Get out and move. Jump in a pool and ride a bike. It's the best thing you can do for a knee. I walked around for 16 years with a completely torn ACL and lateral meniscus. Biking and swimming kept my knee mobile and strong until I could have it fixed properly.View Thread
In my experience, you don't have to tell the tech anything. I have been told that if you test positive the person that analyzes the test will call you and ask if you have an Rx. Then they verify it with the pharmacy. Whether that info gets shared with your employer I don't know. I have taken drug screening tests 3-4 times. Sometimes pee tests, once they swabbed my mouth and another was a saliva test. Each time I had taken oxycodone a few hours before the test. Apparently it didn't even show up because I was never contacted.
The person doing the test didn't ask me anything and didn't ask to see my Rx.View Thread
As cwienbl pointed out, addiction happens to about 3% of people that take narcotics for pain. You're one of the 3%. I've been taking them for years and they have allowed me to be productive. I take them when I need them and have never taken more than prescribed. Without them I'd be sitting at home. With them I'm able to go to work.View Thread
Norco and Vicodin are the same thing. The only difference is Norco has less Tylenol. Usually 325 mg instead of the 500 or 650 that Vicodin has. Most doctors opt for Norco because they don't want people taking too much Tylenol.View Thread
Was the specialist a chiropractor? If so then he is not a medical doctor and you should stay far away until you find out what's wrong with your back. A real specialist would not use the term "your disc has fallen out". Discs don't fall out. A chiropractor will tell you to go back again and again to get your back cracked. Your money is better spent seeing an orthopedic doctor that specializes in backs, or a neurosurgeon. At the very least, see your family doctor so s/he can order an MRI and x-ray.View Thread
You should be talking to your surgeon about this, not your GP. Every surgery is different. In my experience when I have had multiple surgeries on the same joint it takes longer and longer to heal afterward. Surgery to anchor a torn tendon in the shoulder has a long recovery. It hasn't even been a month yet, you have a long, long way to go.View Thread
Nobody on the internet can diagnose you, not even a doctor. You need to either got back to your doctor or go to a nephrologist. Stay away from the ER they are not going to do anything except make sure you're out of danger and send you home with directions to see your own doctor.View Thread
What is wrong with asking for an ID before giving someone a controlled substance? Doesn't sound unreasonable to me. My pharmacy did that until they got to know me. Now they only ask for my birth date which is required in my state. If someone stole my prescription I would hope the pharmacy would ask for ID before they filled it for someone else.View Thread
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