16, does anyone know what a good med would be for me?

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   Posted 5/3/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I am on 2 meds right now. One is amitriptilyn (not sure of the spelling). The other is called pregabalin (lyrica). Amitriptylyn is an anti-depressent, it's supposed to help me relax and my stomache relax or something, and the other med is used to help the nerves not send so many messages to my brain or something... Anyway, I have an appointment with the pain team, and I want to suggest another medication,  but I don't know what to suggest. I am 16, and I have severe Ibs pain, gas, bloating. If anyone knew anything that I should try, please suggest it because it could really help.
Thank you very much!

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   Posted 5/8/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
many people take Levisyn which is also called hyosciamine. Some take bentyl as well. Both are anti-spasmodics. Mine helps with cramping and pain. It helps if I take it when the pain starts. If I let it go too far it won't really help much. If you are in enough pain to need Lyrica (which I thought was a pain med) than I am not sure if anti-spasmodics will help much.
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   Posted 5/8/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually Lyrica is for seizures, nerve pain for fibro so it might work for IbS pain. It is somewhat unusual to use for it unless everything else has been tried. Donnatal is also a anti spasmotic.

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   Posted 5/8/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay kiddo, the best thing to do is to talk with your doctor. Your pain management physician will be the best - and really the only - person to determine what medications should be attempted to relieve your pain. I hope for your sake that something starts helping. I know it's so hard to be in pain, especially at such a young age!
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   Posted 5/9/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I have heard that there are some prescription-strength anti-gas meds.  I might ask about them, if over-the-counter ones aren't working. 
There are a lot of anti-spasmodics you could try, but they are very hit or miss.  They either work for you well or not at all.  So if you get one and it doesn't work, try something else (don't give up!). 
I have heard good things about pain managers; I'm sure they will have more ideas than even us! 
BTW, do you have constipation or diarrhea, or just the pain and bloating and gas? 
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