Thanks for the reply Dani! I read your posts regularly. I can only take amitriptyline occasionally because it gives me suicidal thoughts. Frightening! Apparently there are a bunch of people going around teaching chiropractors this way of getting rich. But some chiropractors seem to do good work, just not for me.
I'll have to ask about
baclofen. The sleep problem is mainly from fibromyalgia, hence the neurontin at bedtime and trying different meds. I haven't had a sleep study done, but I'm not aware of any problem, and I've asked my husband, who says no problem except that one day before I dropped the Neurontin. If I sleep well I feel much less pain the next day - typical for fibro. If the docs think I should I'll do the study.
PAlady - Yes, now that you mention it, tramadol could have caused seizures. It's known to cause all sorts of side effects. I like it because it works and I don't feel any addiction or need to raise the dose. I suspect it was both drugs that acted together that caused my problems, but a lower dose might still be OK. You're right about
discontinuing suddenly being a bad idea, but after not being able to breathe I was terrified enough to go with the withdrawal pain.
Frances - Yes, I've had scans, CT and MRI with and without contrast of all of my spine. I have spinal arthritis, kyphosis, scoliosis, lordosis, degenerating disks, spondylosis, arthropathy, extraforaminal protrusions, annular tears, radiculopathy L5, S1, herniated disc L3-L4, cervical foraminal narrowing, a small syrinx in the at T8, and that's just the spine. Interestingly, I have almost no other arthritis.
Some of my docs are osteopaths. Their training is nearly the same as MD and they have the same privileges, do surgery, etc.
If I had a longer lasting than 4 hour pain med the lousy little 100mg Neurontin would let me get back to sleep.
You really should have immediately reported the hives! I've only had that with Avelox, and called my PCP immediately. He had me take Benadryl right away. No more Cipro group for me! So sorry you are allergic to ultram! I'm going to ask about
an extended release.
After chiro I'm not going to try acupuncture. The studies I've read indicate it doesn't work in double blind, so I would go in not expecting it to work. I'm right there with you on the allergies and sensitivities, but it's often the additives, especially sulfite. I drive anesthesiologists to distraction because I insist on reading about
anything they want to give me and refuse all sedation. I had trigger finger surgery a month ago and was really glad the surgeon was able to find bupivicaine (long lasting local) that was labeled sulfite-free. Before stomach surgery I brought my own homemade clear liquids because everything hospitals have available is sulfited.
I think you're right about
switching docs. I can hardly wait for my rheumatologist to come back to work!