... 2008 and at the time I was on one medication daily! Now I am on a handful for goodness sake! I think its trial and error they add another pill to work on this which causes another problem with that which in turn causes another problem with that!!! Pill after pill after pill... there must be a better way!?
What injury do you suffer from? I have a neurostimulator implant in my spine that sends an electrical impulse to my foot to stop the pain message from my foot to my brain. Sounds complicated, but not really, it works for all kinds of pain if the location is specific, like in the lower back, upper back, the neck, or an extremity.
I might also suggest acupuncture or gentle exercise like yoga or ti chai. Don't know what you have tried besides medication but maybe one of these will help.
im not sure what type of pain you are having but I have chronic nerve and muscle pain. Having a massage helps me with Both. Im so relaxed, smooth muscles and when they are relaxed somehow it helps the nerve pain. I hope you find something, pain is difficult, the trauma of trying to find medicine does not help. Take care
This is terrible, or at least I went through the same basic thing, and found that cutting out the meds that "kinda helped", and increasing the dosage of the med that actually helped was one of the best things that I did regarding my medications. I have fibromyalgia, and at a time my umbrella doc had me on Tramadol, Lyrica, and Methadone. I also have ptsd and anxiety, so at the time I was taking about nine different meds. By cutting out in the case of the Fibromyalgia the Lyrica and Tramadol, and increasing the Methadone (the only med that really helped), I felt so much better and had allot more energy than before. The only reason as to why I was taking the other two was due to mistrust at the time as well as a fear of the FDA.
In order to increase the Methadone, I had to make an appointment, have a second opinion with an alternative script unfilled (and was later returned to the other doc) as well as a very logic based letter stating why I needed the increase, and how it was negatively affecting my life, placing me in a corner with few options other than what the second opinion had to offer (Oxycotin, something that doesn't work on the nerve pain as well, but would make coping with the pain easier).
After that visit, it seemed like the doctor had a new respect for me, and trusted me a whole lot more. I think that once he had the letter, it sort of clicked as to how the medications where ruining my life, and why they needed to be fixed.
I am currently now trying to cut down on the 3mg of Klonopin that I was taking, and am currently at 2.5mg. Just the 0.5mg decrease has made my temper very short, and am having severe troubles stopping this med as I feel like I'm turning into someone who I don't like. I think that I very well may have been put on that med at that dose for a very good reason... Oh well, and the thing that is really disappointing, is that once again, I feel better and have more energy once again, been on the 2.5mg for several weeks now, but still, I may have to go back up on it out of pure necessity.
first of all I like the name, (We have had lot's of snow in our area) Now back to your question, I fully understand what you are coping with, You can try alternative methods of pain control, or to better help you cope with the pain, I had Polio and I decided that I would try exercise, water exercises, biofeedback, meditation, things to distract my mind from the pain like reading a good book, music, as Laurie suggested I even tried yoga, I tried eating differently, one day I reach a point until the pain was so severe I could hardly walk, I discussed my frustration with the doctor who advised me that I was going to have to make a decision but in making one I needed to think about a decision that allowed me to go about living my every day life to the fullest, Just like I am going to tell you I don't think there is a right or wrong here it is what is best for you as a whole, I thought if I try these other methods then I am going to know I have done my best to avoid medication, and I will be the first to say medication is not an easy way as you say you have problems with various side effects, I think if a person tries alternative ways and has to resort to medication then you know you did all you could, And there are even times when people don't have the option of taking time to try all these other things, It is my sincere hope that you find a way that works best for you, this is a site of people whom I greatly appreciate, It is filled with compassion and understanding so please know that this is also a good form of support, feel free to check in here, I wish you only the best
Hi there snowflaketears. I have chronic pain. I've been using Cymbalta for around a year. Prior to that I was using Tramacet (Tramadol) as every 4 - 6 hours as needed. I like the fact that with Cymbalta I only have to take 1 pill because of its delayed-release properties. Presently, I'm thinking that it is helping me, although I nap or sleep a lot many days. I'm able to still use Tramacet when required. I rarely even have to take Tramacet now! 60 pills will last me for months, whereas before, I'd sometimes feel like I was going to run out of Tramacet before the next 30 day prescription was filled.
I also use an alternative therapy treatment for my pain called Kohki. It originated in Japan and is now available to us here in Canada (Ontario). I had taken it once a month for a year before I finally had a major pain breakthrough. I firmly believe it was the Kohki treatment that helped me get past my pain hurdle and crossed the threshold. Now, in combination with Cymbalta, many days I feel almost like "my old self" again, about 90%. I'm so very thrilled with my progress! I've been off work for almost 3 years now. Generally, I just stay inside my house all the time. I was starting to get to the point where I wondered if I'd always have this pain to deal with in my life! I'm getting worn out from my pain, even though it's not as constant or as debilitating as before. I firmly swear by Kohki. It even helps my sciatica!
Well, snowflaketears, I wish you all the best! It's unbelievable to me, in this day and age, especially when so very many people are having health issues, that we still don't have proper pain management and have to go by trial and error. I think we shouldn't even have pain at all in this 21st Century! :)
Please stay in touch and keep me posted. I care, as so many others here do! from Wendy :)
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