Another RFA tomorrow - Wish me luck, please!

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   Posted 3/26/2012 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Well tomorrow is another RFA.  The others (with exception of the last one six months ago) have been a Godsend...that is after the three weeks of intense pain while the nerves burn themselves out rolleyes .  I am so hoping this one will go well.  I could sure use a positve experience for a change.  I just can't seem to get ahead with the med changes and things like that.
I'm also going to be discussing the problems I had with the baclofen (and taking the bottle back in to him).  Although I don't mind giving up meds that I cannot take (if nothing else but to prove that I am not seeking meds), I really hate to keep paying co-pays for meds and having to give the bottle to the Dr when they don't work.  The Soma worked sooooo well for me, but wham, the Dr changed everyone to baclofen and it made me so sick.  Even though I did research and followed the manufacturer's recommendation instead of just starting out on the higher dose the Dr scripted (without directions or information at all, by the way) made me very dizzy, sick to my stomach, constipated horribly, and even caused hallucinations that I can clearly see now.  At the time, I just felt very strange and knew I was "high" on the medication but felt HORRIBLE.  Then when I finally got the nurse, she told me to stop taking it and that I couldn't take the Soma I had left until I talked to the Dr tomorrow.  Basically I think I went through some withdrawals, but she did not think I was.  I was taking 350 mg 4 x daily and had been taking that dose for quite a while.  It was a real shock to my system.
I was also hoping to discuss a long acting medication tomorrow, but now I'm afraid to make anymore changes (except adding my Soma back) but I don't think he's going to agree to that.
So, I ask all of my friends here to wish me luck for tomorrow for the pain of the RFA and I really hope that it helps.  I'd also love to get my meds stabalized again!
Thanks everyone!

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   Posted 3/26/2012 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Were you taking 350mg of the baclofen? I take 10mg 3xday. The highest I've heard someone taking was 30mg 3xday.

Hope the RFA goes well & works.

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   Posted 3/26/2012 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I may have written that incorrectly....sorry. I was taking 350 mg of Soma 4x daily. The Baclofen was 10mg 3x daily.
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   Posted 3/26/2012 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Retired Mom,

Good luck with the appointment.

If you haven't tried other muscle relaxants here are some more to consider: skelaxtin, flexeril, zanaflex, etc.. maybe your doctor will have you give one of those a try.

Personally, baclofen has been the only muscle relaxant (other than valium) that doesn't put me to sleep or make me feel HORRIBLE, but it also makes me too cloudy to work.

I also wanted to mention the generic Xanax ER my wife takes. It is made by "Greenstone" and has an R on one side and an 83 on the other (per your other post).

I think I mentioned before that my wife has found that some generics don't work for her but the above does.

Oh, if you didn't read my last post to your thread from about a week ago, I saw my PM on Wednesday and I've agreed to increase my hydrocodone. You asked that I provide an update after the appointment. So, I'm now on 300mg Ultram ER and 30mg of hydrocodone daily (15mgx2 meaningfully effective).
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Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg & 2-3x 10mg Hydrocodone daily. Oxycodone 10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

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   Posted 3/26/2012 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey.... Just a note to wish you luck w/ your RF tomorrow. I'm hoping this one goes well for you!!

Re: your soma/baclofen thing.... It's so frustrating when a med that is working well gets changed. I've been on every muscle relaxer - and soma is the only one that works for me - I mean really helps relieve the pain - yet doesn't cause me to be so drowsy that I can't function, etc. I take 350mg 4x/day.... 3x during the day - and an occasional one in the middle of the night.

Anyway good luck w/ everything... and w/ figuring out about your meds.

Take care, Tina
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   Posted 3/26/2012 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Many well wishes to you..Hope the RF procedure helps you....
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   Posted 3/26/2012 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your RFA. Sure hope it brings you some relief.

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