I got into a car accident 2 years ago and I'm in constant extreme pain and weakness from my shoulder. I take a clonzepam every so often but it gets me way too relaxed and loose. I need to find something that I can take on a daily basis for the pain n pinched nervous but still be able to be completely functional. And non narcotic. Seen too many ppl addicted to stuff. Any suggestion? I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks
27 Nov 2011
My heart goes out to you. I also live with chronic pain also. I am tapering from Opana ER--so stay away from it if you need pain medicine. I would think a really good doctor would be able to help you find relief! Opana is a very difficult drug to detox from! The doctors have me trying Savella and Lyrica. I can't tell much yet because I am in pain from hyperalgesia--hyper pain from opiate use over time! People mention other options on this site! One such is Tramadol or Ultram. Some people find it very addictive. Other think it is low-risk compared to other opiate pain relievers. This is a personal choice. Just go into the addictive or semi-addictive as an informed person. I pray for relief for you. Your friend, Marie
27 Nov 2011
Clonazepam is probably one of the best ways to treat your type of back pain. If it is too sedating for you, maybe try a lower dose? Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine, similar to diazepam (Valium), so of course it will always have a CNS depressant effect. Another option for you may be muscle relaxers such as Flexeril instead of the benzo meds. Muscle relaxers are also sedating but not to the degree of benzo's. The only down side may be that although the relaxers will help the back pain by quelling spasms, they may not be as effective in treating the pinched nerves, depending on exactly how they are pinched and what symptoms are being caused.
Unfortunately just about every form of treatment will have some sedating effect which naturally will carry some 'addiction' potential. However, the muscle relaxers will be the least sedating and least likely to make you feel like you are on drugs, therefore have less potential for abuse or addiction. The benzoids like clonazepam, have a very high abuse potential and your body does become physically addicted/dependent on them in a similar way that it can happen with opioid pain meds like oxycodone, vicodin, or morphine.
All in all, I'd suggest discussing muscle relaxers with your doctor to take the place of the clonazepam to see if he or she feels that it could be an alternative for you.
Hope this helps!
28 Nov 2011
I'm new to this site but asked a similar question last week. Not sure how much help I will be but I'm currently being treated for Lupus Joint pain and take Savella, Lyrica, Sulfasalazine and Vicodin for flare ups which helped that type of pain.
I had back surgery 3 months ago which failed and I have extreme pain in my buttocks and down my left leg. This pain keeps me from getting more than 2-3 hours of sleep at a time! I take Norco 10/325 up to 8 a day and Opana ER 10mg every 8 hours. I just started the Opana ER after being on MS Contin 30mg every 8 hours. The MS Contin did not seem to help much and instead of going up on the dose the Doctor suggested I try the Opana ER, so far it has not helped much with the nerve pain but I think it is a matter of the doctor finding the right dose.
I seen a response to your question from someone that is getting off the Opana ER and that scares me. I'm so scared of becoming addicted to medicine but when you are in so much pain sometimes It is worth the risk to have any quality of life. I think it is a matter of finding what works for you with the least risks and side effects. I had a lot of nausea on the MS Contin but I was on it for less than a month.
Good luck to you and I hope you find relief!
28 Nov 2011
I'm sorry I just seen non-narcotic so please disregard my last post about the Opana and Norco. I've been on Savella and Lyrica for 1 1/2 years and it helps with joint pain. The Lyrica can make you a little tired for the first week or two until you get used to it. Also I hear Excedrin isn't the best for your body but I think Excedrin Migraine works great for all types of pains!!!
29 Dec 2012
i have the same thing i feel your pain nobody understands it unless you have it. I dont know besides narcs. to help the pain. You can work out lightly to strengthen your back but your gonna need a pain killer cause its gonna hurt before it gets better you can get narcs. and just be strong and not turn into a addict i take them like your supposed to for my pain if i dont the pain is so intense i cant move. You just have to be strong willed to not get addicted.
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