I must have missed your introduction, too - but, whatever the case - welcome to the board. I'm sorry you are dealing with chronic pain....but I do promise you - if you give it a chance - you'll find lots of encouragement and support on this board. I don't know what experiences you've had so far - but the members and moderators really do give of their time and energy to help others.... so I'm hoping you'll be able to feel the love that really does exist here!
Many of us post what we are taking on our signature line. I'll include mine here on this post so you can see what I'm on. However, these are not "starter" meds... it took many, many years of trial/error to get to this combo of meds for me. And I do have many health issues, on top of some severe pain issues.
I guess that's what really was being said to you. There are too many "variables" to just "list" out medications. It depends on what you are treating. There are many different kinds of pain - nerve pain; disc problems; muscular problems; joint pain; migraines; etc etc. Meds can include narcotics, non-narcotics, mucle relaxers, nerve meds and on the list goes. So, can you understand how it was a really "broad" question that was asked? I don't think anyone meant any negativity in saying that. We just need more info to help you effectively.
In addition to medication - there are many other means of treatment for chronic pain - from physical therapy; injections - cortisone/other steroids; trigger point injections; etc... There are lidoderm patches. There are nerve blocks. Have you tried anything along these lines??
Have you actually seen a PM doctor yet? What has been recommended for you? That's where I would start. I would share to your doctor what you've tried that has worked/hasn't worked. Write down all of your symptoms. Be assertive and let the doctor know your main concerns and that you are want a better quality of life.
I share some of your diagnosis, per your signature line - fibro; DDD; cervical/thoracic back issues... on top of many other things. It's all about trial/error w/ medications. It can take awhile to find the "right" combo of drugs. Try not to get discouraged. Again, it took me many years - and I thought I'd never get it "right".
Anyway, again - welcome to the board and I'll hope you'll continue to post and share more about yourself. Really, the majority of us don't pass judgement on anyone here. It's just we sometimes need more information to help someone effectively. Also, please realize we are all suffering from major pain/health issues ourselves....and we are really trying to give our time to help others. I hope you'll continue to give us a chance and see the great people that DO exist on this board.
Take care of yourself - and hope to hear more about you. --Tina
Post Edited (Momto8kids) : 5/3/2011 9:27:21 AM (GMT-6)