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chronic low back pain meds

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
:H HI, I am new and you probably have answered this a hundred times, but I have severe lower back pain that I will not let them surgically touch. Have fibro so thats all the docs say if they don't know how to help. well its just your fibro, you will have to learn to live with it. horse pucky! ~X( I am looking for some meds that will work for my chronic pain. Darvocet, ultram (tramadol)are like water, can't do morphine even if they would prescribe it, can't get anyone to give me percoset. Have to have shoulder surgery to loosen tendons due to radiation so will need pain pills to go back to work, and they don't seem to want me to have any. I am afraid I won't get any so I sound like a drug addict to the nurse. suppose to take off 4-6weeks, well have to go back to work in 4 days (no time off). any suggestions on what to ask the doc for? for surgery and chronic pain? thank you!!
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,722
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    Its not clear from your post if you are currently seeing a doctor for you back problem. If so, have you had any diagnostic test and what has the doctor suggested as an action plan?
    Fibromyalgia problems/pains can go hand and hand with disc related pains, but many times the treatments will differ. Both will call for some sort of Physical therapy, but then
    the therapist may take different corrective actions. You indicated that you do not want surgery for your back and I was unclear of you already had or are going to have surgery on your shoulder? What has your doctor said to you in terms of pain medications? I know many doctors who are hesitate to prescribe narcotic pain medications until various tests are done and that the patient is following a plan outlined by their doctor
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  • welcome to the forum :H

    I am sorry you are dealing with pain and work issues. Every person is different when it comes to relieving your pain. It is something You should definetely discuss with your Doctor about.

    There are so many new treatments available today. What worked for you in the past?

    IM sorry you have to go back to work so soon.

    Sorry i couldnt help you more with this but medicine is a touchy subject and i am not a doctor. but you can share your concerns with your doctor about having to go back to work so soon.

    From my personal experience when i couldnt get by, they prescribed me a time released long acting medicine [oxycotin] and percocet or vicodan depended on the pain levels. for break thru pain.

    I hope your doctor helps you get your pain under control. And be careful and take good care of yourself when you go back to work.

    DAWN
  • Grammy, boy, do i know what you mean...i,ve been trying for a year to get meds that work..lower back pain do to being a quad, with failed back surgery last year...pain medicine has changed,,the ball has swamg too far to the right,,things were way to loose before, to tight now..some people need fast acting drugs, nothing else works as good...but for long term treatmeant, you need multi-disiplineary help that only pain specialist know,,p/t,to bio feedback, classes on pain,long term meds...they wont give short actting,,in a few years it will swing back the other way a little , when all the anti-depressants and psyphic drugs take their years on the body,,they will find a pain pill is not as harmful as they think....jpm
  • Some specific exercises can help your back. One is to gently stretch your back muscles. Lie on your back with your knees bent and slowly raise your left knee to your chest. Press your lower back against the floor. Hold for five seconds. Relax and repeat the exercise with your right knee. Do 10 of these exercises for each leg, switching legs.

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  • the Ultram didn't work at all. Just made me itch. But the pain relief was not there!!! Not even down 1 level. I don't like morphine either. It seemed that the long acting didn't work at all but the short acting helped much more. It seems with me the short acting are what works best. I am now on Percocet 10/325's 4x a day. Which next month will have to be raised because the 4 a day are not totally cutting it. I do not get side effects from percocet which is GREAT JUST PAIN RELIEF!
    Now if nobody will prescribe you Percocet I would SUGGEST asking about Norco! There are 3 different levels of Norco just like Vicodin. Norco 5/325, 7.5/325 and 10/325. Vicodin is the same as norco (Hyrdrocodone) HOWEVER there is less Tylenol! Vicodin has 500-550 mg of tylenol and Norco only has 325! If I remember correctly the max dosage on tylenol is 3000-4000 mg per day. Tylenol will tear up my stomache at times so with the norco it never did. I also feel that Norco is more "acceptable" by docs than Percocet! I don't know why this is but it seems like that has been the case for quite a few of my fellow chronic pain friends.
    Also there is dilaudid. It is stronger than morphine BUT that too I didn't feel side effects. Just almost total pain relief. It too is a med that is short acting but lasts longer than norco or percocet. For me anyway.
    Try to remember what you have taken in teh past and write it all down including strengths and dosages. Taht way when you have your apt you can let them know what you have tried and what you have taken. Gosh I remember about 4 yrs ago doc's incuraged patients to let them know what worked and there really was no question. Now-a-day's with RX drug abuse on the rise I feel you cant be as honest unless you want to be "black balled".
    Again all that I have stated above is from MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE ONLY! Tell your doc that you want pain relief, the meds you are/were on didn't work and ask what the options are. Dont be too pushy because then again they may say here are some Tylenol with codines and send you on your way. It is sad that we have to go through this to try to get pain relief. I quit 1 PM place just because the drive was too much for me to handle. But I must say! They are a rare find. I seen them for about a year. Every month it seemed that we changed my long acting meds. And there was no question really. It was a matter of trial and error. But then when I went to an Ortho and showed them my med list that I have tried with the PM the nurse there (who has that better than thou attitude) basically said the only thing that I will let the doc RX you is 4 norco per day. LOL I had talked to the doc and he wanted me at 6 per day and then go down to 4 because my old pm had me taking 8 per day. but of course she told the doc what to do and he listened. She asked if I abused my meds and I asked what gave her that impression. She said because of all the meds that you have been on. I said well the key word was HAD. My PM and I were trying to find a good med mix that would help without feeling loopy. I told her if she thought that I was an addict or abuser that I probably would have stayed on teh oxycotin, methadone, morphine, dilaudid etc etc etc. And of course I no longer go there. Anyway just try to be honest with the doc. Talk to your doc about your meds not the nurse!
  • My pain management doctor I see switched me over to Opana from Oxycontin, I have to say that the reactions aren't bad with Opana as they were with the Oxycontin. Such as getting constipated, drowsiness, etc. I felt more like a real person and not like someone who was in cloud nine all day.
  • We are in same boat as I am also suffering from chronic pain and I tried all the possible ways to out of this problem however they all failed to get my problem resolved.
    Good Luck!
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