... another med for breakthrough pain. This is just one of many diagnoisis that i have wrong and all results in horrific pain.I see a pain specialist now for 5 months. The one med for long lasting pain is opana er 20mg which now results in terrible sick headaches which put me to bed in a dark room. I see my doctor this week, also think very highly of him. He has taken time and really sincere in my pain, i think he is one of the best in his field. Last visit was great, we thought that the meds he had put me on for the last 2 months was the answer and felt so great that we had gotten to the right medications that work. I looked better, my pain for once had actually become under control, we were both so happy.Now I know that I can no longer take the Opana er 20mg and I do not know what medication that will replace the former and have the same results as far helping pain, although I never really thought Opana was all that great because it barely took the edge off, so along with that I take Oxycondone 30mg which does help tremendously. What will happen next?.The back pain is so severe that I can longer take rides in a car that are longer than a couple of miles.So I am really homebound, seldom ever leaving my home except for Doctor appts. Which has caused me to fall into a very deep depression, just can't seem to win.
Instead of the drugs for riding in car, my mother had special cushion for vehicles that stopped that exact kind of pain... or helped her enough to go for long rides. LIke all day in the car off and on ... or straight 3 hour drive.
Also TENS unit might be of great relief... she also used one and i have used them for my AS( type of autoimmune arthritis) in my spine. i also found heat is great help and infrared heat is to be of great relief. I am going to get one for my back as well.
At home, epsom salt baths, heating pads, throws and blankets are huge help with the pain.
Also acupuncture can work greatly in back pain. Find one through your physical therapist or just make sure it is one that is legit. Some fake ones i read about recently posing as acupuncturist and have no skills at all.
TENS, amazon has them but so do most local drug stores. The one in like rite aide may not be the best but get through that night or day. About $30 up as to price.
Oh, you have tried NSAIDS like ibuprofen at prescription levels? Also voltaren gel which is nsaid gel works very well. Emu oil has help me feet which has RA so hard to find things in small joints of the feet but emu oil has really worked..helped my dog as well! lol! I use to use it in 90's but price was just too high... now much cheaper so more affordable.
I hope this helps or gives you some pain alternatives... you might even use ibuprofen with your pain drug now.
I try to stay away from narcotics... just has too many negative reasons why to avoid them for long term use. If only for few months then i think they have very real place in the world.
Hi, I am in a similar place as you. I have a cervical disc fusion with steel plate and screws in my neck. I lost all range of motion to look up with my head. This all resulted in my body's immune system to go crazy and reject the foreign object. Now, I have SEVERE pain all over every day. I was diagnosed with Dystonia (muscles turn to stone) and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. I am now disabled and house bound too. I feel for you. But, Please DO NOT give up!!! There are support groups with people suffering same thing. You have to know that you are not alone in this battle. Also know that you are a wonderful person that just had a bad stretch. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust me. Hang in there! I am sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.
Have you tried Fentanyl patches yet? A lot of people who dont do well with the pills do very well with Fentanyl and it control your pain for days rather than hours. I would have loved to have been able to stay on them but I started blistering from the adhesives. If you are sensitive to tape adhesives this isnt the drug for you. Luckily there are a lot of different drugs out there and I'm sure your doc have a few tricks up his sleeve for you to try yet but as one above poster mentions, dont forget to incorporate non drug therapies too. Stretching, if you are allowed, can be really helpful, as can applying heat and/or ice, using topicals-OTC or prescription lidocaine patches can help, chiropractic treatments (ask your Dr if these would be okay first) can be helpful to keep the body aligned correctly and can help to loosen muscle spasms and tightened ligaments, accupuncture is helpful to some, TENS units can help block pain signals. Just try anything to see if it helps.
Finding what works can be years of trial and error. Be patient and learn all you can about your condition so you can find ways to treat it. Always remember that with chronic pain, "pain free" is not always a possibility. If you are looking to be "pain free" you are going to be disappointed. For many of us "pain free" (at least while conscious) is not an option. Shoot for "tolerable" pain. Shoot for increased function. If the pain meds allow you to do some of the things you cant do without meds then they are working. We have to be realistic in our expectations and for many chronic pain conditions "pain free" isnt possible so adjust your expectations a bit too. Chronic pain is not easy and only others with chronic pain themselves can truly understand what you go through every day and how much it just grates on you until you think you might go crazy! Feel free to "friend" any of us that are pain patients (Myself, Kaismama, MacIntosh, kathyhanson among others) and we will be happy to listen (and hopefully you can reciprocate from time to time-we all support each other through the bad days) so welcome and good luck in finding your regimen for a less painful existence!
Hi, I understand what you are going through. I have been dealing with severe chronic pain all over since 2006. I am almost 64,. and it is really difficult. I do not live a normal life. I really have to be careful. I have tried so many medications, and massage, injections in the head and neck. I hurt really really bad in my head, scalp, neck, shoulders. Also a lesser pain all over. I take gabapentin 600mg 4 times a day. Tramadol 50 mg 3 times a day, and muscle relaxers as well. I was going to pain mgmt., but I got frustrated and quit, as nothing helped. God Bless you, and I hope you find an answer.
PS I forgot to tell you... No one knows what I have. Nice huh?
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