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No pain medications......questions

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Health Insurance Issues
Hi. I am new here. I've had two back surgeries. The last was a lumbar spinal fusion in 2002.

Anyway...my question is....Is there ANYONE that deals with a great deal of pain on a daily basis who does NOT take any kind of prescription pain medication?

I have a tons of "issues" (was married to an alcoholic/addict, pain meds just mess up my head but don't help with the pain, etc).

Sometimes I feel like I am the only one in the world who does not take meds......please tell me your experience.



  • Linda, welcome to spine-health.

    I too have a big phobia of taking any narcotic pain med. I went forever saying I don't want them, but finally gave in to taking Tramadol. It works like a narcotic but doesn't have the same side effects. It doesn't do a lot for me, but it does take the edge off and make it so that I can deal with it, at least sometimes.

    The combination of cymbalta, tramadol, neurontin, and an anti-inflammatory such as mobic is supposed to be very good with handling chronic nerve pain. Those are the meds that I take at this time.

    My point is there are options that are not as addictive or hard on your body. I also do some bio-feedback, and my TENS unit and an ice pack are my best friends. I think the TENS is what keeps me off of heavier medications.

    Good luck!
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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