Hi I am new to this site so hope it's ok to ask general questions about personal meds prescribed. I am suffering my third and most severe bout of sciatica and was taken by ambulance to hospital ER 3 weeks ago due to pain and immobility after the initial onset. It's been found since by MRI I have a fairly severe rupture at S1/L5 compressing the nerve and I'm looking at possible surgery if no improvement after the 6 week mark. I've been told I need a combination of drugs to relieve the pain and that it is best to find a schedule to fight the pain before it fully has a chance to kick in rather then take the drugs after it becomes very painful.
Some of the medication I am now taking I have been on during my past episodes and some I have not. I feel it's fairly dangerous the amount I am currently taking to get by.I wanted some others opinions on if it is normal to be taking all of them? Some names of the medications may differ as I am in Australia.
I've been put on..
*Endone 10mg (oxycodone)- every 4-6 hours.
Does this differ from ms/oxycontin? If so better or worse?
*Tramadol 150 (slow release) - every 12 hours
*Valium 5mg - every 8 hours
*Panadeine Forte (paracetamol/codeine) - every 6 hours
*Endep 25mg (amitriptyline) - one before sleep
This one appears to be an anti-depressant?
*Ibuprofen 400mg - every 4-6 hours
Does this sound fairly normal? It worries me slightly as there's no set time line yet for me to continue this regiment and is more then I have needed in the past (although pain is far more severe this bout).I was a relatively heavy drinker prior to this also and I worry I may end up with liver issues.
If I was to attempt to cut out one or more of those, what would likely be best to try? The Tramadol seems to have little effect but I think this is just due to the slow release and that I may find it does if I am to stop. The Endone is the only one I find directly effective so am not wishing to discontinue taking that.
I've also read information regarding not mixing Endone with Valium and also with Endep however my specialist and GP's have not mentioned this. Does anyone have experience with that specific combination?
Thanks in advance for reading and for any replies.