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I have 4th stage renal cell carcinoma. On March 30 th I had

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I have 4th stage renal cell carcinoma. On March 30 th I had a tumor and kidney removed. I was prescribed Percocet then Vicodin. The Vicodin is 7.5 -750. I quit taking the Vicodin about a month ago and started taking again because it relieved my back, hip and hand arthritis pain. Can I still take Vicodin for arthritis. Most of my surgery pain is gone.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hello

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Vicodin contains a narcotic called hydrocodone.

mysticdoc :

This is an addictive drug.

mysticdoc :

But in severe back pain or cancer related or surgery related pain, vicodin can be used effectively.

mysticdoc :

But daily use may cause tolerance to the dose requiring increasing dose.

mysticdoc :

This increasing dose can cause side effects.

mysticdoc :

Hence, you may use vicodin on as needed basis after discussing with your doctor.

mysticdoc :

Otherwise, you should stay with anti inflammatory medications like tylenol extra strength or naproxen or celebrex.

mysticdoc :

Corticosteroid injections in the back is another good option for long term pain control.

mysticdoc :

Physical rehabilitation to strengthen the muscles of the back should be considered as effective treatment option.

mysticdoc :

Natural supplements turmeric, garlic, ginger extracts also help with the chronic pain symptoms.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

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