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   Posted 12/2/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anyone here takes any vitamins that helps, or may help with their pain.

Last week I went through a momentary freak-out, where I got really scared about the meds that I am taking, and the somewhat grim prospects for the future (finally had one of my docs admit that since we still don't know the cause of my pain for certain & it hasn't gotten better in 2 yrs, that it probably won't get any better in the next few years, if ever). I basically went into panic mode.

I have tried vitamins for my eyes (vision) in the past & they never helped. I have tried a bunch of chinese herbs for my eye pain with very limited success, but I have never tried vitamins specifically for my eye pain. So I went to the store and got Vitamin E & Selenium -- which are supposed to help with muscle & nerve regeneration, Cod Liver Oil -- which is supposed to help the eyes, and a eye-formula multi-vitamin. I'm not sure if there is anything else out there that might be worth trying. I'll ask my doc when I see him next week, but I thought maybe someone here would have some experience. I don't know if they will help at all, but it's at least worth a try.

Post Edited (skeye) : 12/2/2008 2:20:03 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/2/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I know the sinking feeling that the pills or surgery or whatever aren't going to cure our problem. The sad thing is I don't think vitamins will either, although in most cases I don't think they hurt (there are some that are potent, and can interfere with meds, though, so it's alwyas good to tell your doc and your pharmacist everything you take).

I do take Omega 3's and Vit.B complex. Many vitamins can help replenish the American diet which isnt' always healthy enough (at least mine isn't!). It can't hurt to do your own research on what might help, because you never know what western medicine doesn't know. (does that make sense?) Like you said, it's worth a try as long as it's not something that interfering with your pain meds.

Sometimes it's not good to take certain things together - I'd ask your pharmacist about that. I try not to take my Vitamins around the same time I take other meds.


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   Posted 12/2/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Check with your doc to make sure this is ok but one thing that is great for your eyes is taking camomile tea bags, seeping them and then after they cool, place them on your eyes. Whenever i got pink eye or a painful sty my mom would do this and that horrible aching pain I would get would go away for a little while.

I know you have stated it before but I don't remember, what is the issue with your eyes? I am studing to be an herbalist and I have a lot of reference books so if you want to e-mail me, I can look some things up for you or point you towards some really useful books.

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   Posted 12/2/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. I'm definitely going to check with my doc when I see him next week. For now, I've been sure not to take them near the times that I take my prescription meds. I doubt that vitamins are going to help, but I think it would be worth trying. I'm hoping that maybe they can reduce the pain a tiny bit or at least give me a little more energy, as this whole CP thing is quite draining (as I'm sure everyone knows all to well).


I have been doing some research on my own, but I haven't come across much. You're right that western medicine doesn't know everything. I do a lot of traditional medicine as well, it is amazing how it can often help with things that western medicine cannot (although I've been finding out more and more that it has its limitations too, at least for me, my body seems excessively stubborn).


That is fantastic that you are studying to be an herbalist! My acupuncturist is also a herbalist, and he is just wonderful. I can definitely use all the advice and suggestions I can get. Chamomile tea bags are great. I have been using them on my eye for several months now. I like to use them when they are still warm. I find them comforting & relaxing, although unfortunately they don't do much for my pain.

We aren't certain about what is wrong with my eye, but we think that there is a lot of unresolved inflammation behind the eye that is wreaking havoc with the nerves, in addition to a neuralgia of one or more of the nerves of the eye. This all stems from a traumatic eye injury I had 2 years ago.


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   Posted 12/2/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Skeye.... I asked that very question my last visit. I was told no, nothing will help but that I should try and get as much antioxidants as possible. I have tried everything from acupuncture to injections (trigger, epidurals, nerve blocks) to physical therapy. My dr told me there would be no relief, no surgery, and pills will never really cut the pain. It will be a lifelong struggle. I broke down too..... I think all the times I felt OK and like I just took it for advantage! My dr & I are doing a trial for the pain pump next month. I don't like taking all these pills. I don't like the side effects. I was against it at first, but after reading some material I think it may be a better choice for me. Its less medication, and bypasses your liver. He also said it would help with the constipation. (yipee!) But since I am in my early 30's & have a lot of pills left to take, however long my life may be..... it seems better this way. Plus I am allergic to sulfa which is in a lot of pain killers so I am limited to what I can take. We just tried dilaudid and honestly I can't tell a difference. Of course I am no dr, and yours may have a better outlook for you. I just know my situation & what my drs are doing. And I trust mine with my life. They are all about these procedures being the last resort. Oh & I drink monavie products for antioxidants. I don't like the taste (kinda like wine, no alcohol of course), but it has a lot of antioxidants. Best Wishes! -Shan
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   Posted 12/2/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks kttn,

I figured the answer would be no, but just like you, I've exhausted just about every other option - acupuncture, herbs, nerve blocks, reflexology, biofeedback, and the list goes on. I'm just terrified of the prospect of being on pain medication for potentially the rest of my life (and I'm only in my early 20's, so I've got a long way to go). The medications really scare me. Although I'd have to say that my pain & what it will do to me if it continues to go untreated scares me more. I guess it is just a question of what is worse.

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