5 325

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Shoulder Replacement Pain Says:
I had a total shoulder replacement and my doctor gave me Percocet to go home with. They immediately took the pain away for about 4-5 hours. Now she has given me Vicodin 5/325 and they are not working, not even 2 at a time. Why don't they work for me but the Percocet does? How do I tell my doctor they are not working without her thinking I just want Percocet?

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AnnB Says:
just tell your doctor.i'm having the same problem with my new doctor.and start looking for another doctor without telling anyone just in case.your in my prayers

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Verwon Says:
Percocet contains Acetaminophen and Oxycodone, while this contains a different narcotic, Hydrocodone.

Learn more Percocet details here.

Learn more Vicodin details here.

And not every medication works for everyone that takes it, your doctor is aware of that and knows it is completely normal.

Thus, in accordance with what Ann said, just inform you doctor that it isn't helping you. If you want to avoid having them think you're trying to get Percocet, don't ask for it, just tell them that this one isn't relieving your pain, at all.

Are there any other questions or concerns?

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nothingbutamother Says:
I'm having similar issues with my doctor. He's prescribed me tramadol, Norco, and vicoden, all are hydrocodone based, and NONE help my pain at all. Percocet DOES work for me and when he asked me what works, I told him. He looked at me like I was a drug addict, gave me a prescription to last me 5 days and said he didn't want me to become addicted. DON'T request percocet. Just say that hydrocodone based pain relievers don't work. I know what does and doesn't work for my body, and stating that a specific drug works will make the doctor look at you funny if it's an opioid/narcotic. I'm still in pain on percocet, but it's manageable. I currently have a mass in my liver, "fluid" floating around in my pelvic area, and a kidney that's 1/4 atrophied. The fluid is what's causing my pain, to the point I'm curled up in a ball crying, and I can take A LOT of pain. Having three kids didn't make me cry, but any type of pressure on my lower abdomen hurts and Makes me want to punch something.

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AnnB Says:
If your Dr. is one that you can talk to then just tell her/him. I have a Dr. that does not listen but I hope you do. You also might try 10/325mg of Endocet every 6 hours. It works great for me.

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NYJoe Says:
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Tramadol is not a narcotic and does not contain hydrocodone . Get your facts straight before you give advice !!

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indy Says:
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Tramadol just became known as a narcotic. I have the same issue, hydrocodone and tramadol help when pain is not severe. But in times when I am in severe pain they don't work, unless I take a few between times. These doctors all want to judge people without knowing what one is truly dealing with ( pain). I have complete tissue damage, that hurts tremendously at times.

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Laynie Says:
Yes, tramadol was just reclassified as a narcotic here in Indiana within the last month. My mother had 2 refills left on her prescription for tramadol, but the pharmacy cannot fill the refills - it requires a new prescription each time, apparently. She's waiting for knee replacement surgery, and tramadol, meloxicam, and hydrocodone simply don't touch the pain. Any ideas as to what other meds might be stronger and able to help? She still needs to function, not be knocked out or loopy, to get through 5 or so weeks til surgery.

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Lenny Says:
I have had RA for 40 years, severe, much joint damage, shoulder and hip replacement/revision. Norco is not helping, tho I've always had good luck with it; if I take two in a day, I have extreme constipation. Shoulder pain down my arm is not getting better. How do I know this is not a symptom of heart disease? And any ideas about pain management. I have never been addicted to Vicodin or Norco.

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German Says:
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Have you ever gone to a chiropractorand had them work on your neck and shoulders? Your symptoms are very similar to mine and they went away when my chiropractor worked on some pinched nerves in my neck/shoulder area.

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