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Amber Jo
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   Posted 2/3/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that since I have been on oxycotin my pain in the morning is unbearable. It is so bad that I can't hardly walk. I get to the medicine cabinet, take my pills, and an hour later once they kick in I feel NORMAL! The only thing is I really don't want to be dependent on pain meds. I am afraid I may not have a choice. Tomorrow I am going to get up and give it my best shot to not take anything. I really wanted to take pain meds only on my really bad days, but it seems that the pain meds are making my pain worse until I take a pill. Any suggestions on how to not take pain meds everyday? Or am I stuck taking these pain pills forever?
Fibro, Hemiplegic migraines, Seizures, Abnormal Heart rhythms, Sleep apnea..... Trilepital 1200mg, Keppra 1000mg, Ativan 3mg, Klonopin 3mg as needed, Oxycotin 20mg 2x daily, gabapentin 600mg, Altenenol 50mg.

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   Posted 2/3/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Amber Jo, I have Vicodin in my medicine cabinet but have never taken one.  It's just my security blanket.
I use 600 mg. of ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol for my pain.  I take these at different times.  I also take malic acid/magnesium for pain and fatigue.  The info about these is in the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  Lastly, I started taking more vitamis D when blood work showed a deficiency and my pain is better!  So, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these things.  Maybe you can get away from the narcotics. 
Also, keep moving.  If you sit or lay too long, you will be stiff as a board.  There are some good stretching exercises in the Fibro 101 thread.  Walking is another wonderful exercise.
I hope this gives you some ideas.
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   Posted 2/3/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I just read an article about the morning pain we suffer it said to roll out of bed and head straigh to a hot shower after five minutes slowly start turning down the heat until it is so cold that you can not stand it, While the heat makes us feel better and will loosen tight muscles, heat preys on any areas that may be swollen and can make them worse. I have tried tis and it does get me moving alot faster However it takes me a good 1/2 hour to get out of bed when I wake up.

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   Posted 2/3/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I too don't like to be dependent on Narcotics to survive. It's hell when you run out before your next prescription. I tried the holding off for as long as possible, the longest I made it was forty minutes, and that was not fun. The mornings are the absolute worst for me. I heard somewhere that our brain can misconstrue the pain relievers as pain. Something that happens after prolnged use. I didn;t quite understand the exact mechanism, but someh?ow the narcotic triggers the brain to send pain sigbals. Da---- if you do, da---- if you don't. Antone else know anything about this?
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
there are also meds like SSRIs, muscle relaxants (zanaflex) and other nsaids like alleve and voltaren. Fibro hurts and when we do feel relief for a little while it makes it seem worse the next time the pain hits us.

Take care.


Amber Jo
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   Posted 2/5/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken all the nsaid's, and I can't take antidepressents-they make me really depressed. I am allergic to codine, and Vicodin makes me itch so bad I can't sleep. My doctor also started me on Gabapentin at night, hoping in a week or two it will help with the pain. Has this helped anyone? He did mention muscle relaxants, but didn't give me any. Do they help anyone?

Also thank you all for your input. It is nice to feel like I am not alone on some island of pain that no one understands!
Fibro, Hemiplegic migraines, Seizures, Abnormal Heart rhythms, Sleep apnea..... Trilepital 1200mg, Keppra 1000mg, Ativan 3mg, Klonopin 3mg as needed, Oxycotin 20mg 2x daily, gabapentin 600mg, Altenenol 50mg.

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   Posted 2/5/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Tyno, I worked in a Pharmacy as a tech. for a couple of years & do know that you are right.  One of the side affects of some narcotics is it can create pain & you become more dependent on it.  This is not something that the drug companies do, it is just something our bodies do.  You are correct in saying the brain sends signals to the body that there is pain.  It can become kind of a catch 22 situation.  Going off the med for for a few days will reset your brain, so to speak, but this needs to be done under the care of your Doctor.  Our bodies are just so interesting in how they work.  Hope this helps, hugs, Denise

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   Posted 2/5/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Amber Jo: My rheumy has me on gabapentin. We are titrating up right now, and hoping that I will need less and less Ultram (my painkiller) as time goes on, and as we find the right amount of gabapentin. I will be on 900 mg starting tomorrow. I'm hopeful at this point, especially with the idea of lowering my ultram use. It makes me extremely drowsy and I don't get much done when I'm taking the full load of it.

Hope that helps.
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