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kelly71
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   Posted 11/21/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, when I moved to SC, I got a new GP and I really like him.  He actually hears me when I talk to him.  Anyway, as some of you know, I am a recovering addict, so I decided to try methadone maintenance because I was in so much pain that my old GP in CA put me on Vicodin.  I didn't want to fall back into old habits.  The methadone blocks the euphoric effects of the Vicodin, but I still get pain relief from it...or so I thought. shakehead
 
Obviously, I have a new methadone clinic, too, and this place is amazing!  It's nothing like what most people think of when they hear the words, 'methadone clinic.'  I actually have a counselor who hears me, too.  He explained that the Vicodin isn't really helping me because the methadone blocks all the effects of the Vicodin.  So, why the hell have I been taking it for the last 6 months?  Because I thought it was helping.  But, it does make sense considering I am still in horrible pain all the time. cry
 
So, my new GP and my methadone clinic all talked to each other and I decided to increase my dose of Neurontin (to 600mg twice a day), stop taking the Vicodin, and gradually increase my methadone to see if I can get some pain relief that way.  BTW-right now, I'm on such a low dose of methadone, I don't get any pain relief from it.  Oh, I'm also gonna take 800mg of ibuprofen 3 times a day.
 
I'm kind of happy about this, because it was my decision.  Because of my past, it's better (even psychologically) for me not to take the Vicodin because that was my "drug of choice."  BTW-I'll be sober 12 years next month! :-)
 
I do want to make it clear that I don't think that anyone who takes opiates for pain is a "bad person."  I know that a lot of people here need to take them, and I think that whatever works for you is the best thing for you.  I am the last person to ever condemn anyone for taking pain meds.  I just don't roll that way.  No one else has to live in your body except you.
 
OK, I'll get off my soapbox now (OMG, that hurts!). shocked
 
Also, if the pain gets worse, I will try and find another route to relieve it.  Actually, my GP wants me to try Lyrica.  I know that a lot of people have side effects from it, but I think I'd try it-I just can't afford it.  I am so sick of all this disability bull****. mad   There has got to be a better way for our country to help its middle class.  Oops!  Sorry, I guess I'm still on the stairs of my soapbox! smilewinkgrin
 
Anyway, I'll let y'all know how this new protocol works for me. :-)    Thanks for letting me babble! tongue


FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix (quit smoking 08/29/08)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson

Post Edited (kelly71) : 11/21/2008 9:45:59 AM (GMT-7)


Sherrine
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   Posted 11/21/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Kelly, I hope they have you start each new change one at a time.  If you do all changes at once you will not know what is really helping you.  That's kind of what happened with the Vicodin you were taking.
 
I have had really good luck with ibuprofen.  I hope it help you too.
 
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kara487
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   Posted 11/21/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on being sober for 12 years.I hope the neurontin,methadone and ibuprofen helps you.
Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan , neurontin,zyrtec and soma.
 
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis ,Fibro,and arthritis


mamanan
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   Posted 11/21/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Kelly, I hoep this new regime helps you find some relief. What a crazy situation to take a drug that wasn't even helping you! Congrats on being sober, THAT is a huge accomplishment.

Sorry to highjack, but question about ibuprofin? How much do you have to take to find relief, and does it have to be in your system continuously? When I get bad, I alternate Tylenol (1000mg) adn Advil (800 mg),but I don'f find that they help at all. So after taking 2 doses, I usually stop b/c I figure why take drugs that don't help?
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline


kelly71
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   Posted 11/21/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   

mamanan,

No problem about hijacking my thread.  I've hijacked so many, I could be a fibro terrorist! smilewinkgrin    Anyway, I really don't know the answer to your question, but I'll give you an opinion, LOL.  Like any drug, you need to take things on a regular basis before you get an effect.  For instance, it can take 6 weeks before an antidepressant starts to work.  But, you need to take it for those 6 weeks before you feel an effect.  Hope that made sense! :-)


FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix (quit smoking 08/29/08)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


Irish Babe
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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Kelly, you have had such a yr, quitting smoking and the move back to GA. All positive choices for your future. Now a dr that really hears you and is helping you to see more positive choices for meds. Fantastic. I didn't have success w/ Lyrica, but I would hope that it works for you. We have all seen how something works well for one person and not at all for another. Hopefully, you will be able to use it health wise and $$$ wise.

I'm so glad things are coming around for you. I always read your posts, hoping that you are having a good day. Give Reese a cuddle for me. wink Have a good day.

God bless.  Alice.


Sherrine
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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 600 mg of ibuprofen every six  hours around the clock.  If I take less, it doesn't work.  I use the generic brand from Walmart.  When the pain is worse I take 1,000 mg of Tylenol in between the ibuprofen doses.  The most ibuprofen you can safely take is 2,400 mg a day.  Be sure to take it with food to protect your stomach.  The most Tylenol you can safely take a day is 4,000 mg.
 
Sherrine
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


Carnissa
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   Posted 11/23/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
congrats on being sober for 12 years.. that is an accomplishment to be proud off.. i hope it all works out for you
Diagnosed - fibromyalgia 2001
Meds effexor xr 300mg/day amitryptilene 10mg/day
 
 


GamJill
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   Posted 11/23/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kelly-

Happy to hear about the "good" new Dr. and clinic. And you know I wish you the best with your med changes. Very proud of you and congratulations on almost 12 years of sobriety!!

GamJill
 
 
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck, SAD
 
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Darvocet  

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