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I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease many years

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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.
Lortab has hydrocodone, not codein
What do you mean by allergy?
Customer: replied 4 years 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.
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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