Pain Management Doctor?

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SadSickTired
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   Posted 10/26/2009 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Everyone!
                    I have tried all kinds of meds to try and control the Fibro pain and none were effective for me.  I tried the SSRI's and the SNRI's; Neurontin and Lyrica; vitamins and supplements.  I have tried it all and now I have come to a crossroads and I need your help.  Does anyone have an opinion on just managing the Fibro through pain medicines?  And if so what kinds are effective for you?  I am thinking of just going to a pain management doc to see what he/she has to say.  Obviously, I would never request a specific type of pain med, but I would like to know if there is anything that works on a daily basis with low chance of side effects and maybe something that I won't build up a tolerance to.  Any advice would be really welcome and appreciated.
Thanks!
   Trish
 
Dx'd with Fibromyalgia, High Blood Pressure, TMJ & Migraines
Zoloft (200mg/day), Atenolol (50mg/day), Lyrica (150mgs- 3 times/day), Yasmin (continuously), Vicodin (1000mg as needed).  Oh and a LOVELY retainer for the TMJ! 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 10/26/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I started taking Vitamin D about 6 weeks ago and it has helped my Fibro pain alot. Surprising that a Vitamin helped that much, but it did. Just a thought. Oh and I take 2400 units a day.

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Marlee2
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   Posted 10/26/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I had one experience with a pain management doc that didn't go very well. I knew when he said, "if you do have fibromyalgia", that we weren't going to get along. I had been dxd by one of his partners and a rheumy.
 
I was lucky enough to get by on 100 mg amitriptyline and tylenol for years but the past couple weeks I have relented and taken a little vicodin when the pain is really bad and it does take the edge off. This fall has really been bad for me but I'm also doing things I don't normally do in the house but need to be done.
 
Good luck finding the help you need.
 
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Marlee
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DMarie
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 10/26/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I see a pain mgmt doctor. At my first appointment, on top of the fibro I was already diagnosed with by a rheumy, he also said I have myofascial and osteoarthritis in my lower back and hips. His motto is, if he can replicate the pain, he can help it go away. Meaning, for the inflammation in my lower back and SI joints, he can give me injections to ease the pain. I also get trigger point injections in my neck and shoulders when I'm in alot of pain. In the past 9 months of seeing him I've had 2 sets of trigger point injections in my neck/shoulder area and 2 set of injections in my lower back/SI joints. The lower back is better, but I don't think I"ll do anymore injections because they don't seem to last longer than 2-3 weeks. Others have great success, so don't rule those out.

He prescribes for me, Robaxin (muscle relaxer) 3x a day, Vicodin ES 3x a day if needed, Celexa (anti-depressant) and Lunesta. I go see him every month because he has to write the narcotic prescriptions in person in my state. When I was first diagnosed I didn't want to take narcotics for the pain and tried all the fibro approved meds, but nothing worked for me. This regimen I'm on keeps my out of pain for the majority of the day and I am sleeping at night. Now my thoughts on taking narcotics is....as long as I'm only taking them as directed (max 3 a day) the chances of getting 'hooked' is low.

Hope that helps!
Dana

merrygirl
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   Posted 10/26/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I see a pm doctor for my pain. I love my pm docs. They are verystrict and even drug test me every visit to make sure I am following orders. A good pain management facility will look at you as a whole patient. how they can help your whole body. I have had a sleep study, cervical inj, trigger points, and physical therapy. SO it is more than just writing a rx for pain meds.

what i do for my pain is fentanyl patch every 2 days, oxycodone 15mg 3x a day and a muscle relaxer is the best.

its definitely worth checking out. AS long as you follow your docs rules and dosing you will be fine....
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