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What kind of pain meds do you take? How much?

JoyJJoy Posts: 560
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Pain Medications
I'm curious as to what pain meds others are on and how much they take. I currently take Noco 7.5/325, one tablet every 4-6 hours, flexeril 2x a day, and neurotin 3 x a day (total of 900 mg/day. What gives you better pain relief?
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  • Yesterday I felt well, so I only took tylenol in the AM-and one hydrocodone 5/350 and 5 mg valium at night. I went shopping with husband for the first time yesterday and probably over did it. Today I woke up and took 5 mg valium and 1 hydrocodone first thing in AM and another valium 8 hours later due to muscle spasms. I'll take another hyrdocodone tonight before bedtime so I don't wake up in the middle of the night with pain. I was given gabapentin 300mg for nerve pain but I don't think I'll take it since the pain is getting better each day. But I know many people have a relaspe around the 2 to 4 week level so it's good to have it just in case.

    I wonder if people have relaspes because they do too much to fast? I know what some folks mean about being stir crazy after 2 weeks -I almost began to mop the kitchen floor yesterday! And tonight I chopped veggies and cooked dinner :)
  • Turtle...don't you have to come off the gabapentin slowly? That's what I've heard anyway. What surgery did you have done? I can't remember.
  • Turtle, oh yes...I have relapsed for doing too much by having a sense of well being when the medicine helped.
    Joy, currently I'm on Fentanyl 75, Norco 10/325, Cymbalta, Zanaflex, and motrin. It's been close to 7 months since I had a 2 level TLIF/laminectomy.
  • Is that a muscle relaxer? I'm wondering why my doc didn't put me on the Fentanyl patch? I supposed to take 1-1/2 Norco 7.5/325 every 6 hours and it's just not doing a good job as far as the pain goes. I am just so tired of all of this!!! I can feel myself getting depressed lately...I just don't seem to be getting any better. I had bronchitis about 2 months ago (and now have an ear infection!). Can you mess up a fusion from coughing so much? Sorry to be rambling so much, just fed up with this whole thing.
  • Hi, it's a muscle relaxer and it works okay. Are you seeing a pain specialist? My previous microdiscectomy didn't help my pain at all. I don't know if it's too soon to know if this fusion has worked or not. All I know is that the pain has been chronic and relentless this whole time. I have had multiple injections that weren't helpful and PT.
    I'm sorry you were sick. I don't know if the coughing can mess anything up. Maybe you can let your doctor know that your medicines aren't helping your pain.
  • I have told the PA several times that I'm having a lot of pain. They refused to increase the dosage. I'm trying to wait until Feb. before asking for another MRI. The insurance I have has a $5,000 deductible, so the cost of the MRI would come out of my pocket! In Feb. I will be on Medicare. Hopefully, waiting until then to check things out will be okay. I really feel like I haven't made any progress since the 4-month mark. I'm not seeing a Pain Specialist...it has not even been mentioned to me. But, like with you, the pain has been relentless.
  • I was taking 2 mg dilaudid 3x a day until Monday of this week. I then went cold turkey for 2 days. Yuck!

    Now, I am taking gabapentin 3x day (900mgs total), 10mg flexeril 3x a day, and oxycodone 10/325 as needed (usually 1 or 2 times a day)

    When I am still, I am not in too much pain. When I walk I am not in too much pain. When I stand still too long or sit for more than 10 minutes I am pretty uncomfortable. Like tonight I wrapped presents for probably 30 minutes. I needed a pill after that.

    I really do hope that you start feeling better soon! I can't imagine having coughing spells.

    One Love,

    Stephanie
  • I'm sorry that you're not getting relief. Maybe at your next appointment you can talk to your surgeon. Ask him if he feels that you are recovering like you should be. At each visit your progress is supposed to be noted. If he doesn't want to adjust your meds, then bring up getting a referral to pain management if possible.
  • I'm taking MS Contin 60mg twice a day, Flexeril 3x day, Lyrica 600 mg day, Celebrex 200 mg day, Percocet 1 rarely for BTP, Amitriptylline, Wellbutrin, Oxazepam 15 mg noon and 30 mg at bedtime.
    Please tell your Dr. the pain medication is only lasting for 3-4 hours and even then you're never painfree. I did that with my Dr. at someone's suggestion and that helped me get my meds doubled just recently. I'm still not painfree. I also agree with Meydey. I hope you're feeling better. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I appreciate so much the comments I received from this post. Basically, I wanted to see if what I take is in line with others. I have started taking the Norco twice a day now rather than trying to tough it out by taking it only once a day. I really think this has helped. Problem is, the prescription was only written for 60 tablets; taking 1-1/2 tabs. twice a day, I will be out of it in 20 days. Hope it won't be a problem for the GP to refill it. I have such a high tolerance to pain meds (and I think most of us here do!). Just seems to go with the territory. My cough is much better now. Now, if I could just get rid of the stopped up ear, I would feel more like the old me! Hope you guys are feeling better today! Take care... >:D< >:D<
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