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animaaanima Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in New Member Introductions
hi. I have a cervical herniation from car accident. I just started checking out the site and already have learned so much. . i mostly have questions about pain meds and a new procedure I may try. I already had epidurals, facet blocks, discograpth, they say surgery is unlikely to help. Next up is a nerve ablation. it sounds scary.

i'm real stubborn about taking pain meds but i need to increase them after 18 mnths of pain. started with vicadon and now on to 10/325 oxycodone 3 x's a day. it's not enough. So far i learned from the site to not take the tyenole mix anymore - doesn't help anyway so I'll ask for straight oxycodone and 4 x's a day. Or should I switch to something like oxycotin b/c i learned it is longer acting.

THis site is a life safer and I'll search for these answers and much more as the days go by.

It will be nice to chat with others who understand



  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am so glad you stopped by. =D> SH does have vast information and a circle of friends with lots of life experience.. good for you for doing your homework. <:P be sure and check out the "Pain Medications" Forum for more input. good luck and i know you will find a good level of meds for yourself. =D> Jenny :)
  • Hello -

    After reading your post a couple of times, I can tell you that any good pain management Doc is going to inform you that, no matter what variety or strength of med you might take...you can only ever expect to achieve a 20 to 30% reduction in your pain level.

    I can tell you from experience and would suggest, that it would greatly behoove you to allow for a 12 hour "detox" period everyday. For example, if you take your last dose at 10 p.m., don't take your first dose of the next day until 10 a.m. or later. By employing that 12 hour down time, you're encouraging the med to have a greater affect throughout the next day since you've purged your body of any that might be existing in your body. So having said that, if you can swing it pain wise, this is a way to renew the med's ability to have a greater positive and lasting affect.

    I don't know exactly where you've learned that an opoid/Tylenol mix isn't the way to go, because a mixture that that employs a narcotic with acetaminophen, or ibuprofen is most ALWAYS more effective than the narcotic alone.

    These are certainly issues to discuss with your Doc, but I would tread lightly when asking for a plain/pure narcotic pain med, because many Doc's are reluctant to prescribe them since they tend to be abused more frequently than combination meds.

    Best wishes to you and take care -

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  • I take cymbalta,lyrica and amitriptylline as nerve meds as well as a muscle relaxer and MS Contin. Are you taking nerve pain meds? Good luck with the ablation and hope that helps better than the injections. Take care. 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've use to do more than 12 hr detox- but now i'm just run down from trying to suck up the pain until 2-3 a clock in the day to take my first pill. I take my last pain med usually ten - maybe 11 at night- usually just half a dose. now i take my 1st pill at 12 or 1 so i'll keep up that level. thanks for the advice.

    I refuse to take something in the middle of the night. Cause then i'll sleep too much.

    i don't want to take the tylenol cause of liver damage. I'm just now accepting the fact I probably be on meds my whole life so i want to take as little as possible. Why take tylenol everyday if it doesn't add that much to pain relief.

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