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   Posted 1/4/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Would some of you like to share what pain meds you are taking on a regular basis for fibro and or arthritis? I cannot take anything that is an anti-inflammatory, since I have stomach problems. I'm now taking Darvocet four times a day and have been for some time. I worry about taking this long term, even thought I have been for years now. I have had issues with high liver enzymes in the past. I've been seeing Lyrica advertised on tv. I just had my annual physical last week, but didn't ask about this med and my doctor didn't suggest it; just wrote a years prescription for Darvocet.

Oh, I'm a new poster. I've learned a lot since I found this forum. Thanx for all your insights.

Post Edited (catcat) : 1/4/2009 9:37:13 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/4/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey catcat and welcome...

no luck with Lyrica and Darv's just gave me a sour stomach.Still looking for a doc that will address the pain issue,2 yrs running so far and no help.I take Goody powders which is a combo of tylenol and asprin,it gives me a 30 min. window of no pain.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just recently diagnosed with Fibro on Dec 18th after severe pain in my wrists,hands, and feet since June. The dr gave me ultracet (tramadol) 3 times a day. I am still working at getting ev erything adjusted. Ive learned a lot from this site. Keep Reading and Keep Learning.
Have a Great Day

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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Can you ask him about darvon instead of darvocet? There isn't any tylenol in it, I think that it has asprin. Or will that bother your stomache?

Just wondering,

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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
getting by, I have blood work coming up later this month (I didn't fast last week, so had to delay that). If my enzymes are high again, I might suggest Darvon. I've taken it before. It doesn't help as much as the darvocet, but if she wants to take me off the darvocet, I'll mention the darvon. I'm reading so many conflicting results about the lyrica, I don't know if I want to try that or not. I'm hoping more people who have tried lyrica will post their experiences here in the next two weeks. Thanx for the suggestion....... :-) Anyone else like to share what they are taking? I don't tell friends or family about my meds for fear of sounding like an addict, but, hey, y'all know how it is.

Post Edited (catcat) : 1/4/2009 3:14:01 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi catcat,
if you read around on the forums, you'll see that the meds seem to vary from person to person as to how they might affect them. Personally, I can't tolerate  vicodin or darvocet but take daily doses of percocet. Can't take aspirin but can take tylenol, can't tolerate motrin (an over the counter NSAID) but can tolerate to a certain degree nambumetone(a prescription NSAID) which I take every other day until my stomach can't stand it and then hold off for a week. I can take Ultram but it's effect was limited on me. You might want to ask your doctor about that one as many here have seemed to have gotten good results with it. Lyrica put me in the hospital after I had an epsiode at work last year that left me disoriented (I literally had no idea where I was and how I got there for a few very frightening minutes and I'm not talking just spaced in the fog kind of thing)and so exhausted that I literally couldn't lift my hands to feed myself. Yeah, so no lyrica for me BUT... a lot of people on here have found that' it's been a miracle drug for them. Would I be willing to try it if I read the above, well considering how much pain I'm in and if I thought I might be one that it would help, yep I would. But then that's just me. I will tell you this also: I just had a conversation with my nephew the other day who is around medical research and he was talking to me about how most drugs are created to match the general population but in reality becuase there are so many variables in our genetic makeup that they really don't know how all of these drugs will affect all of us. Someday they hope to be able to use genetic coding  to better match those variables but in the meantime we're stuck with this sort of trial and error. And in the end what works for me may make you feel wretched or not! I know, not much help..
light and love,

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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Nice to meet yah, Catcat :-)
I just wanted to introduce myself to you as well... My name is Jenna, I am only 21!! I am not right now on any pain meds (only recently diagnosed with Fibro on Dec. 11th). I have tried muscle relaxers and whatnot, like Naproxen and Skelaxin but they didn't seem to do much for me at all!! Lyrica doesn't seem like it is for me though... may be different for you if you look into it!!!
Hope all is well.
Fibromyalgia, Bipolar Disorder, Hallucinations, OCD, Chemical/Noise/Light Sensitivity, Irrational fears

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   Posted 1/4/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
You're responses are all so interesting. I wanted to mention also, about the Darvon; I used to take a Darvon Compound, which contained aspirin instead of acetomenophin and I like that much better, as it didn't cause confusion the way Darvocet does. Also, the compound was such that the aspirin didn't hurt my stomach; I cannot tolerate raw aspirin or an ibuprofen of any kind. But three years ago, I was told they didn't make the Darvon Compound anymore. I don't think my doctor would prescribe anything stronger. I just get a feeling that she disapproves of my meds as it is; I know that sounds silly and maybe it's just me. Does anyone else ever feel that way? Her nurse makes a big deal of all the meds I take and I'm still a little put out by the way she acted last week (the nurse). Thanx for all your input. :)

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   Posted 1/4/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome catcat,

My husband thinks I am on way too many medications, but I don't say anything as long as I get relief. It seems like my Rheumatologist will add new medications when I am hurting, but leaves the others too. Here goes the list:

Hydrocodone(generic for Vicodin)


Gabapentin (generic for Neurontin)



Cyclobenzaprine(generic for Flexeril)

Zolpidem (generic for Ambien)

Clonazepam (generic for Klonopin)

I also take a few others that I didn't list for my allergy/sinus issues and heartburn. The one's I listed are for pain, swelling, & to help me sleep. I tried Lyrica for approx. 3 months, but went off because of the weight gain and not any relief with it. I hope you find something that works for you.


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   Posted 1/4/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Both Lyrica and zanaflex reduce my pain. this has been the best combination for me.


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   Posted 1/5/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome!
I take Lyrica and one dose of it miraculously cured my debilitating headaches. I haven't had any weight gain from it.
I also take Tramadol time-released now. It's WONDERFUL! I take it around 10 am and I don't usually get any pain until the evening when I have mostly stiffness but the pain is tolerable.

I take 5mg of amitriptylene before bed to sleep deeply and it sure helps in that regard.

I hope this is helpful, but everyone is different of course.
I have Fibromyalgia, and nothing else!
I take Lyrica 225 mg/day and Tramadol (150mg time-released)

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   Posted 1/5/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Let's see, I have meloxicam (mobic) for daytime and zanaflex for night. I also got botox injections in trigger points and once I recovered from the horrible flareup the injections caused, I think they are helping.

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   Posted 1/5/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Catcat and welcome to the family. My tummy doesn't allow me to take many pain meds. I take 4000 mg of tylenol a day, 100 mg of amitriptyline at bedtime and 1 1/2 mg of xanax to sleep. I use lidoderm patches on my hands and ribs for pain, they work best on pain that is close to the surface of the skin. I use a TENS unit to disrupt the pain signals to the brain. If you type in TENS unit in the google custom search under the yellow line you should get many threads on it. Moist heat in any form helps baths, showers, moist heating pad, hot tub or rice bags you put in the microwave you can buy them or make them yourself using a long tube sock and uncooked rice and tie a knot in the end. Because of the tylenol I do get my liver enzymes checked every six months.
I got a demerol shot recently for hurt rib and the only thing it did was make me tired for awhile. But at least I didn't break out in hives, have horrible stomach pain or throat didn't swell shut. devil
Many have gotten relief with malic acid/magnesium combo. Of course I can't take it cause of tummy. Read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains a lot of great info.
As questions, read and we are here to help you.
luv and hugs
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