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Yesterday morning, I woke up with severe lower back pain. On a scale of 1-10, it was a strong 7. No matter what position I was in, I couldn't find relief. After taking a nap, I decided to drive myself to Urgent Care because the pain was worsening. I waited 2 1/2 hours, the entire time having to sit in a chair (which made the pain worse, got up to an 8). The doctor prescribed me Vicodin, a strong Motrin, and an anti-inflammatory. I took the anti-inflammatory before bed along with the Vicodin (took half, didn't feel relief after an hour, took the other half).<br><br>
Fast forward to 4am. Sweet Pea woke me up, I took her outside. The pain was pretty bad. Just as she was coming back in, my vision started to go, my ears started ringing, and I knew I was passing out, so I dropped to the ground. I didn't fully pass out, but a few seconds after hitting the ground, my vision slowly returned and I got a strong wave of nausea. I made it to the bathroom where I was dry heaving. Once that urge stopped, I got back up and barely made it to the couch about 10 feet from the bathroom. I tried to sit up a few minutes later and the nausea returned, this time I did vomit. I laid in the bathroom for 10 minutes before rushing back to the couch I was sleeping on. I'm afraid to sit up again in fear of pain and nausea.<br><br>
What is the most likely cause of me nearly passing out/vomiting? Was it the Vicodin I took 6 hours before, my pinched nerve, or something more serious? Thank you.
 

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How are you now? Do you still feel like you are going to pass out?<br><br>
I have taken pretty strong pain meds before and it never made me pass out. When it is too strong, it will make me vomit, though.
 

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I'm laying down on my back, so I'm feeling better than before. Still in pain in my back, but no nausea. I'm pretty sure the nausea/vomiting is linked to nearly passing out. If I hadn't dropped to the ground, I know for a fact that I would have passed out fully. I have no idea why standing/sitting is causing the passing out in the first place. Could it be pain induced? Could the nerve be sending a signal to my brain? I had just woken up right before taking the dog outside, so maybe that factors in too.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>fadeaway1289</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2888051"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I've always had to take Vicodin with food or else it makes me vomit. Did you take the Vicodin on an empty stomach?</div>
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I had eaten literally minutes before taking the first half. I have stomach issues that flare up, so I'm very good about making sure I don't take anything (including Advil) on an empty stomach. What I do know is the Vicodin didn't help my pain. I fell asleep shortly after taking the other half, but when I woke up at 2, I was still in a lot of pain.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>julz</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2888056"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Was it a head rush type of passing out?</div>
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No, my vision went first before the other symptoms started. I was up for a minute or two before this happened. I took the dog outside, she walked to the side of the house and I walked after her to make sure she wasn't going to run (she had surgery on Wednesday). I then walked back inside and watched her go to the bathroom. Just when she was walking towards the door is when the symptoms started. Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night, I get severe nausea, but now that I think about it, that's usually my only symptom. I don't think almost passing out was linked to just waking up.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>julz</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2888057"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm not a doctor, but, evidently, I play one on VB.</div>
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If it feels like it might happen again, I would go back to the doctor. Opiates do wierd stuff, but the vision disturbances are worrysome. And if you only took half a pill, it's not like you over did it.<br><br>
You are on bed rest, right?
 

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It might have been an allergic reaction. If you are continuing to have back pain, go back to the doctor and tell this doctor what happened when you took the Vicodin. Maybe you should get a steroid injection for your pain instead. In any case, the doctor should know what happened to you.
 

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Do u know for sure it's a pinched nerve ?<br><br><a href="http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrocodone/paracetamol" target="_blank">http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrocodone/paracetamol</a><br><br>
Your pass out vomit session is most likely bc of the vicodin, one symptom is lowering bp (which is also lower when we wake up).<br><br>
Im a massage therapist and specialize in alignment injuries, i can help your back especially if we know it's a pinched nerve/ disc degeneration. I'm mobile now going all over sb, la, and oc. Let me know if u want to try massage, i work on sliding scale for injuries and accept exchanges in any form for massage work
 

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I'm so sorry you've experienced this Heather... but, ummm... I'll take some of those Vicodin off your hands if you need me to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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If it feels like it might happen again, I would go back to the doctor. Opiates do wierd stuff, but the vision disturbances are worrysome. And if you only took half a pill, it's not like you over did it.<br><br>
You are on bed rest, right?</div>
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I took half a pill, didn't feel it, then took the other half an hour later. I've never taken such a strong pain med, so I don't know if that caused it, but since it was 6 hours later, I doubt it. I looked online and it appears that Vicodin only lasts 4-6 hours for pain relief. Now I'm thinking it was my nerve or BP.<br><br>
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It might have been an allergic reaction. If you are continuing to have back pain, go back to the doctor and tell this doctor what happened when you took the Vicodin. Maybe you should get a steroid injection for your pain instead. In any case, the doctor should know what happened to you.</div>
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The doctor offered me an injection, but I turned it down. I hate needles. I'm going to try the other medicine he gave me, it's like a strong motrin. I now don't believe it was the Vicodin.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>luvourmother</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2888107"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Do u know for sure it's a pinched nerve ?<br><br><a href="http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrocodone/paracetamol" target="_blank">http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrocodone/paracetamol</a><br><br>
Your pass out vomit session is most likely bc of the vicodin, one symptom is lowering bp (which is also lower when we wake up).<br><br>
Im a massage therapist and specialize in alignment injuries, i can help your back especially if we know it's a pinched nerve/ disc degeneration. I'm mobile now going all over sb, la, and oc. Let me know if u want to try massage, i work on sliding scale for injuries and accept exchanges in any form for massage work</div>
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Not 100%, the doctor didn't even exam me. Since the Vicodin was probably out of my system by then (according to most sites online, 4-6 hours is how long it lasts and for me, pain meds usually wear off fast because of my metabolism), I believe it was the pain mixed with maybe lower BP from waking up. My BP at the Urgent Care yesterday was 130 over something (can't remember what he said) and I've never had issues with low BP (my Mom has it though). I'm terrified to sit up right now, I don't want the urge to vomit to come back. I'm only eating crackers right now.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I'm so sorry you've experienced this Heather... but, ummm... I'll take some of those Vicodin off your hands if you need me to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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Good try <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I started feeling nausea and dizziness again while standing up. I'm pretty sure it's pain related. Bleh. I took the Motrin-like meds and anti-inflammatory, but it just took the edge off. Still can't move around.<br><br>
My awesome boyfriend was up with me at 4 when I was sick and has been helping me with everything. He just went out to get me Del Taco and Starbucks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>danakscully64</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2888424"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I started feeling nausea and dizziness again while standing up. I'm pretty sure it's pain related. Bleh. I took the Motrin-like meds and anti-inflammatory, but it just took the edge off. Still can't move around.<br><br>
My awesome boyfriend was up with me at 4 when I was sick and has been helping me with everything. He just went out to get me Del Taco and Starbucks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Sorry to hear that. I'm glad that you aren't alone and have your bf there to help you. Honestly, I'd go back to the drs and get the steriod shot.
 

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I want to get an X-Ray, just to be safe. Going to call and make an appointment with my regular doctor, if he can get me in.
 

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Very sorry to hear you're not feeling well, scully. Hope you're better soon!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 

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So as the day went on yesterday, the 2 drugs helped a lot. The pain is going away, so I'm not going to the doctor. I think it was just a pinched nerve that's easing up, finally. I should be good to go back to work on Friday <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Yay.
 

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glad to hear the pain eased up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
i had a pinched sciatic nerve years ago and the only relief was acupuncture by a qigong practitioner. and it never acted up again all these years later.<br><br>
(i swear i replied last night...what should have been post #17, but i guess i didn't hit the right button.)
 
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