Hydrocodone is one HECK of a drug! WOO HOO!!!

@mentalward (14693)
United States
January 8, 2010 7:28am CST
I'm floating through my days for awhile 'cuz I was given hydrocodone for pain when I was in the emergency room of the hospital yesterday for doing something kinda stupid. I left my cell phone in my car the night before and had to go get it. Sounds simple enough, right? I ran out of the house with no coat on because, well, I was only going to be out there for less than a minute, even though it was literally freezing outside. Once I was out there, though, I realized just HOW cold 27 degrees fahrenheit really is (especially with high winds) and was rushing to get back in the house when I slammed the car door on my finger. Needless to say, I now have a gigantic bandage on my LEFT hand (I'm left-handed) and the pain is incredible, at least it is when the hydrocodone is wearing off. What a drug that is! WOO HOO!!! I feel like I'm floating a few inches above the floor. Have you ever received hydrococone? What was it for? Did it take all your pain away?
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
8 Jan 10
OCH I rember trying to pull myself out of the car by using the roof while the door was open an my mom slammed the door my fingers hurt forever after that I hope your hand gets better quick an where was that hydrocodone when my hand got slammed I could of used a couple of BOTTLES of those take care of the hand
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
8 Jan 10
Oh, my! I bet your mother had guilt feelings for a long time after that! I know I would if I closed the door on either of my sons' fingers when they were young. I'd have overwhelming guilt if I did that now! Yeah, pain relief sure has come a long way. They gave me one pill in the hospital and I literally floated out of there! Well, okay, it felt like I floated out of there. LOL I'm doing what I've been told to do for now. I have to see an orthopedic surgeon next week because the doctor in the emergency room said I may have tendon damage. I sure hope not! I have enough problems without losing some use of my left hand!
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
8 Jan 10
she did feel bad i was taking her out to pay for her glasses an her eye exam an while the eye doctor was looking at her she kept saying she takes me to get my eyes taken care of an how do i thank her I slam her hand in the car I think I felt worse for her then myself at the time
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
15 Aug 10
I know the pain of slamming a finger in the car door. There's very little protection/padding on a finger. I did it years ago in a van door. It was terribly painful. I have taken hydrocodone for back pain but only a couple of pills. They kept me awake for more than a day. Pain pills do this to me so it makes matters worse. Am responding to this discussion 3 months after it was posted. How's the finger doing now?
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
15 Aug 10
Hi carolbee. I guess my finger has healed all that it's going to. The orthopedic surgeon called it "mallet finger" because the tip slants downward when I hold my fingers out straight. It's permanent tendon damage. He said he could fix it with surgery but I've had way too many surgeries already in my life and am facing yet another on my neck within the next couple of weeks (herniated disc). I think I'll just live with my poor old crooked finger. It doesn't bother me, though, unless I do more than usual with my hands. The middle and end knuckles hurt and swell a bit then but it's not too bad. That's a strange reaction you have to pain pills. They make most people sleepy but I suppose having the opposite reaction isn't all that uncommon. I'm on Percocet now for my neck issue (it's causing intense pain down my right arm to my fingers) until after the surgery but I'm trying not to take any during the day and only take one at night to help me sleep since getting into a comfortable position is impossible. When medical science learns how to do full-body transplants, I'll be first in line! By the way, how is your finger doing? Did you have any permanent damage or am I one of the unlucky few?
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
15 Aug 10
My finger healed wthout any complications. The joint is slightly swollen but doesn't hurt. This happened over 20 yrs. ago. I have 3 bulging discs in my lower back and now arthritis of the spine. It's a major bummer most of the time with pain. Every chance I get when home I lay down and take Advils. When the pain gets really intense I get injections but it's sure not a cure. Good luck with your surgery.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
23 May 10
I have been taking hydrocodone and it makes me feel drunk, I hate the feeling when taking this medicine, and try to suffer through pain to not have to take this medicine. I know silly take the medicine and go to bed and get some sleep. I'm sure your finger is much better as this discussion is 5 months old, lol. Happy Mylotting!!!
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
8 Jan 10
Oh yes..I've gotten it a few times over the years. Various injuies..lol..I liked them too. I just had to be sure to eat first or they make me sick. They certainly made the pain go away for me.
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
9 Jan 10
I have to eat first, too. Unfortunately, they are not conducent to a successful diet! LOL I eat, take a pill, then go to sleep. I don't like going to sleep right after eating but I have no choice with these pills. I'll probably take another pill tonight before bedtime but I'm hoping that will be all I'll need. I have to see an orthopedic surgeon next week because the ER doctor said he thinks I have tendon damage. No bones are broken but my finger is twisted so badly you'd think it was broken. This accident made me make a mental note to myself: Make sure all appendages and digits are well away from the door when closing it.
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
9 Jan 10
LOL..it can make you think when stuff like that happens. I hope it's not that serious..tendon damage can actually hurt more than a breakk I've heard. Take care.
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
25 May 10
Ouch! I've never used hydrocodone, but my husband has before. It was after he smashed and broke his big toe last month. He was supposed to take it for about 2 weeks straight, but wound up only taking 2 total and put up with the pain the rest of the time, with the exception of taking some Tylenol for a day or so (that stuff barely helped at all). His reason for not taking the other stuff like he was supposed to? He didn't want to depend, and possibly get addicted to the stuff. I'm not sure if the hydrocodone took away all his pain, but it took away most of it, I think. 6 weeks later his toe is still swollen, but at least it's looking better...somewhat. I noticed this discussion is 5 months old. How's your finger doing now? So, have you learned your lesson? Do you make sure to wear a coat whenever it's cold outside? Even if it's only for a minute or 2? Or do you still go out without one when it's freezing out?
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
25 May 10
Yes, I've definitely learned a lesson! I hope your husband's toe heals well... and soon! I've broken a toe before, although it was my little toe. It HURT so I can imagine what your husband's toe is feeling like! I smashed my finger on January 7th and it still looks awful. It swells up and hurts if I do too much with it. I was sent to an orthopedic surgeon who said that I have serious tendon damage. He gave me three choices, either operate right away, wait awhile to see how much it heals on it's own and then operate or learn to live with it. It's pretty disfigured, even after 5 months. Looks like it's not going to heal any more on it's own but I don't want any more surgeries so I'll grin and bear it for awhile longer. If it's still hurting like this by maybe Fall, I'll go back to the doctor to see just how much surgery will improve it, then make my decision. I didn't take too many hydrocodones, though. They're AWFULLY strong!!! I don't like the idea of becoming addicted, either, so I took them for only a few nights. I didn't take them during the day except for the day it happened and the next day. I get Tylenol 3 from my rheumatologist and have taken them when the pain in my finger is keeping me awake but I try to stay away from the narcotics. I have enough problems already... I don't need an addiction on top of them! So, here's to good healing for your husband's toe and my finger! I hope he doesn't have tendon damage in his toe. What I was told is that tendons don't heal on their own, they need the help of a surgeon.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
8 Jan 10
That stuff is great, isn't it? I've been given it for my back pain, when I tore my rotator cuff, when I got dental work. What's really nice is morphine, I got that before and after my appendectomy and after another surgery years ago. Funny thing is, it doesn't really do much for my pain but I don't care about it as much. I like the floaty feeling and it lets me sleep more--sleeping through the pain is good! I sure hope your finger gets better soon. Did you break it or just get it chewed up? That hurts!!
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• Pamplona, Spain
18 Jan 10
Hiya mentalward, No I have never been given this Painkiller ever but I have used Codeine based tablets but only when I fractured my foot that was really painful. But I have also shut my finger nail in the Car Door and howled like mad and shut my fingers in those Drawers that have those wheel things on them and shut quickly by themselves almost and have howled again. My best act is to bang my elbows up on the not so funny bone and I howl like crazy but no one brings me this painkiller (grin).
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Ouch! That would have hurt A LOT! I did the same thing when I was a small child and had to be taken to hospital in the middle night and although I don’t remember this, my mother told me I was screaming in pain all night long…I was only two or three…My seven year old niece slammed her finger in the car door and she was in agony as well. I don’t think I have ever taken Hydrocodone. When I had my daughter by caesarean I was injected with Codeine and that felt really painless and wonderful until it made me feel sick; I am apparently allergic to the stuff!
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@AmbiePam (56901)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Yes, I've had that before. LOL No, it didn't take all my pain away, but it did diminish it to a satisfactory level.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
8 Jan 10
Marti, How bad is your finger? If you've never taken Hydrocodone, yes it certainly can be quite helpful, not to mention felling good. Just remember take it as prescribed and don't wait longer than the required 4 hrs. or whatever it is. You did good typing your discussion. I've had surgery every five years since I was 10 years old, so yes I've had plenty of hydrocodone. I have a low thresh hold for pain and the pain medication truly helped me to survive. Now because of my Spinal Stenosis I have to take Morphine Sulfate twice a day. I don't get a buzz on it because all it's power goes to my pain. I do tend to forget some things but that could be partly my age. Well enjoy it while you can sweetie and take care of your finger. NO snow shoveling!! xoxoxo Leenie
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Hey Sweetie Pie, It sounds like you and hubby are getting along much better!! I hope everything is better for you. I think about you all the time and really wish we were closer so we could see each other. Oh well... I hope your finger isn't messed up with tendon damage. Broken bones often are easier injuries to heal. They don't seem to hurt as much either. Sprains are very painful and so are tendon problems. Don't worry about the buzz you get from the pain meds. Just enjoy. My first surgery was at 10 when I had my tonsils and adenoids out, at 15 I had an appendectomy, at 19 I had exploratory surgery on my left ear, a broken bone permanently damaged my nerve and left me deaf on the left side. Then at 24 I had a cyst on my ovary the size of a grapefruit. Anyway, it goes on from there including my 2 open heart surgeries and a pacemaker implant. I'm just getting everything fixed so I can have all new parts. Take care of your finger. xoxoxo Leenie
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
9 Jan 10
I used to joke that they were slowly taking everything out of my body and, one of these days, you'd be able to yell in my mouth and hear an echo. When I was 19, I had surgery to remove cancerous cells from my cervix. I hemmorhaged after that surgery and was back in surgery 6 days later. When I came out of that surgery, they told me I had to have another surgery (total hysterectomy) in 6 weeks because they found cysts on both ovaries the size of oranges. Fortunately, when I went in for that surgery, they peeked inside before cutting me and, when I woke up, they told me the cysts were shrinking so they were going to keep an eye on them. Luckily, they eventually disappeared. I guess we can both say that life has never been boring, eh?
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
9 Jan 10
When I was 12 my brother slammed the car door on my index finger on my right hand (I am right handed). The car was a 1955 chevy station wagon. It split open my finger and sliced through the nail. I lost the nail of course and ended up with a huge bandage on my finger for weeks afterwards. My nail is split permanently, and the tip of the finger is bent at a right angle. It was before hydrocodene and I just suffered with the pain. I'm on the stuff now for abdominal pain and for my neck, back and knee pain. It helps the pain a lot, but not as much as it once did. If you are in bad pain and need for the stuff to work faster, make sure you take it with something sweet. I will take it with chocolate, but it also works with soda, cocoa, ice cream, or frappicinos. The sugar gets it through your blood stream a LOT faster as it seems to bind with the molecules of the sugar better than anything else and it dissolves in the blood stream better when bound with sugar. People don't believe me until they try it when they really need the stuff to work fast, then they become believers. Take care and I hope your hand heals soon. I know how awful it hurts to get your finger slammed in the door. If it makes you feel better, I have slammed my head in the car door several times. It gives new meaning to HEADACHES! LOL!!!
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Oh, man! I can;'t imagine slamming my head in the door! And you say you've done this MORE than once??? LOL It sounds like you sustained some tendon damage if the tip of your finger is still crooked. I think that is what made the ER doctor tell me I may have tendon damage because, even though my finger was swollen up about twice it's normal size, the tip was bent down. It is also twisted at the mniddle knuckle, but X-rays showed no broken bones. Don't you wish the human body could be more easily (and successfully) repaired? Thanks for the tip on making it work faster. I didn't know that but I do believe you and will try that the next time I'm in need of immediate pain relief. Right now, my finger is feeling a bit better and have not taken any of the pills this morning. But, if I should happen to bang this finger into anything, I'm sure I'll want some immediate relief.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Make sure you are quiet and don't do too much! I still flinch when I remember the pain from my finger...and that was soooo many years ago. The first time I slammed my head in the car door was with my 65 Tbird. I had backed it into the driveway and started to get out of the car and the door swung shut as I had my head between the roof and the top of the door...OUCH! The air was blue and full of stars. The second time was with an Opal Kadet that I owned and my head was in the same area when my foot slipped on some ice. The door was much lighter and it just kind of bounced off my head and it didn't hurt quite as much as the first time, but the air was still blue and there were fewer stars! LOL
@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
8 Jan 10
all those pain pills make me sleep, don't like hydrocodone any more than I like Demeral - actually, may like the later a bit more... The roomie can't take the stuff - I leary of it because I've had problems in the past with codine...
@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
8 Jan 10
yeah, I got like 15 demeral after my gall bladder surgery and have tkane like 3 or 4 of them... I'd rather be awake and in pain than to sleep - mind you with the fibro I'm already in a lot of pain...
@StarBright (2799)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Forgive me for laughing. I'm so sorry you smashed your finger. But I am still stuck on you running out in 27 degree weather. That is below freezing. Sorry, but the name "mentalward" is fitting here. You had to be nuts. Usually I pinch my fingers on things. I end up with bruises and the same pain as you, but on a much smaller scale. I have an intolerance to pain killers, so I cannot experience your glow. Years ago I had an abcessed tooth and the doctor gave me tylenol and codeine. It made me woozy and nauseated, but the tears were still flowing because the pain did not subside at all. Bomber! Take care of yourself, be careful and stay warm.
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
9 Jan 10
It was definitely an odd thing to do, I must admit. But, for me, it's pretty much par for the course. Yeah, my username here really fits me.
@MrNiceGuy (4143)
• United States
9 Jan 10
I had something stronger, oxycodone, for after my surgery and it did a good bit for the pain, but not enough. Hyrocodone is commonly vicodin, but its incredible you got it simply for slamming your hand in a door. Usually it takes broken bones or surgery to get stuff like that. Its pretty heavily controlled since it has a huge potential for abuse.
• United States
8 Jan 10
I have a scare on my finger from it being slammed in a van door!! I was young and hardly remember. No hydrocodone for me, yet... haha. Hopefully I dont have to have any.
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
9 Jan 10
I hope you'll never need it, too. Just take care to keep your fingers away from any more van doors!
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
8 Jan 10
So sorry to hear about your finger! I know that does hurt and I've never done it bad enough to require a doctor visit. Glad the meds are making you feel better. I can't take hardly any medication or I'm a zombie.
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
9 Jan 10
It's funny but the one I got in the hospital didn't turn me into a zombie, at least not right away. Probably because the pain was so bad then. I just took what I hope will be the last one I'll need and I expect to be sawing wood in about 20 minutes or so. LOL
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@shaggin (54121)
• United States
15 Sep 12
I myself have never taken hydrocodone but my daughter who is 8 years old just had surgery to have her tonsils and adenoids out. The pain relief medication they prescribed her was hydrocodone. It helped take her pain away but the dose I think was too high because it made hercreally nauseated. I felt terrible for her. I have been giving it to her 5ml every 3 hrs and she is doing good on it. Hopefully she wont have to take it for very long.
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 10
I can't take it lol as it makes me very sick How is your Finger doing I hope ok I can feel the pain with you I really can I have trapped my Fingers in the past and that was sore enough but the way you did it ouch So just don't float to much ok as we need to hear from you here now and again
@cerebellum (3869)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I have had a lot of pain medication but I don't think I ever had Hydrococone. Morphine and codine upset my stomach. I can take demerol and vicodan though. If I take too many or don't wait long enough I get indigestion. If the script says take every four hours, I have to wait at least five. I have frequent back pain and take pain pills for it. Especially if I know I am going to be doing some bending over (like washing my hair). The bad thing is if you take the pain pills you don't feel the pain and you might do something worse to the injury your taking the pills for.
• United States
9 Jan 10
I really hope your endorsement of Hydrocodone is as a pain killer not as just a "woo hoo" high!!!!! I notice there was no reference to how it helped as as a painkiller!!