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pain medications

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,662
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
have realized that doctors don't really have any solutions for me. what types of pain medications do i have to choose from besides hydrocodone and OTC's? I can barely freakin walk b/c of the pain, but i know that i need to exercise or my situation will only deteriorate much faster. i also suffer from a severe bipolar disorder so i have to watch what i take. ARRRRRgh!!!!! somebody please help me out!


  • I think talking to your psychiatrist is a good idea. I don't know what meds you are taking, but some of the more commonly prescribed meds for BD are useful in pain management, too. Maybe this doctor will be able to find something that will provide some relief.

    Do you have a diagnosis for your back issues? We could perhaps have better suggestions if we knew more about your situation.
  • I'm guessing that you have DDD since you posted under this thread. I have severe DDD in L4-S1 and a history of other problems including disc herniations. I started on Vicodin 5/500mgs and Soma at the start of my back and leg pain. By the time I had my second surgery (2 level fusion) I was already on Fentanyl pain patches, Norco 10/325mg, and Valium. From there I went to Ms Contin to Oxycodone for severe chronic pain and nerve damage.

    I would be very concerned about any doctor pushing me into surgery. Have you had x-rays and an MRI done? They need up to date films and maybe a ct myelogram before speaking of any type of back surgery.

    I can't tell you what medication will work for you, but the best approach is taking a combination of meds to manage each aspect of the pain: long acting and short acting pain meds, muscle relaxer, nerve pain medicine, NSAIDS, and maybe a sleep aid. It also takes being involved in PT, trying massage and accunpuncture, aquatherapy, biofeedback, psycotherapy, TENS unit, etc. Take care
  • It does actually. Or maybe you can consult a geriatric psychiatrist, they will clearly explain to you why you are experiencing such pain that are maybe false sometimes.
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