pain killers not working

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   Posted 3/28/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on a number of different pain killers in the year and half I've had crohns.  In the beginning they would work but after a while they would stop working. Now I can try a different pain killer and they dont work from the start.  I just had my second surgery in a week. 7th in all and the doctors keep giving me pain killers that aren't doing anything.  I have started to mix combinations of pain killers in the hopes that I will find something that does work. I know this is not a good idea but what else am i suppose to do.  I cant move otherwise.

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   Posted 3/28/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you talked to your doctors about this? Maybe they would have a suggestion of what to do. It can be dangerous to mix drugs if you don't know if they go together. Be your doctors and try to get them to help you resolve this.

Sorry you're going through so much pain. I hope it gets better soon, and you find a solution.

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12; phenergan, ultram, clonazepam as needed

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   Posted 3/28/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you should ask for a referral to a pain mgmt doctor. Hope you get some relief soon.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 3/28/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I posted this article in the chronic pain forum...but it is applicable here too (especially here).
"Translational pain research: Evaluating analgesic effect in experimental visceral pain models" World J Gastroenterol 2009 January 14; 15(2): 177-181
If you look at the date, this article is very recent . Also they are finding (and it has been shown for quite some time) that visceral pain must and needs to be treated differently. However, given many docs lack of knowledge in the areas of pain relief (beyond the very basics), and to be fair, the wealth and depth of knowledge they have for other minutia, visceral pain is often treated the same way as musculoskeletal pain (if you look there are many article and books even...Peer reviewed, about these differences)...
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   Posted 3/28/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hpe you get the right combo,but I think you should ask Doc about which go together. Mixing meds can be a recipe for bigger problems. I keep trying to tell myself pain means I'm still alive. Sometimes it works, sometimes I am the biggest liar on the planet!
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