This is about my mom. She is 70 years old, has arthritis, diabetes II, high blood pressure and is overweight. I believe she has gained about 15 or 20 lbs. within the last 6 months, so I would say she is probably 50 to 60 lbs overweight on her small 5' body. She has been taking Vicodin for "at least" the last 6 years for her arthritis pain. She takes 2 -4 250 mil. pills at night, yet she is up at least 3 times a night going to the bathroom and refilling her water glass. I'm not sure how many she takes during the day, but I would say it's equal to the nighttime routine. She also falls asleep all day long for short 20 second naps. I have asked her to see if her doctor will try another pain med, but it's a hard subject to talk about with her. I guess this question is really just about her overall health not just liver damage from the Vicodin and diabetes II. I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other med that might help her with her pain, besides the obvious of losing all the extra weight to ease up on her joints.
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