Posted 9/14/2013 12:29 AM (GMT -6)
( I posted this message in the anxiety board as I'd like to talk to people about both conditions. I hope that was okay to do.)
I've been a lurker of the boards for a couple of weeks and finally decided to join already! :)
My name is Jess, I'm 26 years old and a full time writer. I had my first book published in 2009 and now have 18 books for tweens on shelves. I have three very lovely adopted kittens and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I'm a former equestrian but had to stop due to a spinal fusion for scoliosis 13 years ago.
I'm seeking support on two boards, actually. Anxiety and chronic pain. I have GAD and have been on Celexa and Xanax for about 3 years. I also have golfer's elbow from typing 8-10 hours a day six days a week. I just began seeing a new pain management doctor who prescribed me Nuycenta. I read the locked post about Nucynta and wanted to ask if anyone is taking it with Celexa and/or Xanax.
I read on the old post that Nucynta caused anxiety in people. This is concerning me as I've *just* gotten a handle on my anxiety with the right meds. The last thing I want to do is upset that balance. I went through emotional abuse during my childhood and was not able to seek treatment until I was in my early twenties.
I've been on 75 mgs of Nucynta 4x a day for about a week now.
In the past, I've taken dilaudid, oxy, and Vicodin before for my elbow pain. MRIs have ruled out any damage to my elbow, so that's good news. Since I'm new to Nucynta, I realized that 75 mgs at a time is not enough. So I'm taking 2 75 mg pills at once for pain. However, it seems to wear off within four to six hours.
My pain level is at a steady 6 while I work and it is brought down to a 3 when I take Nuycenta. After a day on the computer, though, I take my daily allotment of Nuycenta and then spend the rest of the day/evening/night in pain from working and no medication left to take.
I also just started Lyrica and am taking 75 mgs 2x a day. I've been on it for 10 days. It definitely helps my immediate pain but wears off fairly fast.
I wondered about Nuycenta ER and if anyone is/has used it and what your thoughts were on it.
I would like to ask my pain management doctor to up my Lyrica and Nucynta dose, but I'm afraid. I live in NYC and there has been, as I'm sure you all know, a huge crack down on pain rx and doctors here are reluctant to even give naproxen.
One more question: my doctor mentioned an injection of Lydocaine. I am TERRIFIED of needles and do not want this procedure. I read about Lydocaine patches. Has anyone tried those?
Thank you so much for reading. These boards seem like the perfect space to learn and share knowledge. :)
It's so nice to "meet" all of you!