I am very sensitive to meds. I was on tramadol for pain did not work for me due to I could not take at night, caused severe insomnia, severe sweats, made hotflashes every five minutes. Slowly withdrew myself offm, but had serious withdrawals and was seen in emergency room. now I still feel brain fog, equilibrium is off. Doctor placed me on gabapentin when I was in emergency room, this just made withdrawal symptoms worse, can't even drive my own car. GP decided to take me off everything to see if body will get back to normal. Its been close to 8 days off of tramadol and 2 days of gabapentin. My brain feels crawlly, pain is level is high. I have tried all kinds of holistic things, due to that is me, acupuncture, therapeutic massage. Nothing has worked for my pain. Is there anyone else who is sensitive to meds, but has found something that has worked to control pain. I want my life back.
I am very sensitive to meds. I was on tramadol for pain did not work for me due to I could not take?
Added 24 Jul 2010:
My pain is due to a combination of things, had serious spinal surgery with 2 steel rods inserted and spine fused over thirty-five years ago, doctors left piece of rod that protrudes up in neck area. to dangerous to remove. Fusion now is done completely different, major pain problems from surgery, since it was my spine pain radiates to arms legs, neck, back, you name it. Also I have tmj from wearing back braces where doctors did not think about putting something in-between my teeth to prevent losing all of my cartilage from my jaw joints, my chin rested on back braces 24 hours a day. Now that is what my life is pain, but now its ruining my life, can't function, muscle pain, nerve pain, unbalance, etc. Tylenol and motrin, naproxen, things like this do not work. Aslo I'm very sensitive to meds. Can anyone relate and can anyone help where they have had some success. I need to drive, but haven't been able.
25 Jul 2010
I was diagnosed with RSD aka Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy in 1999 which is nerve damage that spreads throughout the body with no cure and is very painful leaving me permanently disabled.
I too am very sensitive to all pain medications and others too.
The doctors found I was allergic to most all of the medications they tried except Hydrocodone, Percocet, and finally my life saver, Oxycontin. Due to all my allergic reactions where I also have ended up in the ER due to them, I have remained on the same dose of OC for 9 of 11yrs now and am okay with that.
Has your doctor/doctors tried all the pain meds they can knowing which ones you are allergic to or has severe side effects? It took my own pain doctor over 3 months to find anything stronger than the 1st two I mentioned above knowing I could not walk and was in chronic pain. I couldn't even do my PT until I was able to take a med that allowed me more pain control.
You mentioned a GP. You need to see a pain specialist. They are so much more advanced in knowledge of treatments and meds.
The Gabapentin is an epileptic medication and those made me so loopy, off balance, I would fall, and felt like I was in a fog too.
I had to go off of it and won't take those types of meds anymore. It did not help me either.
Many pain meds take time to get used to where you can't drive a car and feel loopy but you shouldn't feel the other effects to that degree.
My best advice is to seek out a pain management doctor who can better understand your situation and find something that does work that you can take. They can also offer shots for pain like trigger point injections,etc.
If you already can't take Hydrocodone or Percocet due to allergic reactions or what you mentioned, it will be hard to find anything that is a true pain med. Some of the effects do go away but it takes time.
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