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Percocet addiction/Mental withdrawls/legal reprecussions

I have a long story and am scared to death to post this....it's the first i've talked about it to anyone.I have had kidney stones for much of my life (first one when I was 10) but more frequently in the last three years.  I stopped counting at 20 but probably in the thirty's or so.  Through this I slowly developed a tolerance to percocet..my dosing increased to a point where i was taking about 10-12 percs 10/650 a day at it's highest point.  I kindof tapered myself off and am currently about 2 weeks without it. I am not currently in pain but know I have a 5mm kidney stone in my kidney waiting to cause trouble.  I have been going to both my primary care doc and my urologist for pain meds...Long story short, now i'm worried about a number of things  I have such a huge tolerance built up to the percs that they weren't really even treating the pain, so if i NEED them to ease the pain will they ever work normally again. I've had a number of perscriptions filled for the medicine and just now am wondering if i'm legally in trouble (if i get flagged on the system) or whatever, and If I've damaged my liver with the amount of acetametaphan I've taken.  Any input would be great.  I realize i have used it for the euphoric feeling as well sometimes...and a number of times just because of the withdrawl symptoms....but I'm through that part of it now..I'm just nearvous for the future.. any suggestions for pain alternatives.  My primary care doc is aware of the tolerance i've built up and i have hinted to him that i have doctor shopped...and have stopped going to the urologist. but i know he will give me another perscription for the percs if i ask...does any of this make sense  please help
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Are you saying there is nothing medically they can do for stones.....
There is no medication you can take for the stones........
There are no specialists that no how to deal with stones......

Euphoria is what your treating its sounds like and your stones enable you to justify all the percs.....

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The doctor may prescribe certain medications to prevent calcium and uric acid stones. These drugs control the amount of acid or alkali in the urine, key factors in crystal formation. The drug allopurinol may also be useful in some cases of hyperuricosuria.

Doctors usually try to control hypercalciuria, and thus prevent calcium stones, by prescribing certain diuretics, such as hydrochlorothiazide. These drugs decrease the amount of calcium released by the kidneys into the urine by favoring calcium retention in bone. They work best when sodium intake is low.

Very rarely, patients with hypercalciuria may be given the drug sodium cellulose phosphate, which binds calcium in the intestines and prevents it from leaking into the urine.

If cystine stones cannot be controlled by drinking more fluids, your doctor may prescribe drugs such as Thiola and Cuprimine, which help reduce the amount of cystine in the urine.

For struvite stones that have been totally removed, the first line of prevention is to keep the urine free of bacteria that can cause infection. Your urine will be tested regularly to be sure that no bacteria are present.

If struvite stones cannot be removed, your doctor may prescribe a drug called acetohydroxamic acid (AHA). AHA is used with long-term antibiotic drugs to prevent the infection that leads to stone growth.

People with hyperparathyroidism sometimes develop calcium stones. Treatment in these cases is usually surgery to remove the parathyroid glands (located in the neck). In most cases, only one of the glands is enlarged. Removing the glands cures the patient's problem with hyperparathyroidism and with kidney stones as well.



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I appreciate your post and all the info..I didn't give my whole history of kidney stones but...they are calcium stones, and I have been taking hydrochlorothiazide and a citric acid suppliment...I have done a 24 hr urine collection and done all i can do....the prevention methods haven't seemed to help. even have tried taking uriflow...actually that's when my most recent problem started.. a 4 mm stone got lodged in my ureter...don't worry i'm still taking the uriflow though...my problem is the Dr's I have seen all seem to just try to write the script and send me on my way. I am currently trying to get into the stone guru in my area but he is not covered on my insurance...the reason i posted here is now when i am not in kidney stone pain i am craving percocet and was hoping for help on dealing with that...admittedly i like the way they make me feel...but i don't want to abuse them and I feel myself leaning that way...so i appreciate your info...but I really do have a unique kidney stone problem...I'm just trying to avoid any further drug problem.  
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I really enjoy your posts. Cut right thru the BS, and get to the meat of the problem. Hard to hear sometimes, but I like your style. I've been meaning to tell you that. Your caring shows by looking up all that info.

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My posts are not meant to hurt, that I promise you manonfire......

But sometimes people need a wake up call to see what is really standing in front of them.....

Not sure if God really exists but I know the devil does for sure.
I met him face to face in my life, had dinner with him the whole thing and trying to get away from him is like Michael Douglas trying to get away from the nut job broad in Fatal Attraction..............

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