Question about pain drugs.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by RedB, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. RedB

    RedB New Member

    I'm curious to know if any of you take pain drugs "when needed", or if everyone has to take them on a continuing basis.

    I'm trying to see if Zanaflex will help me, because most pain pills make me ill. I've tried 2mg of Zanaflex when I have bad pain, and it doesn't help. The doc told me to take as many as 3 a day. Would I zonk myself out if I took two 2mg pills at once? I just tried taking 2 1/2 pills, (3mg) and it seems to be helping some.

    How many of you who take this and other pain drugs take them daily?
  2. epicurean

    epicurean New Member

    I take Zanaflex and Vicoprofen on a as needed basis.I can take 4mg. of Zanaflex up to four times a day-I couldn't imagine not having it here to take.I just am carefull not to take on an empty stomach-except if going to bed-because it will really knock me for a loop!!Some days I only need one in the a.m. to get me moveing-other days I need to take all four,depending on how I feel.
    Between that ,Vicoprofen and my Neurontin I manage quite well.
    Hope this helps!!
    [This Message was Edited on 01/16/2003]
  3. Latina

    Latina New Member

    Hi I take morphine sulfate every 3 hours and I hate it. I have a rare genetic condition called sca-10 that means spino cerrebeller ataxia I have severe pain and the drs have worked with me to find the best possible medication that works.It's the morphine that works for me
    I have other conditions also. Spinal stenosis, arthritis,
    Seizures asthma osteoporsis and broke my hip twice I am in a wheel chair,Full time I hate it I am only 34 years old,
    Latina
  4. Latina

    Latina New Member

    Hi I take morphine sulfate every 3 hours and I hate it. I have a rare genetic condition called sca-10 that means spino cerrebeller ataxia I have severe pain and the drs have worked with me to find the best possible medication that works.It's the morphine that works for me
    I have other conditions also. Spinal stenosis, arthritis,
    Seizures asthma osteoporsis and broke my hip twice I am in a wheel chair,Full time I hate it I am only 34 years old,
    Latina
  5. Latina

    Latina New Member

    Hi I take morphine sulfate every 3 hours and I hate it. I have a rare genetic condition called sca-10 that means spino cerrebeller ataxia I have severe pain and the drs have worked with me to find the best possible medication that works.It's the morphine that works for me
    I have other conditions also. Spinal stenosis, arthritis,
    Seizures asthma osteoporsis and broke my hip twice I am in a wheel chair,Full time I hate it I am only 34 years old,
    Latina
  6. Latina

    Latina New Member

    Hi I take morphine sulfate every 3 hours and I hate it. I have a rare genetic condition called sca-10 that means spino cerrebeller ataxia I have severe pain and the drs have worked with me to find the best possible medication that works.It's the morphine that works for me
    I have other conditions also. Spinal stenosis, arthritis,
    Seizures asthma osteoporsis and broke my hip twice I am in a wheel chair,Full time I hate it I am only 34 years old,
    Latina
  7. Latina

    Latina New Member

    Hi I take morphine sulfate every 3 hours and I hate it. I have a rare genetic condition called sca-10 that means spino cerrebeller ataxia I have severe pain and the drs have worked with me to find the best possible medication that works.It's the morphine that works for me
    I have other conditions also. Spinal stenosis, arthritis,
    Seizures asthma osteoporsis and broke my hip twice I am in a wheel chair,Full time I hate it I am only 34 years old,
    Latina
  8. Latina

    Latina New Member

    Hi I take morphine sulfate every 3 hours and I hate it. I have a rare genetic condition called sca-10 that means spino cerrebeller ataxia I have severe pain and the drs have worked with me to find the best possible medication that works.It's the morphine that works for me
    I have other conditions also. Spinal stenosis, arthritis,
    Seizures asthma osteoporsis and broke my hip twice I am in a wheel chair,Full time I hate it I am only 34 years old,
    Latina
  9. Latina

    Latina New Member

    Hi I take morphine sulfate every 3 hours and I hate it. I have a rare genetic condition called sca-10 that means spino cerrebeller ataxia I have severe pain and the drs have worked with me to find the best possible medication that works.It's the morphine that works for me
    I have other conditions also. Spinal stenosis, arthritis,
    Seizures asthma osteoporsis and broke my hip twice I am in a wheel chair,Full time I hate it I am only 34 years old,
    Latina
  10. Latina

    Latina New Member

    Hi I take morphine sulfate every 3 hours and I hate it. I have a rare genetic condition called sca-10 that means spino cerrebeller ataxia I have severe pain and the drs have worked with me to find the best possible medication that works.It's the morphine that works for me
    I have other conditions also. Spinal stenosis, arthritis,
    Seizures asthma osteoporsis and broke my hip twice I am in a wheel chair,Full time I hate it I am only 34 years old,
    Latina
  11. karen55

    karen55 New Member

    is a muscle relaxer. I take 8 mg at night with 10 mg Elavil for sleep. During the day I take Soma and Lortab. I take them every morning, because I've found that if I let the pain get away from me early on during the day, it takes forever to get it under control again. So on a good day I'm taking Soma & Lortab after I get to work, and once again in the mid afternoon. On bad days, it's 4 x/day.
    [This Message was Edited on 01/16/2003]
  12. mariac2000

    mariac2000 New Member

    The idea being increase the dosage 2mg per week so it would not zonk you out, and untill you could tolerate it am, noon, and pm. I was doing really well at 4mgs 3x per day, almost no pain meds needed when he abruptly, and by phone through his receptionist stopped it. Many calls to him to find out why have not been returned. But you should ask your Dr about it because it has been cited as successful in The Fibromyalgia Advocate, A copy of which I could E mail to you on request. My E mail is mariacrichards@yahoo.com if you are interested.

    Good Luck,

    Maria
  13. vickiveil

    vickiveil New Member

    I have struggled with fibro for about 5 years now.
    Recently my doc placed me on Oxy Contin.
    I had heard SO many good things about it helping
    I couldn't wait to get started.
    (I am at that point where I know I will have some level of pain daily. But if something...anything takes me from a pain level of 8 down to even a 6 I get happy!)
    So...I started with 10mg's 3 times a day.
    Didn't help.
    I then went to 20MGs 2 times a day.
    Now this aided in the pain but I had some pretty strange side effects. I am wondering if anyone else exhibited these things with the oxycontin.
    Shortness of breath
    (I do have asthma but SELDOM have to use anything for it)
    It seemed after I started to take the higher dose of oxy, I was REALLY short of breath.
    Then I also had hot flashes.
    Where I seemed to blush and become flushed.
    Plus, I seemed very tired.
    Darn those side effects!
    I will look forward to responses =)
  14. oregoncoyote

    oregoncoyote New Member

    I was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor 15 years ago,had it removed but still have nerve damage plus fibro. Have been on Vicodin for 14 years and then the pain specialist put me on Oxycontin. Wish I could afford to stay on it. It's great. I am on Methadone now which is almost as good. I am having great luck with it. 10mgs 4 times a day. Anyway-all the narcotics I have taken have given me hot flashes-some worse than others. It seems to be the nature of the beast. The hot flashes are worse with Methadone than with the others but I had to go off Vicodin because my doctor was afraid of liver damage from the acetimenophen because I had been on it so long. Also-a warning-my husband has post polio syndrome and has been on Vioxx for about six months. He just spent nearly a week in the hospital trying to get his stomach straight and now will be on a bland ulcer type diet for the rest of his life-doctor says even thought post polio syndrome does cause digestive track problems, much the current problems were caused by the Vioxx. Anyone on this or anything similar--please be careful. Good days to all-oregoncoyote