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Prescription Treatment Options and Alternatives

ValentinoVValentino Posts: 1
edited 05/03/2014 - 10:21 AM in Pain Medications
Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this site and have read a lot of posts. As can be seen in my profile I have 6 different conditions all affecting my lower back/limbs. They range from mild to chronic.

Throughout the years I have been put on so many different medications that honestly I have lost track of which ones. But as far as Drug Class are concerned...NSAIDs, Narcotic/Non Narcotic analgesics, steroids, etc. Currently my Physiatrist has me on Parafon Forte, Neurontin and Tramadol. My neurologists on Cymbalta and Prednisone (this one for life to manage the myopathy). None of which are doing much to make much difference.

There are days that I can slowly move around, some when I'm a little more stable and the majority where I struggle to get out of bed. The pain has escalated beyond 5 out of 10.

I see several specialists to treat these conditions but not one has been able to prescribe that can alleviate my pain and discomfort at least to a level of improving my quality of life.

Has anyone been on some "cocktail" of meds that have helped??? Would like to speak to my doctors about other options.

Thanks for reading.
Wish all of you well!!!


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  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 05/03/2014 - 2:13 PM
    Opiates by themselves never touched my pain until they combined them with muscle relaxants. You have a fair cocktail of meds there. I would check the interactions on drugs.com.

    I only take three. An opioid,(MSContin), a muscle relaxant,( Rivrotril) and (Endep), Amitryptaline for sleep.

    I have nothing for breakthrough pain. Amitryptaline is an old fashioned anti depressant that can be used for neuropathic pain. I cannot take SSRI's such as Cymbalta,

    I would see your specialist and ask to be cut down to the minimum of medications that will make your life bearable. Those three work for me, although I am thinking of going back on Oxycontin instead of MSContin. Tramadol turned me into a zombie and didn't really help my pain.. We are all different and are effected differently by meds.

    Having said that, most of the medications you have been prescribed you just can't stop dead. You need to be weaned off some of them. You will need to talk to your specialists. I also get all my prescriptions for the one Dr so it doesn't get mixed up by several Drs giving me meds that might interact badly. Maybe you could cut it down to one Dr only prescribing all the meds for you. One Dr, one pharmacist works for me.

    The real breakthrough for me came when they combined a muscle relaxant with the painkiller. Before that no amount of strong opioids really touched my pain. Good luck and remember most of the meds you are on you can't just suddenly stop.

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