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   Posted 12/21/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Folks
I'm Glen AKA Theswan or billypilgram.
I have chronic low back pain from a Spondyloltheisis that went from a 1-1 and 1 half to a 3 from a car accident. I had fusion etc in 1997 with no sucess, in fact, got worse with one screw breaking in half. Now I can add arthritis in my left knee as a pain factor. The doctor says I need a knee replacement. (I'll wait on that verdict as long as I can)
Anyway, I went on a clinical trial of "Suboxone" at Columbia-Prespyterian hospital. This was in March. The trial was for "bad" pain patients who took more then perscribed. I believed my pain warrented more but who knows? The point is that the darn stuff worked on my pain and I have no thought of taking more-In fact, I just cut my dose from 16mg to 14mg and will taper down as low as I can while still getting relief.
I also tried Lyrica again as an adjunct and darn it worked great! For two weeks only!? (sigh) I hate this stuff as it seems I have to lower my dose then, get off of it altogether, then, start it again! Seems silly but this has happended a few times. I'm about to go off it again.
Has anyone tried Lyrica and then gone back to "Neuronton"? And did it work like the Lyrica?
I don't know but maybe "tweaking" the GABA-like medications, I can maintain the great relief I get from time to time with the Lyrica. I mean this stuff made my mood better as well as almost erasing my pain!
Hello again to all. I remember "Chutz" and I believe "Seaotter" The other good folks will come back to my memory in time-it's an age thing lol

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   Posted 12/22/2008 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Glen!

Wonderful to see you again. Seaotter has moved on to other vistas but old Chutzie is still hanging You sure have been thru more than your share of misery. (((GLEN))) I've heard similar episodes of Lyrica over in the fibro like a miracle drug for about 2 weeks then 'whamo' it quits. No idea why...just does.

Keep us posted on your regime and how it's working. I would love to lower my pain med dosage. I don't take more than I'm prescribed but that's way more than I'd like to take and still have a somewhat "normal" life.

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Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin dependent diabetic, collapsed disk, dermatitis herpetiformus, osteo arthritis in spine and other locations.

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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 12/22/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chutz

Nice to hear from you. Yeah,I looked at Seaotter's postings and they quit several months ago. I hope he's well. Most likely he's busy or like I did, having computer issues.

The suboxone is excellent for me. It provides long term relief as I can miss a dose and not notice. Sadly my knee "went" early this year maybe in June. It hurt like heck so I got x-rays and the knee is grinding bone upon bone or at least close to it. I have a "spur" and he showed me a normal knee x-ray and the gap that was there was almost gone in my case.

Motrin works OK but upsets my stomach after two days or maybe three. Sleep is tough as my mattress is too "narrow" in width. I sleep with my fiancee and it's her bed so the best I can do is get some padding. Maybe invest in that space-age "memory" foam. I have to go to a reputable store as there are a load of "knockoff's" of this bedding product.

Anyway, I'll play with the lyrica dose and maybe just go off it again to restart it in a week or so. Very funny medication. I do not want to give up on iit as the relief is so amazing.

Be well and happy holiday's

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