I've tried everything from Indometacin to 800 mg Ibuprofen and nothing even comes close to relieving my pain. I had surgury a while back for a broken hip and the pain is constant. I don't want to get hooked on opiates.
3 Jul 2010
Well theres ultram (tramadol). Its hard to tell what exactly it is, ive had doctors describe it to me as 'hald opioid half non-opioid'. They use it in rehab facilities alot because theyre pretty hard to abuse or get addicted to. But honestly, unless you have a past of an addictive personality or a narcotics/ alcohol problem you shouldnt really need to worry about using pain killers. Provided you monitor them properly and you dont take more than youre prescribed you have nothing to worry about. The doctor will help make sure you are eased on and off of them safely and that the dose you take is safe for you. Just a thought
3 Jul 2010
I have taken every nsaid known to man I think! There is one that you can only take for 5 days then you have to get off and wait for 5 days. I was given it after one of my back operations. I was back in my room and I don't know why but I was snowed with morphine and I was still in so much pain I was shaking the bed apart. A nurse came by and said I should try Toradol. I said either get me some relief or shoot me but I can't go another second like this. So an hour later !!! that was fast for this hospital in comes a nurse with a shot of Toradol. Within 5 mins I was able to breath again, It doesnt work as well in pill form but I have used it several times since then when I think of it. I think its quite expensive but if you need relief sometimes the cost doesnt matter.
Now as far as a ongoing program a lot depends on what the cause of your pain is. If it is nerve related then Neurontin or something in that family will help, If it is swelling related then Ibuprofin helps. But Iwould start by finding a pain clinic in your city and make an appointment. You might be able to fi nd a chronic pain management program on your own. Sometimes in my citys local free paper they list all kinds of support groups and you might find one that way. A major part of most programs is self hypnosis and guided imagery.
I can't begin to tell you how much I have been helped by these two programs. It takes some work and it takes some time to teach your mind to relax and to follow the program but if you do it you will be rewarded with a life that is not driven by your pain.
Good luck. I will keep you inmy prayers
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