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Shoulder pain, taking vicodin - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :  
User :   cool, a few questions for you
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query
User :   i am prescribed vicodin 5mg for my shoulder, only to be taken twice daily (i am 22) and have been on them for 1 year now
User :   but recently, the past month or two i have found myself taking many more than that, probably up to 30mg per day
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   have been experiencing muscle twitches and also shortness of breath
Doctor :   the over use of vicodin can cause side effects as well

Doctor :   shortness of breath is not due to vicodin, but twitching is

User :   i see, yes it is very annoying
User :   it also comes at random places in my body (for instance for 1 week it will come in my arm)
User :   for another week it will come on my leg
Doctor :   i suggest you to stop vicodin, and take tylenol (plain ) for severe pain
User :   is there any danger in coming off of the drug "cold-turkey" ?
Doctor :   not as such

User :   also, is it normal for vicodin to cause panic attacks? i have been having health-related paranoia recently
Doctor :   you may feel that you may have the need to take it again due to dependance
Doctor :   but not any other reactions , etc
Doctor :   no , it does not
User :   ok good
User :   hello?
Doctor :   you there ?
User :   sorry, i was disconnect :)
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   So do you have any more query ?
User :   anyway, i hope i am ok, i also have a hernia in my abdomen
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :   and how long have you had this ?
User :   for over 2 years (i believe)
Doctor :   so you have shown this to your physician?
User :   not yet, i will when i come back from vacation
User :   doctor, i feel as if i am abusing the drug vicodin because it gives me a motivational feeling, do you know of any way to increase motivational feelings through natural ways/medication? i had ADHD and it is very difficult for me to stay focused (i am a computer programmer)
User :   i used to be on a drug called adderall, but now it gives me panic attacks when i take it
Doctor :   I understand
User :   so i stopped taking it, and think what i did is just replaced it with vicodin
Doctor :   abuse of prescription meds have its side effects
Doctor :   you can do meditation, breathing excercises, etc to over come the urge for these meds
Doctor :   regular workout at the gym is also a way to counter stress at work and life issues
User :   understood, and what do you think about improving motivation/concentration?
Doctor :   meditation and breathing excersies, will give you control over your mind and help you control your thought process as well
Doctor :   sit in a quiet room or in a open park, etc and just feel your breath, without bringing any other thoughts in your mind
Doctor :   the inner calm and the solace will help you to feel yourself controllng your mind
User :   how long must you goto medical school
Doctor :   6 years ? Why do you ask
User :   here in the us it is almost common practice to abuse "study drugs" such as adderall
User :   to get by in high-pressure school, such as medical school
Doctor :   i do know that

User :   i would love to start meditation instead in its place, if it will work truly
Doctor :   i have been in the states for some time and have known friends who have misused adderall
User :   it is very sad, because once you use it it is difficult to concentrate afterwards, even later on, without it
Doctor :   yes that is very true ,
Doctor :   as adderall increases the hormones in the body, that helps u concentrate
Doctor :   once the effect is gone, the body feels it difficult to concentrate without it
Doctor :   as it gets addicted to it
User :   is it possible to get back to a proper level, as if with vicodin
User :   since vicodin affects the domamine centers of the brain, it affects the reward-center
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   definitely
User :   i think this is whats helping me to concentrate and get projects on the computer done more easily
User :   i would just like to be natural level, where i do things because i feel as though they are rewarding
User :   not as if i need a drug to tell me it is a rewarding thing to do
Doctor :   i understand

User :   do you know any advice for curing panic attacks?
User :   i do not sleep much, i think i should start by sleeping 8 hrs per night
User :   but anything else?
Doctor :   breath in a bag for 5 -6 minutes

Doctor :   when you have the attack
User :   ok, can do that
Doctor :   this technique will help you better
Doctor :   as the high CO2 , WILL help control the symptoms
User :   i have to focus on personal health, i frequently stay up for 2 days at a time, i have repetitive strain injury in my shoulder from too much computer use, i rarely excersize and pay no attention to what i eat, some days almost eating nothing at all
User :   also i have back spasms, if i lay down after being up for too long it feels as if the bed is shaking under me
Doctor :   that will cause severe stress & bad effects on your health

User :   i am only 22, and already all of these problems
User :   to top it all off i have an ingrown toe nail!
Doctor :   i understand
User :   (lol)
Doctor :   ok
User :   what do you suggest i do, give me strict advice and i will follow
Doctor :   stop vicodin

Doctor :   have good sleep daily
Doctor :   eat nourishing foood daily
Doctor :   join a gym and workout daily for 30 min to 1 hr
Doctor :   change diet habits - avoid junk food & enjoy whole fresh foods
Doctor :   instead
Doctor :   adopt good lifestyles
Doctor :   I hope you are following my comments
User :   i am
User :   also, do you meditate as well?
Doctor :   Are u there?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   30 min a day
Doctor :   inspite of having a busy schedule
Doctor :   its all about time management
Doctor :   and will power
User :   do you meditate in the mornings or at night?
Doctor :   usually morning
Doctor :   but it can be done any time anywhere
Doctor :   even at work, just close your eyes for a few minutes and breath deeply and you will feel refreshed again
Doctor :   breath in for 5 - 10 sec, and breath out slowly and repeat this for 10 cycles and feel the difference after you have done this.
User :   i will now
Doctor :   good
Doctor :   relax and sit calm and follow these breathing excercises ,
User :   it is nice
Doctor :   hmmm
User :   i will do this when i feel as though i cannot concentrate without drugs
User :   i will honestly give it a try
User :   tomorrow i will take no drugs
Doctor :   i hope so
Doctor :   good thats a start
User :   :)
User :   i will also meditate when i wakeup (i am just going to bed now at 12:AM, to give you an idea of my sleep schedule)
Doctor :   when ever you feel tired follow this , and you will feel good instantly
User :   it is nice, i could have done over 10 cyclones.
Doctor :   any where, any time, any no of time - YOU can do this
User :   does it also help you to relax/fall asleep?
Doctor :   definitely
Doctor :   you can do this even lying down
Doctor :   there is no specific posture needed for this
User :   ok, i promise you personally, no drugs tomorrow. only meditation and for now, sleep
Doctor :   even standing, sitting , lying down,
User :   thank you for all of your help.
Doctor :   very good
Doctor :   you are welcome
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