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I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease many years ago

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I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease many years ago and have had back pain, varying over the years in intensity. For the last three years I have been on a regiment of Lortab and it has, for the most part, kept my pain in control. It now seems I have developed an allergy to the Lortab, I'm assuming but don't know, that it is the codeine in the pill. I know that there are other pain meds that are not in the list that Lortab is in. I'm wondering if there is another pain med I might take that would be similar to Lortab that I might be able to take.

At this time I am on Tramadol and Neurotin and they help but nothing of course like the Lortab. I'm working with my doctor but we are having a hard time finding what can keep my pain undercontrol.

Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 1 year ago.
Hello
Lortab has hydrocodone, not codein

What do you mean by allergy?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry I meant hydrocodone.

For several days I had noticed that I was itching all over. Not severely but annoying. Then one evening a little while after I had taken my evening dose my hands started turning red and the itching became unbearable. Very soon after this started I could feel my tongue start to swell. My husband took me right to the ER and I was taken care of. Of course they didn't have a clue what it was but did tell me it was an allergic reaction to something.

After that, I just started noticing that right after I took the pain meds, the itching began to get worse, all over but quite bad in the hands.

I just sort of played around with it to see if what I suspected was right and it appeared it was. If I held off on a dose the itching stopped. I quite taking any Lortab for three days to further experiment and the itching totally went away.
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 1 year ago.
OK
If you have a true opiate allergy, then it is going to be difficult to use any of these...and you will need to go with things like anti-inflammatory medications.

However, it might also be something specifically in lortab.

So your doctor might cautiously try oxycodone, or fentanyl, etc.....very cautiously.

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