Hydrocodone, as well as all opiates, cause abdominal cramps by the inhibition of peristalsis. Try keeping well hydrated, and taking a daily dose of flavored cod-liver oil for lubrication. The flavored brands are quite palatable. A tablespoon divided in two doses. A very small amount of metamucil will also help, but not too much. You might try one of the anti-gas over-the counter drugs such as been-o or gas-X.
Thanks for the suggestion of small doses of cod-liver oil. Nocturnal peristalsis, cramps, sweats with or without pain meds results in sleep deprivation. Back to sucralfate with gas-x capsules for another trial.
Good news to share. A ventral hernia (above the belly button) was repaired late September. After post-surgical recovery which did include treatment for post-op infection, I discovered that most of the abdominal night pain disappeared.
Respiratory infections caused a never-ending chronic cough which was partly-decreased with daily use of over-the counter famotidine (generic Pepcid) 20 mg am and pm. I have less desire to drink coffee and liquor. A chronic sinus infection is currently being treated with 20 days Augmentin oral and antibiotic nose spray: muprocin. Now I sleep all night
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