Questions about a few untraditional medications for pain

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Cyborg Ninja
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   Posted 5/6/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to my family doctor today and she prescribed a couple of unusual meds for my pain. She was interested in giving me an NSAID, but I cannot take that with Crohn's, though I did try Celebrex which did nothing. I take pain meds for syringomyelia, which is a spinal cord disease. I take Lyrica for the neuropathic pain, but also need another medication for back aches, which is perhaps similar to fibromyalgia.

The doctor first wanted to prescribe amitriptyline, which is sometimes used as an antidepressant. She said it inhibits your brain from perceiving pain, which interested me. Unfortunately, I couldn't take it because it lowers the seizure threshold and I had a seizure recently. I also can't take Wellbutrin now for the same reason, and I'd like to get on that to increase my dopamine and see how it affects me. In the end, she prescribed me Skelaxin (metaxalone) and trazodone. I don't know much at all about these drugs, but I suppose they are muscle relaxants. I told her I didn't want to be groggy at work, and that's mostly what I need pain medication for. I read a couple of anecdotes on these drugs and one of them (or both) seem to enhance dreams and make users groggy, though I suppose it depends on the amount. I think one is also used as an antidepressant. I really don't want these side effects, and I am the type who rarely if ever complains about side effects from meds. The enhanced dreams scenario worries me most. What do you know about any or all three of these drugs?
Current DX: Graves' disease, Crohn's disease, gallstones, scoliosis, syringomyelia

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   Posted 5/7/2008 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I take Trazadone to help me sleep. Yes it does give me vivid dreams - some good, some I could do without. I hope you are only prescribed to take it at night as it does make you very drowsy. If you get a good night's sleep (at least 8hrs), the am foggyness should go away. Yes, the Trazadone is an antidepressant as well.

Good luck. Talk to your Dr about any unwanted side effects.
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   Posted 5/7/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
okay, admittedly today I seem to be unable to put two whole lines of text together and form a complete thought - but here goes...

I've been taking amitriptylene for about six months if I'm correct. It was initially prescribed at the lowest dosage possible for nerve pain. We went from whatever that lowest dosage is to 200mg dosages. I noticed a, well noticable, difference in the level and amount of my nerve pain. The great side effect is that yes, it did help me better cope with the "Down" feelings that come with dealing with chronic pain. It also helped me actually sleep through the night - which is something I haven't been able to do in years. The ami was enough that taken 20 minutes before bedtime it knocked me out and kept me knocked out for a great while. Gone where the times of being up 3/4 of the night tossing and turning in pain. Insominia and me are good old buddies.

My new pain doctor also just told my pcp to take me off the amitrip so I've got to find out if it is safe to just stop - the reason I'm being taken off of it is, well honestly I can't remember. So thats not help. hope some of this made sense, because none of it does to me.
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Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)

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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
nothing makes sense to me any more.
I am not my pain, it does not own me.

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