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Good options for less narcotic-y pain meds



  • I first need to state emphatically that needing pain medication to treat a physical condition does NOT an addict make! I have been off of narcotics for over 2 months and my quality of life has been greatly reduced.

    That being said, my "less narcotic-y" alternatives have been NSAIDS, ice, lidocaine patches, gabapentin, methocarbamol (muscle relaxer), and an anti-depressant to help be get through withdrawals. Plus I've just had 2 cervical epidural steroid injections. -----

    I have found nothing that does much more than provide a little temporary relief. Narcotics have their place. Since being off of them I have a newfound respect for the role they play in a chronic pain sufferer's life.
  • I have just been told my nerve pain / back pain is most likely chronic. I would love hearing what others may have to offer in regards to CP without narcotics.
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  • I have fibromyalgia sciatica and many surgeries. Without pain mgmt I have no quantity of life. I would rather have some relief than go back to the days when I could do nothing,not see friends, or do things with family etc. It's a shame that chronic pain people who take medication is lumped into drug addicts. And now because dea is making no distinction between the two, it's hard for us who need meds to get them. So unfair. It's a personal choice whether to medicate or not. I have made mine and won't apologize for it!
  • I think it's awesome that you decided to do this. It takes incredible strength to do so, and determination.
    I have done similar, at different points in my journey , wanting to see if/how I could function without the meds as well.
    Opiates do have their place, and so do all of the other alternatives you are using as well. Each thing that brings a little relief is another tool that you can use.
    I also do some regular walking, and stretching, swimming really helps more than anything, and I try to use over the counter muscle and pain creams and ointments as well.
    All of them help me keep my opiate use down on the low end of the spectrum, even after all these years and for me, I consider that success.

  • Merry go round of medications
    Starting with very severe menstrual cramps graduating to unbelievable migraines Diagnosed with neck arthritis yada yada. End result. Was up to 20 pills a day for pain anxiety & depression ( duh). Detoxed from that. But the PROBLEMS were never addressed! So the "formulas" started again. 10+ years of mscontin 15mgx2, klonopin & Xanax 4 severe insomnia went off ms 2 weeks ago. Still cannot b active. Everything hurts. Still taking klonopin & Xanax & getting off klonopin causes DAYS of severe migraines but the Xanax was not doing it. Does anybody hv a clue how to stop this rollercoaster?? Yes it helped me function & I'm a young widow with 2 children but it does do "things" to my personality! HELP????
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