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Medications that work for chronic pain?

Started by Lizbeth on 03/21/2011 9:57pm

Hello!! I had a Cervical Discectomy with fusion at my C6/C7 in 2009. I had a lot of trouble healing and getting bone to grow. Now 3 years and many doctors later I am still in pain and have been told it's generalized pain. It is in my neck down to a very sore triceps and constant pain in my shoulder blade. I have been told it will be a lifelong struggle and medication therapy may be my only option. BUT most of it makes me sick. Percoet, Morphine, Opana...the only thing that doesn't is Vicodin but it is not strong enough to ease any pain for me. Does anyone have any suggestions or have an intolerance for medications like me that is on something that actually works? Before you say it, I have been on synthetics of most that make me sick since they can try and "clean" it up and try and resolve some side-effects.

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Hi Lizbeth,

I also cannot tolerate most pain meds without becoming nauseous and zombie-like. I did have some positive result with hydrocodeine but only if I took one tablet about every four hours with food. For some reason the valium I took when I had my MRI worked, too. Personally, now I've reduced that to only one Aleve every 8 hours with food along with icing my foot and leg pain due to an L4-L5 herniated disc that is compressing a nerve. I may also look into valium again but I'm nervous about becoming addiced. Have you tried a nerve block? I didn't find it helpful but I know others have.

Shari

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Hi! I had a spinal fusion on my C5/C6 replacing with plastic disc Aug. 2010. Have alot of other issues with other areas of my back but this was the most urgent due to nerve damage. I have been on some really strong meds, like Oxycodone with a short term release and also the long term release. I have been taking muscle relaxers along with Anti-inflammatory meds. To be quite honest, I am in chronic pain just about 24/7. Of course I now have tolerance to the meds so they don't even work like they used to. I just had a new MRI and will be going back to surgeons next week. I have found with this chronic pain I have become very depressed and have lots of anxiety. They prescribed me Klonopin or Clonazepam which is suppose to help with anxiety therefore hoping to release the tightness I feel all in my neck and shoulder areas and it has helped. You could ask your doctor possibly about taking this drug which should not make you sick. All the other stuff I have taken also like Morphine, Opana, hydrocodone, etc, but those are narcotics. Hope this may help you. :-)

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Dear Lizbeth and others,

I too am wondering if there is anything out there for my pain. I had T9-10 discectomy (endoscopic so small incision from the back). Prior to surgery, I tolerated daily pain that wrapped around my bra line (just below) like a band and also nausea for nearly a year. It was getting so OLD that I sought out surgical intervention. I used a dilaudid drip in the hospital and then oral dilaudid alternating with vicodin for several weeks following surgery.

My surgeon also prescribed Tramadol (Ultram) which is supposedly non-narcotic, non-addicting, non-drowsy medication. HOWEVER I am finding after being on this wonderful stuff for 2 months now & being able to return to work on it, that it is VERY DIFFICULT to wean off of. (I started a thread about this asking for feedback from others). I would caution anybody trying this med to be aware that you might become addicted. It is a good drug for other reasons. It is not psychologically addictive, but the body becomes physically addicted. Plan a LONG WEANING time off and as long as you don't have an addictive personality, you might do well on it.

What I have found helpful for my neck pain (no surgery there yet but there is encroachment at C6-7 and initially had pain down my left arm) are three things: chiro massage, heat, and epidural shots. I hated the shot (the pain doctor touched my spinal cord!) but it did later decrease the severity. I should go back for another shot or two but can't bring myself to that. Don't let a chiro do wild manipulations (one did that to me once and I was worse for 2 wks) but my reg chiro does a deep massage and loosens me for a few days. Traction helped initially after the car accident (over a yr ago).

Hope some of this helps even if it is in an odd way.

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Hi! Have you tried any prescription pain med patches? Sometimes this is better because they are transdermal and don't have to go through your stomach. They are really strong like the morphine, oxycodone,etc. It's just a suggestion...I know people that have used them and have good luck with them. I can take pills so I have not tried it. I hope this helps. Jill

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Hi Lizbeth,
Sorry to hear of your chronic pain. Have you educated yourself on "chronic pain" and adjuctant therapies such as bio feed back, meditation, pacing out your activities on the days you can move? Has your physician tried you on cymbalta? I started it 6 months ago, still require opiates 2-3 times per day. Cymbalta is suttle, but if your like me,... you appreciate any relief.
There are also implantable nerve stimulators and pain pumps. Before I would have an implantable device, I would have another evaluation. I suffered for 7 years prior to finding my current neurosurgeon, he only does spines. You may be labeled as someone who jumps from one doctor to another, but its your life and your pain. You have to find a physician that "knows" and also has the communication skills to educate you. I have had two -2 level lumbar fussions. Due to the length of time I spent with my nerves compressed, they are now damaged and I will always have pseudocladication or leg pain. It's a very difficult thing to come to terms with the fact that your back will never be the same. Best advice I was given was to find something within your activity level that you are passionate about. Sometimes this may mean just looking at pictures or daydreaming about it. Anything you can do to keep from going crazy from all the changes (destruction) of your life is very important, otherwise life won't be worth living. Make the pain go with you through your life, don't let it drag you through your life.

Best of luck

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