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  • Tylenol w/codeine

    My doctor (several years ago) had prescribed tylenol w/codeine for severe menstrual cramps I experienced. I have painful osteoarthitis in my hand and take it for that also. (since I can't take an anti-inflammatory). I stil take it for this pain. My PCP is fully aware of my HCM..does this affect it?
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

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    Re: Tylenol w/codeine

    Hi Cynthia,

    That painkiller should not affect your HCM at all. The many variations of acetaminophen and narcotic painkillers such as percocet, vicodin and Tylenol w/codeine have all been prescribed for me at various times and have all been approved by my cardiologists, surgeons and specialists. The most important factor to consider of course is that you've already been taking it for several years without any trouble. You'll be fine.

    Take care,

    Jim
    "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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      Re: Tylenol w/codeine

      Cynthia I agree with Jim. Additionally always remember to run medications by your phsicians first, especially if they were prescribed by non-Hcm docs. As our conditions vary and they change over the years it is best that use of narcotic medication be reviewed periodically and the condition you are using it for be reported. We all keep meds around for other conditions for which they were once prescribed and cross over to using them for other discomforts. New meds are being developed on a regular basis and some much more effective and specific to the problems we have. For many reasons use of the narcotic first might not be the best line of attack, or it might.
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        Re: Tylenol w/codeine

        Hi Cynthia,
        I just got the results back on my back – actually the x-rays of my back. Seems that I have degenerative arthritis up and mostly down my spine, plus my left thumb (I’m a lefty), plus my shoulders, plus my hips.

        Maybe we could buy the Tylenol and Codeine in job lots and share it. That should lower the cost considerably. The only problem is, where do we find a doctor willing to write such a script?

        Listen sweetie-pie, get all the relief you can out of those friendly little pills. (My, the expressions you can get away with once you reach a certain age. – Too old to be a threat I guess.)
        Burt

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          Re: Tylenol w/codeine

          thanks guys! Trust me, I will be the first to take one if I am in pain...I don't have a high pain threshhold. Hey Burt, hope you find some relief also! any form of arthritis isn't fun. I'm too chicken to get a cortisone shot and even that doesn't solve the problem completely. take care everyone
          \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

          Ralph Waldo Emerson

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            Re: Tylenol w/codeine

            Tylenol is about the only painkiller that some HCMers can take since it is the only one that won't interfere with Coumadin, if you are on it.

            Codiene is fine, too. I find it pretty funny that I can't take things like aspirin or decongestants but I can take narcotics and barbituates without a hitch!!

            take care,

            s

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              Re: Tylenol w/codeine

              Hey Cynthia,
              I have two forms of arthritis (spondlylosis and osteoarthritis) I can't get a doctor to give me pain meds. (been like this for 11 years now) I only take tyw codiene when I can get a dr. to write a script.

              I do get cortisone shots as well as trigger point injections. (two bulging disc and one herniated in neck) (probable torn rotator cup and pinch nerve at elbow) They really do help. Do not hesitate to get them.

              I had a cortisone shot in my knee that hurt. The one in my hip I barely felt. This past year I had them in my shoulder and then the trigger points. You do get relief. Those don't hurt.

              Don't be afraid to try the shots. If you don't get relief by the second one don't bother getting anymore. You should have relief with the first shot though.

              Good Luck,

              PS Hey Burt don't pick up anything heavy or girls either....

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