Pain medication.. Need advice

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by cczub, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. cczub

    cczub New Member

    I've been dealing with FM for around 3 years. Dxed a little over a year ago. I've only had pain meds once and they helped but my doctor didn't like prescribing them to me... I have a new doctor who is treating me for FM and we started out trying to manage my sleep. The trazodone is working for that but I'm starting to have issues dealing with the pain.

    I'm not a person who like pushing pills but I feel there are days that the pain is so high I wish I had something to help reduce it. Yesterday and today I feel like a truck hit me and then backed up over me. Even my ribs hurt when I breathe...

    I have an appointment with my doctor on the 28th and want to ask him about pain meds for days that I have extreme pain. I work full time and am only looking for something for after work so I don't care if it makes me groggy or knocks me out.

    Any reccomendations? I've been on Percocet and Codine before and both work well.
  2. kenzie45230

    kenzie45230 New Member

    I've been dealing with this for years. Finally diagnosed 2003. Currently, my pain med is Ultram/Tramadol. But I don't really think it helps much for pain. It just makes me not care if I have pains. At night, though, I take nortriptylene which helps with both sleeping and pain.
  3. nftimes2

    nftimes2 New Member

    The only problem with percocet and codeine is the tylenol portion. They can't prescribe enough to sufficiently care for your pain without doing damage to your liver with the tylenol. You might want to speak to your doctor about a narcotic that is tylenol free. Something like oxycontin or methadone.
  4. joanng

    joanng New Member

    I used Ultram and Ultracet (tramadol and tramadol with tylenol) when I was first got "sick" and they thought they were treating carpal tunnel (sp?) and it worked for quite awhile. I've used Neurontin, all the narcotic meds with and without tylenol and the fentynal patch. I found a doctor who is very moody but has moments of clarity and is knowledeable about the disease. He isn't afraid to let me try different things so I can keep up the quality of my life. I need to work and I work a lot but I also force myself to do yoga 3-4x a week which helps decrease the pain but when I'm hurting, I need relief. I've had this for almost 6 years now and I think I see an improvement (except when I'm in the midst of a flare of course). I take percoset for pain, zanaflex (muscle relaxer) to relax my muscles at night and valium if I get a spasm (in my shoulders and neck) at work. He also just gave me some sort of nose spray (I'm afraid to even say what it is) for breakthru pain but I'm scared to use it! He's a pain specialist so he knows his stuff but....I've tried methadone but it killed my stomach but I know a lot of people have success with it. I know the percoset is killing my liver so I'm taking supplements (Milk Thistle and Dandelion) to support that but my goal is to stop taking it in the future but I need to be realistic. It works for my and I've tried other things. As long as I have to keeping functioning like a "normal" person, I need relief from the pain. Maybe when I can retire I can go to the gym 7 days a week for the yoga, do massage therapy a couple of times a week and life in a hot tub to relieve the pain but until then... I also take a motrin with seems to help when the flare is really deep in my muscles. Good luck.
  5. cczub

    cczub New Member

    I too don't like any of the pain meds that have Tylenol in them either. I'm not a big drinker but whenever I have to take Tylenol products I stay completly away from alcohol.

    I had been doing aqua therapy but it was killing me. I actually got a gift cert for my b-day for a massage. Haven't had a chance to schedule it. I'm a little concerned because some days you can't even touch me because I'm so sore.

    I'm looking for womething for those days like yesterday and today where I'm on the verge of tears from the pain.

    Thanks for the advice.

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