What's some popular relievers for cp?? I know everyone's different, but what's the most popular?

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   Posted 5/2/2011 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   

What are some popular rx's for cp??  (I'm looking for more non-narcotive type things) I've tried lyrica, celebrex, valium, gabapentin (aka neurontin), not allowed to use ibprofin anymore.....


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   Posted 5/2/2011 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
It depends on too many things-like what type of pain. From your list it sounds like you might have either nerve pain or inflamation causing pain in which case you have tried the most common things.
Tramadol is a non narcotic pain reliever.

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   Posted 5/2/2011 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
This is just too broad of a question for anyone to answer, sorry.
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   Posted 5/2/2011 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry, straydog, I was just wondering what others are taking as I am new to cp.....why does it seem that everything I type is wrong and a moderater is telling me I'm doing something wrong, hmmmm, I'm certainly NOT feeling all the "love" I was promised upon joining this forum!
Blondie37_Fibromyalgia_terrible back of neck/shoulder area pain_degenerative discs_chronic pain for 15 years_new to pain management_can't take ibuprofin due to taking too many_have taken and tried everything from antidepressants to morphine to lyrica to muscle relaxers to xanax to valium to celebrex, etc.

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   Posted 5/2/2011 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are feeling this way Blondie. I would say that most of us here are taking narcotic meds for our

pain. And you have mentioned several of the non narcotic type meds already. You mention that you are

new to pain management. Have you seen the doctor regarding your pain yet. He should be able

to help you out with your chronic pain. I think that's the best route to take for you right now.

Please don't feeling that you are always writing something wrong. Straydog was just looking for a bit more

information to help you. We do care and we do understand that you may not be feeling so well due to

your chronic pain. Please come back and post again. You will see that it is a wonderful place here for


Take care

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   Posted 5/2/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Blondie, I don't remember not one Moderator or member judging you here on this forum. We are here to help and assist members, but in order to do that, it would help if we had a little more background on your health problems. Pain Medications cover a wide area of health problems.

Fibro can certainly be treated with different med's than maybe lower back pain. so it would help if we knew what type of pain related health condition you are suffering from.

I see that you are a fairly new member, and maybe I missed your introduction. Could you please tell us a little about yourself and what your pain is related to?

I do agree wholeheartedly in that the question is very general and we could guess all day long as to what you are seeking for an answer.
Also we do not seek out the so called most popular pain med's when seeking treatment. (narcotic or non-narcotic) I would advise you to visit with you're PM or PCD, who should be familiar with your case history and what would work best for you.

Again, could you be a little more specific in your request and what are you being treated for?


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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 5/4/2011 10:07:28 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/3/2011 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
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

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   Posted 5/3/2011 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Blondie, I am not sure what you are talking about as far as mods telling you that you are doing something wrong here at the forum. We do have forum rules in place set out by the administrator of the forum that we all must follow. And we do ask that all members become familiar with the rules. By having the rules in place it makes rowing the boat in one direction a lot easier.

However, with that being said, again the question you posed about pain medication is just too broad of a question for anyone to answer. I am not trying to be flip. There is not a group of favorites in pain medication that I am aware of, it is not a personal preference thing, its what your drs are willing to rx and what works for the person. Since we all metabolize medications so differently its impossible to tell you what will or will not work for you. CP is a very individual type of illness and treating it works the same way. What may help me have no effect on you at all. It is a matter of finding what works the best for the patient and mostly done by trial and error. Since you are new to CP you have a long road ahead of you and hopefully your PM dr will be able to pinpoint what works the best for you early into the program.

I notice you have Fibro listed in your signature line and can tell you first hand the most of the traditional pain medications will have little effect on your pain, as they tend not to work well on nerve pain. Medications, like Lyrica, Neurotin, Cymbalta and so on have been favorable to many of the Fibro people here at HW. It is a matter of titrating the dosage upwards to get the best benefit. I do hope your dr is able to get you on something soon that gives you some relief.
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   Posted 5/3/2011 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
IMHO there is no such thing as "popular" pain medications. This is because of several factors.

Everyone reacts differently to medications.
Medications may work well on one type of pain but not on another.
Every doctor has their preferences on what pain medications they like to use based on what they are most comfortable and familiar with.

Based on your list of "problem" areas it is doubtful that you are going to find any single medication that is going to work well in controlling all your pain. You are most likely going to need at least 2 different medications if not more.

For example I suffer from back problems and also peripheral neuropathy. I take Cymbalta for the neuropathy and dilaudid for the back pain. Each one works well for me for the type of pain I take them for but do nothing for the other type of pain I suffer from. In fact narcotics, unless I take large amounts of them, do nothing for the neuropathic pain. My wife who has fibro says the same thing. Relatively low doses of narcotics do little to relieve her pain but the Lyrica she takes works well for her.

As straydog pointed out some medications like Cymbalta, Lyrica, Nuerontin (gabepentin) need to be started out at low doses and gradually increased over the course of several weeks or months before you will notice them helping. I don't know your history but many people, including doctors, make the mistake of stopping these meds too quickly because they do not seem to help within a few weeks and/or at the starting dose. Another things about the meds above is that they have a "compounding" effect meaning the longer you take them the better they will work.
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   Posted 5/4/2011 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Although I resisted for years, I just had my first treatment by acupuncture. it was very helpful I have been to dozens of pain doctors, used up to 300mg morphine er daily, and tried everything. I am seeing a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and was very impressed. This is day three I have cut back 1/2 on my morphine as I konw it will take a long time to taper off it, but so far so good, it may be something you should try. I have been told however that it should be done by someone with traditional chinese training, many chiropractors have attempted to add it to thier bag or trticks, and take quick fix courses. A doctor of traditional chinese medicine has five years of study and a much better background. The only down side is that although people claim that they do not really feel the needles I did experience quite a bit of pain in certain areas. In fcat I had to ask the doctor to remove one of the needles from my finger it hurt so much. But today on day three I am in a lot less pain and will be going back Friday for another session.

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   Posted 5/4/2011 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
hey Blondie, i know Straydog was not intentionally coming down on you because i have felt that Straydog has a big heart. i have still not found a good balance myself after 10 years and i almost have a pharmacology degree, minus a year or so. i believe Jim is correct in that you must come at the pain from many directions pharmacologically and things like acupuncture or exercise or massage. i also had my first TCM "traditional Chinese medicine" doctor's treatment recently and i wish i tried it years ago. i also am taking 3 narcotics, soma, hydroxyzine pamoate, Lyrica, amitriptyline, naproxen as needed, dextro-amphetamine, and a Xanax when i spaze out. i may be forgetting a med but i also make sure i get 1-3 grams of omega-3 from fish oil and chia seeds per day, a good multi-vit. + min., 1000mg of calcium/500mg magnesium/400-800IU vit. D, alpha-lipoic acid 600mg, ubiquinol 100mg, Ester-C 2-3 grams, B-complex, GABA, L-Glycine, DL-Phenylalanine, and Taurine, n-acetyl-cysteine, valerian root, lemon balm leaf, and much fiber. all this takes the edge off. being new to CP i understand your situation because i believe only 10% of doctors will help you learn the reasonings behind what is going on with your treatment, plus with the "pill mill" states like Florida getting to be a bigger problem some doctors are becoming scared they may be thrown in jail, with good reason, i knew a doc that died in prison 2 months from his release date, he was a good man and MD. find a good MD or DO that will take a multi-disciplinary approach and with the kind of pain you have opioid meds have the lowest adverse effect profiles and they have some good ones on the market like OPANA ER or KADIAN with others about to be FDA approved like Levorphanol. best wishes to you and if i can help you with anything don't hesitate to ask.

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   Posted 5/4/2011 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forums Blonide. :)

You do have some options when it comes to non narcotic pain relief but just like narcotic relievers, they all have their own set of risks.

Celebrex is commonly prescribed as an NSAID, and has less stomach effects than ibuprofen. This is due to the fact that it has less cox1 side effects, but still affects maintains much of the cox2 effects, which is what helps with inflamation.

Presnidone is a steroidal anti inflammatory that is stranger than ibu, but its generally only safe to use for a short period of time (mainly for flair ups). If its used for an extended period of time, it causes hormonal dependency and can weaken your body's own anti inflammatory effects and make you more susceptible to getting sick as it can also cause immune system issues (again, if used for a shorter period of time, this shouldn't be an issue).

Someone mentioned Tramadol and that can be a good help for Neuropain. It is considered a "mild" narcotic with very weak narcotic activity similiar to darvocet (although its a safer drug). Its main mechanism of action is through the moderately weak serotonin and nor-ephedrine repuptake inhibition, so it acts similiarly to but not exactly the same as an anti depressant. The other alternative is what I use for chronic pain called Tapendatol (Nucynta). It would be considered a low end "moderate narcotic and stronger than tramadol in that respect, but its narcotic activity is weaker than that of percocet and morphine. However, like tramadol it has a second mechanism of action, which is that it is a moderately strong nor-ephedrine reuptake inhibitor but has only minor action on seratonin. Both medications can however cause serotonin syndrome, thought that more common happens with tramadol than tapentadol/nucynta. Both medications are good (for some people atleast) in treating chronic pain as due to their lower opioid action, the body builds tolerance slower.
MRI revealed disc bulge and test injections revealed RA. Radio Freq procedures have decreased the severity of pain by about 1/3rd. currently on 75 mgs of Nucynta (tapentadol) 3 time per day. Works as well as 10 mgs of hydrocodone, less addictive, no tylenol, but schedule II. Also take Alieve OFTEN, much better than Ibu.

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   Posted 5/4/2011 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you spinal soldier, your post helped me a lot as I felt similar to you. I'm sorry to everyone and to straydog....I was having such a bad pain day.....I get SOOOO crabby & sensitive when in pain. I am touched by everyone's responses in spite of my bad attitude post. I am very sensitive even when not in pain so I'm very scared (oooops, my dr told me to STOP saying "scared") I'm very concerned about my cp and the road ahead....I stopped in my dr's office yesterday cuz I was in so much pain (right in the back of my neck where that "point" everyone has in the back of their necks.....that's my MAJOR problem area) I was in tears. I told him the tramadol wasn't helping and asked if I could take a narcotic with the tramadol, he said yes. But, then he said he'd have to send me over to another doctor cuz he gave up his license to write rx's for narcotics (well, I had know idea, so I was a little frustrated). But he did say, he wants me to try tramadol, with .5mg of xanax and 200mg of gabapentin today...I've been doing that and so far so good. But I also went to the other chiropractor in my office that I work in, and he used some sort of machine that broke up all the knots in my neck, so that was wonderful too. (the chiro I work for got ticked that I saw his co-worker...oops).

I don't like narcotics cuz they make me SO crabby (they're effective for pain) but the crabbiness that comes with it, is so not worth it. This dr referred me to another doctor who has an "addictionology" degree (whatever that is) and told me to ask him to try suboxen for me. When I called that dr's office, the receptionist said, yes, he treats cp patients and yes, that suboxen is starting to be used for some people with cp.

So I'm excited cuz, I see some light at end of tunnel, but I'm not gonna get my hopes up. I'll keep ya'll posted.

Thanks again for the love and everyone's care, thanks, too grainofsalt, I related and will persue some of the things you said as well. Thank you "momto8kids" you'd be someone I'd really like to get to know too, sounds like you have lots of experience!


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   Posted 5/5/2011 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the post. I am so happy that you are less unhappy with us moderators! But I know how pain can take you over. We have all been there and know exactly how you feel.

I hope you get your meds squared away and that you are finally out of pain, or at least, have the pain lowered significantly. Please know my prayers are with you.

By the way, I think you are someone I would like to get to know better, so post often, ok?

God bless.

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   Posted 5/5/2011 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Blondie, everyone has bad days and when you have CP with them its just no fun. I am a little concerned with this dr sending you to a dr that rx's Suboxen to a person that is basically just starting down the CP road. Please, please do your homework on this drug and also use our search button here at the forum and look it up. If your new medication regime is working, I would urge you to stay with it before going on Suboxen. I know it can be an excellent medication for some people, it just one of those I would reserve for last resort category. If my memory serves me correctly, a dr has to have a special license to write a script for Suboxen. The degree he is speaking about is someone that is trained to treat people that have or had addiction issues. Please rethink this.

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   Posted 5/5/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Well, I guess the think is though, is I'm looking for something I don't have to be on the rest of my life.  I want to get back to where I was a few years ago where I kept my cp & fm at bay by taking supplements, exercising regularly, eating right, getting enough sleep, and reducing stress.  My regime DOES work, taking 6 - 8 tramadol/day plus 2 -4 xanax, plus gabapentin, but I don't want to take this every day for the rest of my life.  I think my dr thinks that this other dr can give me something, such as suboxen for a temporary treatment so that I can, once again, be free of meds.  I am concerned that I will never be free from meds, cuz, really, even during that 5 year period where I took zero medication, I took over 3,000mg of ibprofin per day.....that's what led me to the dr in the first place.

I welcome your thots and advice, thank you!! 

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   Posted 5/6/2011 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blondie. I understand the desire to be medication free. But if you were taking 3g of ibuprofen a day, that wasn't medication free either. Sometimes it's healthier to be on the prescription medications at lower doses rather than the otc medications at high doses. Since your regime does work, you do want to be careful about changing it up. More than one person has posted to these forums that they tried a switch and then if it didn't work had trouble getting back onto the regime that did.

Did any of your doctors explain why they think suboxone would help you to achieve your goal of being medication free? Suboxone is a drug often used to help people with addictions to narcotics, which is why the addictionologist would have the licenses to dispense it. But I don't know how it could help you to be able to live without medications. It would help if you didn't have a pain need but were addicted to narcotics, but I don't think that's where you are. With continuing pain, I'm not sure how it could help you to be medication free. Then again, I'm not a doctor. It just seems like something to be careful with.

What is this addictionologist's practice like? Is he running a pain clinic or a rehab clinic? That's what I was a little nervous about when I read your post. It's possible it's just me, but I would not want to go to a rehab clinic for pain drug prescriptions. Such a clinic would seem to me to be bent towards under-prescribing. While I think using the smallest effective dose is a good thing, using a non-effective dose isn't. And I would be nervous about being lumped into the addict category from seeing such a doctor. If not from that doctor, then from any doctor who I needed to transfer those records to or looked at my prescription history.

Maybe I'm just being a bit too sensitive about that. And I wouldn't want to discourage you if this is the correct move for you. It just strikes me as a little off and I think you should be careful. I do hope that whatever you end up doing works out the very best for you that it can. Be wary and be well, Blondie.


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   Posted 5/8/2011 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Blondie, concerning your situation, I would have to agree with straydog. Suboxone is not a good choice for pain management unless other narcotics have failed, and even then there are some considerations that really must be carefully weighed.

Please take what I say only with a grain of salt as I may know a lot about the "synthetics" but I'm surely no expert or qualified to give professional advice.

Suboxone was traditionally used as a alternative to methadone for addiction treatment. Methadone tends to have prolonged withdraws, especially at the doses needed to treat an addict (in referring to addict, I'm specifically referring to those that ventured into drug seeking and consumed several times the amount of drugs needed for pain management in order to cause emotional numbing or euphoria. I say this because using prescribed amounts in accordance with doctors can lead to tolerance and withdraw, in which if pain levels receed, a person might need to be weened of through tappering, or in select cases might elect to have their doctor put them on subonex for a short period of time to help with withdraws....this however is not addiction, rather the expect "price to pay" for the pain relief).

Suboxone/Subutex is Buprenorphine. It is dervived from thebaine (the same parent that oxycodone is derived from) and is not a full sythetic, though its properties fall much closer to full sythetics than semi sythetics. It is considered a PARTIAL morphine receptor agonist and not a full one like methadone, hydrocodone, and oxycodone are. Despite being only a partial agonist (therefore sometimes called a partial opioid), Buprenorphine has an exceptionally high affinity for opioid receptors. It binds very tightly to them, far moreso than morphine. HOWEVER, it lacks the efficiency of morphine in its ability to kill pain due to the fact that it only partially "activates" the receptors. The best way to think of it is to consider morphine as a large strong magnet, and bupe to be a very small but extremely strong magnet. The larger magnet does a better job covering the recepot and getting rid of the pain, whereas the very small but powerful magnet might be clung tight but leaves part of the surface uncovered, resulting in reduced efficiency.

For this reason, Bupe remains actively bound to the receptors far longer than traditional opioids. In doing so, these powerful tiny magnets also prevent the opioid receptor sites from being able to recieve molecules from other opioids like hydrocodone or oxycodone. Therefore if you are in extreme pain and the Bupe only partially did the expected job, if a doctor were to give you a shot of morphine, it would be almost ineffective because the receptor sites are blocked by those little Bupe magnets. Supposedly, a single dose can block the receptor sites for 24 hours and repeated doses can block them for about 72 hours. As I had discussed, Bupe does have some pain relieving abilities, but they are more limited compared to stronger opioids. The fact that Bupe binds tightly and for a long period of time "satisfies" the physical craving of an addict by warding off withdraw symptoms, and partially satisfies the mental cravings. The abuser cannot get high until the bupe flushes out so for addiction treatment, it can be a wonderful thing.

There is another thing to consider. Due to limited use in treating chronic pain with Bupe, the effective dose and long term effects are less understood.

There are medications which act very similiar to Bupe like tramadol and tapentadol which stay in the system fro 6 to 8 hours, do not block the receptors (therefore breakthrough pain medication like oxycodone can still be used), and like bupe have multiple mechanism of actions (noradrenaline). Noradrenaline (via norephedrine reuptake) is a secondary action that Bupe has contributing to pain relief. However, when other alternatives like tramadol or its more potent cousin tapentadol are available, it would be far better to try one of those options first.

One other word of warning. Bupe can supposedly cause intense euphoria if a little to much is accidently taken. Keep in mind, its used to ween people off very high doses of opioids. It has to satisfy the craving of the user. The user will likely get no euphoria but someone opioid naive might get sick from the rush. Just food for thought.

Just my grain of salt :)
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   Posted 5/8/2011 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blondee. I take Celebrex, Lexapro and Tramadol for pain. Sometimes I need prednisone, too.

Sorry you felt a bit unwelcome at first. Sometimes people seem to be "short" on the forum, but I think that is because it is the written word. There is no voice inflection or body languate to help clarify the meaning of the words. Most of the people here are caring and helpful.

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   Posted 5/8/2011 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you're right, thank you V, and thank you "grainofsalt" you both encouraged me. I appreciate it and love encouraging others too tongue I think I'll take your advice grain, and ask first if I could try something like oxycontin or vicodin or something for breakthrough pain instead of going completely to suboxen. right now i take tramadol (6 - 8/day) 8 lately cuz I've been in extreme pain due to extreme marital stress. And, my dr wants me to add 2 .5mg of xanax and 2 100mg of gabapentin. It does work very well, I must say. So, I don't.......I may cancel that appt with that "addictionologist" cuz, like that one person replied that I don't want to get a "reputation" for being an addict.

However, I'm afraid of narcotics cuz 5 years ago, my dr had me on Tylenol 3's and vicodins for 10 years and they took away my pain but made me SOOOO crabby! Narcs just DO that to me! I think I'm gonna post a new post asking why and if anyone knows if certain "narcs" don't make you "as crabby'?


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   Posted 5/9/2011 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
i've been trying not to take any painkillers the last month because they make me a miserable person. the catch-22 is that I am nearly as miserable without them. I have no desire to socialize and I do not enjoy it one bit. On the other hand, if I take opiates, I have the desire to hang out and do stuff but when it wears off I am left feeling worse for a WEEK! so 1 day of a bit of relief for 7 days of excruciating mild withdrawal?

Are there any other options for pain that requires a narcotic without this rollercoaster of fluctuating endorphin levels? AHHH I just wish I could find a darn balance!!

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   Posted 5/9/2011 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   

All-Seeing Eye,

have you tried tramadol? (And, I think that's what suboxen is supposed to do, at least that's what that "adictionologist" says)

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   Posted 5/9/2011 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a big believer in a multidisciplinary approach to pain management myself. I take pain meds, and certainly couldn't get through a day without them, but equally I couldn't survive without my adjunctive therapies - my physio, my mindfulness, etc.

As far as pain meds go, I take Oxycontin, Topamax and Mobic (meloxicam - a non-steroidal), then take oxycodone-IR if I need to. I don't find any obvious side effects with the Oxy. My main issue is with the Topamax. I used to be on 50mg twice a day, but we increased to see if a/ I could get better pain relief and b/ get more sleep, but on 75mg twice a day I'm getting horrendous nightmares whenever I do manage to fall asleep.

I've also got my SCS and a baclofen/bupivacaine pump.
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