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Pain Pill Validation....



  • I hate sleeping during the day too! I've never been able to nap (even after my surgery and very sleepy) and I think it's because I'm afraid I'll miss something. Not really sure. But my hubby and friends think I'm crazy - they all take naps whenever the option arises. :))(

    I'm glad about your hubby. Mine is great too. The other night it was snowing and, because I won't drive in snow yet, he had to go to the grocery store on his way home. When he got home, I said "I'm sorry you had to do that. I know it was the last thing on earth you wanted to do." And he said, "Well, I'd rather do that then have neck surgery." Whatta guy!

    I told him a couple of nights ago (in fact, kinda went on and on) how much I have appreciated his support. He's not very good at receiving compliments, and I think I saw a tear in his eye! Awww... :X

    Take care and no worries! Let the healing begin!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,435
    differently. I think everyone would agree that no two people are alike, so take that a step further in that different people will react differently to medications.
    Medication abuse can be one of the major pitfalls with anyone that is suffering from chronic pain. We all want to take that one magic pill that will take away all of our pain and return is to normal every day living.
    I have always and will continue to maintain a positive attitude about our various spinal conditions. I also know that when a doctor writes a prescription for me to take and identifies when/how to take it, I will follow that! Back when I was young and unaware, when I had pain medications, I would skip a dose only so when I take the next one I would double up which would wipe me out and forget the pain.
    I understand how foolish and dangerous that really was.
    When we start talking about different medications, its really something to see how people react to them.

    Flexeril - Wipes me out, the following day it feels like I have a hangover, while others get very little from it.
    Zanaflex - Controls my muscle spasms, but never wipes me out, I am always alert.

    I could go on and on about the different medications and how it does something for one, but not for the other.

    Put this aside, the comment Lo made about the surgeon who
    meant to work on L4/L5, but cut at L1/L2... Whoa.. That puts up a major red flag for me. Sure mistakes can be made, but that was one major mistake
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • and have 2 suggestions: One, can you take the Flexeril earlier than bedtime? Or would that just knock you out sooner? If you took it earlier, would the sleepy "hangover" end sooner the next day?

    And, I would consider asking the doc to change you to Soma or Skelaxin or another muscle relaxer. I just cannot take Flexeril unless I want to check out from my world for a few days. lol I might get used to it if I had to take that medication, but since Soma works great for me, I don't have to worry about it.

    Hope you find a solution or the side effects wear off!!

  • I have been taking pain meds for a long time. They do not bother me but the flexeril loops me every time. My bet is with the others that it is the flexeril. They do make muscle relaxants with caffeine in them so as to not make a person so tired.

    good luck.........Paul
  • It would knock me out and I would be fighting to stay awake the next day. I never liked it. I'm on Zanaflex and I try to take it on the evenings if possible because it too will make me very drowsy.
    Caity, did you ever get around to taking the Methadone in conjunction with the Norco? I have read from a few people on it here that it works good for pain. I have a relative on it, and at first she said it worked well and it kept her more alert than the Fentanyl 100mcg. Then after a couple weeks she said she wished to go back on the patches. She said she didn't realize how good the patches worked until she switched meds. However, when she was on the patches, she said it didn't do anything. I guess everybody reacts to things differently.
    Whatever you choose to do, I hope it brings you some kind of relief. Take care
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  • zanaflex knocked me out..such a hangover the next morning.Sxelaxin does not effect me that way and helps!
    Possibly speak to the doctor about changing one med at a time (starting with muscle relaxant) and see how it goes. Good luck
  • over the weekend I toughed it out and didn't take the meds Friday or Saturday night. I was out late Friday night, which made it rough on my back, but also made me tired on Saturday. But low and behold, on Sunday, I felt great fatigue wise. #:S I was my normal self. Thank goodness. <:P I didn't really think about the Flexiril until you all mentioned it. I was kindof worried all last week thinking there might be another underlying condition. :S <br />I continue to take all three, knowing it might make me tired. However, it's the only way to deal with the pain.
    Some of you know I have switched insurances, and have to start all over. :S :''( I have my first appointment with the new surgeon on Thursday. Wish me luck! I will post after my appointment. Hopefully I will be happy. :D

    Thanks again for all of you input! :*

  • Hi Caity,
    I understand kinda what you are going thru as well. My hubby was very insistant that I keep up with my pain meds (Norco and Soma) as ordered after surgery. It didn't seem to make me feel better, just out of it. I hate napping too.
    Well, he went out of town, so I experimented and tapered down from Norco to Vicodin ES to regular Vicodin to regular tylenol. Lo and behold, I ended up feeling better. WIERD!
    Don't get me wrong, there are times - LIKE NOW, that I have to take the big stuff. But I think the meds "foggyness" contributed to me not feeling well too.
    So, I now try to start with regular tylenol and work my way up, rather than the other way! Some days I succeed, others - not so much! :''(
    Soma is still part of my med routine.
  • Hi Caity,
    Di you know that a sleep cycle last for approx 90 mins? So this means that if you wake within that time or after then you are waking from a deep sleep and thus want to go back to sleep. When you wake at the end of a sleep cycle, you are usually more alert and ready to get up.
    I often have a nap in the afternoon. For me it means I can keep going and I would prefer to take a nap then to take meds. If the naps doesn;t help then I have the meds.
    SO I set my alarm clock for 90 minutes and usually wake just before it goes off.

    I know what you mean about mothers and bed. Mine takes to her bed for a week if she has a sniffle to i feel the same as you but I have learned that I need to do this for me.

    Blessings Sara O:)
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