vicodin...I need something better?any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by fieldmouse, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. fieldmouse

    fieldmouse New Member

    My doc will only give me vicidon for pain. I take lyrica and cymbalta but I keep telling her that the vicodin just doesn't help much. gives me a couple hours relief but I have to take 2 tabs two times a day just to get by. There has to be something better out there.....I am just so frustrated today. Thanks for listening....Mick!!
  2. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    I take the percocet(generic), and find it usually works great, but not tonight. I have a migraine that I can't get rid of!!! I agree our bodies get used to what ever, and was hoping doc would switch me next time. Someone mentioned one the other day to me. I think it started with an 'E', and had lots of codiene with no caffiene. Good Luck, Laura
  3. fieldmouse

    fieldmouse New Member

    Thanks for your replies. I also have had a bad headaches all week. I think maybe you both have a point. Maybe the vicodin is just not working. I will ask her about perkoset.I hope she will at least let me try it. Thanks so much for all your help...~hugs~ Mick!!
  4. fieldmouse

    fieldmouse New Member

    Is thats what is in perkoset??(can't spell)Thanks Mick!!
  5. Kryssie

    Kryssie New Member

    Norco has the same ingredients. Different brand name.
    [This Message was Edited on 11/09/2006]
  6. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I am not sure what Lyrica and Cymbalta are, but have you tries muscle relaxants like Soma? Soma is great to help muscle aches.

    Even taking 1/2 when you are aching helps. If you feel tired, a small amt of coffee helps.

    You might consider trying to find a pain specialist who is willing to try combinations of different drugs.

    I see a excellent pain specialist but his practice if very demanding. I have seen him for three years and he also treated my mother who has degenerative disc disease.

    At one time he had my mother on a combination of Lortabs, Neurontin, Low Dose Prednisone, and Darvocette for breakthrough pain and Durgesic pain patches.

    When I first saw him I was on MS Contin. If you can tolerate it, you will have NO pain, however there were alot of side effects for me. MS Contin is morphine with all the side effects. Many people here take it and do very well. The other similar drug is Oxycontin.

    Some doctors are reluctant to prescribe MS Contin but many do believe in helping you have a good quality of life and will give it to you.

    I was on it for 9 months, pain free. When I stopped MS Contin I transitioned to Subutex to avoid withdrawals. I stayed on Subutex because it also controls pain. It has been over a year and I am doing well. I believe taking the MS Contin stopped the pain and helped my body to recover.

    There are alot of tools doctors can use to treat pain. Perhaps if your current doctor is unwilling to try other drugs, you can consult with others.

  7. pamlamb

    pamlamb New Member

    I was reading all this and I have a huge personal issue with
    Drs. I can not find a Dr who will prescribe any pain meds. I am humiliated and very depressed from this. I am 52. I have had migraines all my life. I have had pain meds all my life without any problems. A few years ago I went to a pain clinic where I tried various things, I peed in a cup now @ then and brought in what I didn't use that month, and watched them flush them down a toliet. When I left there My Dr said to talk w/primary doc to refil rx's, and no one will! I have 18 month of documentation that I never ever had any problems abusing my meds, and now at 52, I am being pdenied any help, and if I plead my case, I just look like any other addict! I have a lot of pain, migraines and usual daily fibro stuff. Usually 2-3 wks of bad migraines, the 2 wks of almost no headaches. Im going on and on but there is no one out there who cares or wants to hear this stuff. Even my family looks at me suspiciously. You know the thing about even when your not guilty you look it, and my desperation says to everyone that "I'm desperate" ya know?
    Please, if anyone has an idea, the only thing my Dr says is to go to another pain clinic, and recieve months of therapy again just so I can have some pain relief. I'm very pasionate about this I know, but it is very hurtful to be treated like this when I have been just the opposite of addicted. I want to cry, I want to yell, and sometimes I think of hurting(cutting) myself so I can have a few less "headaches" down the line. No, I have never ever done that in all my years, but I've never felt so desperate and alone, with nothing to fight my pain with. What I do is take lunesta and go to bed, hoping to sleep it off, or go to the ER if that dosen't work, feeling like a junkie looking for a fix. Feildmouse, good luck with your DR, maybe telling him or her how you feel will help. Thanks for lreading my feelings all pouring out, and I will let you know if I figure anything out. Pamlamb
  8. alicej

    alicej New Member

    Yes there are natural products which treat the source of the pain. I have had Fibromyalgia for over 20 years and I have finally found relief. There actually is help.
  9. rachel432

    rachel432 New Member

    percocet isn't really stronget then vicodin, but it is a different narc so you may not have a tolerance to it yet. two meds that really are stronger but your dr. may hesitate to prescibe them are oral dilaudid and roxanol, oral liquid morphine. they work well but your dr really may not be comfortable prescribing them.

    i hope this helps.
  10. fieldmouse

    fieldmouse New Member

    I really know how you feel. I have only been going thru all of this for a couple years but I feel your pain. I live in a very small town. Finding a doc is far and few between. Finding a pain clinic is impossible.I would have to drive 100 miles to get to a pain clinic and even that won't help because none of them are taking new patients. I have tried so many ways to find help but after awhile I just feel like giving up. The other day my PCP told me that I just need to realize that I have FM/CFS and I just need to live with it. She will only give me vicodin no matter how bad I feel. I found a new doc that specializes in Fm but he is 300 miles away. I really liked him on my first visit but I don't know if he will give me anything for pain either. I have a call into hom and I am waiting for a call back. We will see how it goes.Wish me luck!! Thanks for listening ~hugs~ Mick!!
  11. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    If you are truly that desperate, you can contact my doctor here in California. He sees patients from all over the world for pain treatment and truly believes in the quality of your life.

    He has patients in Canada, and states other than California. He was the director of the pain institute at Little Company of Mary Hosp. in Torrance CA for years.

    His name is Dr. Rick Chavez, located in Redondo Beach, CA
    Phone 310 798-1633. You can talk to Lynette (the doctors wife) and say Carol one of Dr.'s patients referred you.

    I have told the doctor many times about the immunesupport board and how people here suffer from a lack of proper treatment for pain.

    He is truly the most compassionate, caring, professional doctor I have met.

    Good Luck...
    [This Message was Edited on 11/10/2006]
  12. paigeh

    paigeh New Member

    I'm sorry that you're going through such pain. I've had FMS for three years. In the beginning Ultracet (Tramadol) worked just fine. When I had flares and migraines, I would need something stronger.

    For a migraine, an oldie but goodie, is Fiorcet. My family doc prescribed it. It has phenobarbital (a barbituate), caffeine and tylenol in it. It's supposed to open the arteries (caffeine) and relax the tension that causes the migraine (barbituate).

    Last year's flare up of pain had my doctor prescribe Vicoprofen. It's stronger than Vicodin which has tylenol. Vicoprofen has Ibuprofen and is 7.5 mg. narcotic rather than 5 mg.

    Here's a note about pain management. I went to a pain management doctor who was really just an anesthesiologist in disguise. This apparently is a new field and their approach is to inject you with various types of injections. He told me FMS was a "waste basket diagnosis" and very reluctantely prescribed me with Vicodin. I had to sign a contract which made me feel like a junkie. He convinced me to have facet joint injections to my back which only eased the pain for a month. He then discharged me, shrugging off my fibro complaints, saying that he had done all he can do. In my opinion, he was a poor doctor with his own agenda: bill my insurance for the injections and send me on my no-so-merry way.

    My point is this: Doctor shop. Don't stop until you find one that believes in your pain and is willing to do something about it.

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