Anyone take a stimulant?

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Backpain Sara
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   Posted 4/26/2011 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm new here and I have chronic back pain and sciatica in one leg and disabled from work for 3 years. I'm on 2 anti-depressants but find I have no energy at all during the day. I try and walk daily when the weather is nice but can't seem to do anything with this chronic pain. I already had blood work for thyroid, mono and vit B12 but everything is normal. Has anyone been prescribed a stimulant to help you get some energy to do things? How did you bring this up with your Doctor? Thanks. Sara
Chronic back and leg pain. Degenerative disc disease

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/26/2011 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   

 

       Good morning Backpain!

            Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum!

               Many of us suffer from back pain, and understand what you're going through, and it can be a real drag on the emotions as well as the body. It looks like you're on anti-depressants, and I see that you have been checked for other types of problems with blood work. One thing many of the members here have had checked as well, is Viatimin D. Have you had this checked?

        If you don't mind me asking, have you had any corrective surgery or other treatments for you're back problems? Maybe an epidural? I also see that you walk, but are you doing any PT to strengthen your back muscles?

        I'm at a loss for an oral stimulant suggestion, but I'm sure some of the other members will be along to help with you're question.

     Again, Welcome!

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Chartreux
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   Posted 4/26/2011 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in lots of foods and mostly coffee and soda, but
chocolate has caffeine in it as well...
My suggestion would be to try some green tea, green tea has natural caffeine in it, maybe
try this before trying any type of stimulants out there and make sure to let your doctor know
your having this type of trouble, as it could be a reaction from a pain medicine...
Hope you can get a low pain day soon...
well wishes
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spinal soldier
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   Posted 4/26/2011 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
i take Adderall "mix of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ions" first thing in the morning and a cup of coffee. i am zoned out with the medication mix i am on if i do not take some type of wakefulness promoting thing. i am Rx'ed 20mg 2 times a day; am and 2-3pm but i usually only take it in the morning. i know it also contributes to the control of my pain. it shares some effects with any norepineprine-reuptake inhibitor or NDRIs (dopamine) like bupropion (Wellbutrin) or Effexor"SNRI" or Cymbalta"SNRI". Provigil or modafinil is a NRI or a NDRI or maybe SNDRI. i would probably take the Provigil if not for the costs because it is a smoother wakefulness once it gets going, Adderall is pretty smooth and steady as stimulants go. for a while i took Wellbutrin and Adderall with a Gabatril at bedtime and i had no adverse effects and it was effective. some pain doctors like using Ritalin but i am not a big fan of the feeling i get. it is not uncommon so i would just come right out and ask what your doctor thinks. i drink 3-4 cups of green tea per day. a amino acid discovered in green tea that is popular now is called L-theanine and it gives you a state of calm alertness. another new supplement from Japan is called PharmaGABA now made by Natural Factors has been studied in addition with caffeine for ADD/ADHD with good results. Ginseng, (Chinese, American, or "Siberian" although a different genus) works and is very safe. Ubiquinol form of CoQ10 is absorbed 100% and aids cellular power production, with DMG "dimethylglicine". B-complex, Inositol/Choline, L-tyrosine or n-acetl-L-tyrosine, DLPA"DL-phenylalanine". yerba-mate, Malic acid, Aromatherapy with 100 % pure essential pine, balsam fir, or rosemary oil.

purplereading
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   Posted 4/26/2011 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted a article on intractable pain a few months back, actually a link to read how one of the experts treats it, and he recommends a stimulant for all people in chronic pain on opiate management. To counteract the side effects of sedation, etc. of the pain meds. I will try to find where it is.

Backpain Sara
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   Posted 4/26/2011 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. Sara
Chronic back and leg pain. Degenerative disc disease for 3 years and unable to work since injuring my back. EMG/nerve test shows peroneal sciatic nerve is being irritated from L4-L5 disc area. Meds-Oxycontin, Cymbalta, lyrica, flexeril,Wellbutrin, Oxazepam for sleep. TX-facet joint, trigger point, nerve block and epidural injections every year x 3 years with temporary relief only. Did PT.
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