Neuropathy Pain and Dangers of Long-Term Hydrocodone Use
Neuropathy pain is very bad but long-term hydrocodone use may make things worse.
By Shiraz Abbas
Hydrocodone is sometimes prescribed for neuropathy pain, particularly diabetic neuropathy. Hydrocodone is an opioid that is used for the relief of pain. The short-term effects of hydrocodone include a sense of well-being, reduction of pain, numbness, feeling sleepy and reduced worry and stress. A number of people with neuropathy have (understandably) an accompanying depression and hydrocodone seems to address many ills at a time.
The reduction of pain and pleasurable high that is accompanied with hydrocodone may come with deleterious effects on health with its long-term use. The first and foremost effect that may come about is addiction. Hydrocodone is made from the same substance as heroin which puts people at an increased risk of addiction. At the moment, opioid addiction in the U.S has affected countless people and around 66% of all overdoses involve an opioid. Around 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdose.
Repeated use of hydrocodone can lead to tolerance, meaning that you will have to take more in order to get the original sense of high and pain relief thereby exacerbating its side-effects. These include liver damage, hearing loss, cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems, malnutrition, chronic constipation, oxygen deprivation, and from the social and personal side, job loss, mental illness and damage to your relationships.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.