Question about pain meds and allergic reactions

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Red_34
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   Posted 1/24/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if someone can help me.  I have some arthritis going on and I am thinking about asking my doc for some pain meds that I can take before I go to bed so I can actually sleep thru the night.  The problems is, is that I can not take any anti-inflammatories due to my UC and I am severely allergic to codeine - even if it has a trace of it.  So where does that leave me?  I can take Celebrex but it only helps marginally and I can only take it occasionally and I have taken Darvocet but it constipates me.  Any ideas?
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   Posted 1/24/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe a topical lotion, there are many on the market, you'll just have to pick and choose one.
putting a hot pad on your bed at night help? it helps me...till it cools off...lol
wrtite this question down and ask your doctor, there are lots of pain meds out there and a new one coming out
soon for fibro, I just hope it won't costs a lot and that insurance will except it...
Others will come with better answers than me, till then
Prayers and lots of soft hugz...
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PAlady
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   Posted 1/24/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Red,
I add a muscle relaxer to my "cocktail" so I can sleep through the night. Usually it's valium, anywhere from 5-10mg. Would muscle relaxant help? It does leave me groggy in the morning...but since I'm hardly working these days it kind of doesn't matter.

I'm just not sure what type of pain is keeping you awake. Just a thought.

PaLady

AndreaRN
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   Posted 1/24/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I have several allergies....including codiene, M.S. and Percocet . I was allowed to "try" Vicodin with warning from Pharmacist. Vicodin is in the same family ........I felt itchy the first couple days and no problem since.

I also take a muscle relaxant most nights for the shoulder cramps. (Flexaril) It helps somewhat.

I started taking Atarax about 11 days ago and I am now hailing it as a miracle drug for me. It is an old safe standby.......anti-histamine with other uses. Sedation and pain med inhancer. I am still in wonder. My left shoulder has been locked up tight in pain for many years....now......it has loosened up and the pain is just a hurt plus the electric jolts are now just tingles and just once in a while. It is also not regarded as an addictive med.

I find it does not make me sleepy like the Flexaril did (which I am going to stop)

Andrea
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C3-4 herniation
C4-5 disectomy & fusion (anterior)
C6-7 & C7-8 L laminectomies (posterior) (need R)
Partial removal of supporting Cervical Posterior Ligament
Constant shoulder pain & tightness.intermittent neck pain
bulged discs at C6-7 & C7-8

Chronic Pain with Vicodin 7.5/325 rx

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PAlady
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   Posted 1/24/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Andrea -
That's very interesting abou the Atarax. Do you take it during the day and if so, does it make you sleepy? If you just use it at night and it helps relax your muslces instead of the flexiril, I might want to check into it.

Thanks for the tip!

PaLady

AndreaRN
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   Posted 1/24/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLady,

I am truthfully floored by the response I have had.........I have tried so many "nothings".

My prescription is for Atarax 25mg tabs 2 every 6 hours. I started at one morning and night. That it was a sugar pill.....went to 2 morning and night....alittle sleepy and woke up with one cup of coffee. After about 4 days I went to the every 6 hours.

I am sold on the drug. I can wiggle my shoulder up and down etc. I did not realize that Vistaril is a different form of the drug.

And.......since I am always having the sniffles due to allergies they are gone.I do notice a dry mouth in the morning....but then it is winter and I do without meds.

Andrea

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Women who behave don't make History!

C3-4 herniation
C4-5 disectomy & fusion (anterior)
C6-7 & C7-8 L laminectomies (posterior) (need R)
Partial removal of supporting Cervical Posterior Ligament
Constant shoulder pain & tightness.intermittent neck pain
bulged discs at C6-7 & C7-8

Chronic Pain with Vicodin 7.5/325 rx

VIEW IMAGE


PAlady
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   Posted 1/24/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you should! LOL

Thanks for the info!

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/24/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of the older meds are making a come back as some work a whole lot
better than the newer medications...Makes ya wonder why they try us on the newer ones first
only to end up with a older medication, great suggestion Andrea..
So bring this up with your Doctor, Sherry and hope you can find something that'll
work for you soon, keep us posted...
Hugz..
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Red_34
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   Posted 1/25/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. I already use a pain cream for my hands - I have OA in my fingers and I take Tylonel Arthritis and every other night I take Celebrex 200mgs. My pain is both in the joint and in the muscles. I used to take Flexeril but it left me a zombie even when I would take it at night. And I stopped taking Skelaxin because it was making me feel loopy. But I am thinking of starting it again but just take it every other night - not sure if that will work or not though.

I was just wondering if there was something else out there that the doc has been hesitant to try. Sometimes people who have experienced these types of things are the best people to go to. But I definately will bring it up to my doc.
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes an antidepressent or a steroid medication can be used to help control pain. Or a strop opioid medication. Careful, some of them, especially the weak opioids have codeine in it. Hard to locate, but MSM cream has helped me in the past. If you are brave, you can go all natural and try accupuncture. If that is a little freaky, there is a thing called accubeads. THere are many nerves that are in your ears, these beads get put in your ears depending on what kind of pain your having is where the location is. It actually does lessen the pain. You get the beads by going to the accupuncturist (go figure). If you want a medication, I strongly suggest calling and making an appointment with your doctor. He or she can prescribe a proper medication that you can take. Make sure they have alll your medical records updated. That you cant take codeine or anti inflammatories. Hope this helps.
 
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Red how is your colon these days? I remember awhile back you were ready to have it out because you were having such a bad time w/UC?

If the Skelaxin is still making you feel loopy-try cutting it in half. I swear by Zanaflex as a muscle relaxer-but then you know the drill we all react differently. I take it during the day and at bedtime.

Susie


Red_34
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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie, I still want it out but my GI says that I am not quite there yet. I am still flaring but mildly - or maybe it's just my new "normal". Right now my 6mp is keeping me out of severe flares. But if the time comes and the 6mp stops working, I will NOT do Remicade. I would much rather live with a bag or pouch. You know, I never thought about cutting the Skelaxin in half! Thanks for the idea :)

Smurfy, I did do accupuncture in the past but it was for muscle weakness and not for arthritis. It worked wonders so I may go back to the doc and see if he can help my hands. Thanks for reminding me!
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