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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/7/2012 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laura,

I actually don't suffer from chronic pain, so this might not be the right forum - however, I'd still really appreciate any advice. Like I mentioned in my first post, I did have a problem with opiate medications after an accident years ago, and therefore have done everything possible to stay away from them for years. Just a few days ago I was forced to take some vicodin for a dental procedure (the pain was unbearable and I resisted taking the meds for about 6 hours until I gave in), at which point I realized that I need to explore alternatives. I'm really just trying to prepare in advance, as I'm sure I'll have times in my life which will require strong pain relief, and I'll need to understand my options.

I'll check with my doctor but I also wanted to get as much feedback online as possible.

Thanks in advance.

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   Posted 2/7/2012 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I just posted a new topic (instead of replying to the existing one). Please delete.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 2/7/2012 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
There are several options that aren't narcotic based when it comes to pain relief. The old over the counter , non steriodal, anti inflammatories do wonders for pain from inflammation ( dental pain is one of those) and taken as directed, they can be the best for that type of pain relief. They also work really well when it comes to any pain that is caused due to inflammation.
As far as other types of pain, lidocaine works for topical pain, some of the old tricyclic anti depressants work really well. Lyrica, gabapentin and several other seizure type of medications work for neuropathic pain and cymbalta has recently been added to that list.
Your doctors are the best sources for ideas to manage pain that may come and offer suggestions for treating it without the use of narcotics. They have many options available to share with you.
Good luck,
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