ive got fibro, arthritsis, nd something with my L4 nd L5 disk in my back, what is a good medicine to take.. cant take nssids..dr doesnt want me on anything to strong as she fears ill become addicted. i dont think i would.. any suggestions?
If this doctor is your family doctor then ask her to refer you to a pain clinic in your area. Most pain doctors prescribe medication but you have to sign a pain meds contract. I go to my pain doctor every three months and get injections in my lower back. I have had the same pain doctor for 14 yrs. I also just thought if your doctor won't refer you to a pain clinic just get out the phonebook and call some pain clinics. Some you don't have to be referred too. I hope this helps you and gives you more options you didn't realize you had. Good Luck and God Bless.
Your doctor is worried you will become addicted to NSAIDS? I would find another doctor. Do you have a history of addiction to anything?
With fibro, arthritis, degenerative discs, you need serious pain relief. Opiods do help. Swimming in extremely warm water helps. But one medicine your doctor should have no problems giving you is Voltaren Gel 1%. It is an NSAID but in gel form. You just squeeze 2 grams out onto your joint area and rub it in.
If you get lucky and the doc will give you a prescription for it, ask for 1000gms. It is cheaper in the long run for 10 tubes at once vs 1 tube at a time. And it works. You really don't have to worry about upset stomachs or anything like that. I love it. I rub it on my knees, my back, my hands (I have RA in my hands), and up and down my legs where they hurt too.
I also suggest that before you go to bed at night to soak in a HOT bath with epsom salts. This will relax your muscles and reduce your pain quite a bit. Also, get a sleep mask to sleep in. Light in the bedroom, especially blue light, messes up your brain and you can't get good, deep sleep to replenish the hormones burned off by the pain signals from fibro.
I hope this helps you.
Hi, i have chronic back pain, due to prolapsed discs. I have had a lot of physio which helps. I am on tramadol (which i would NOT suggest) and amitriptyline (which i would suggest!). The amitriptyline i take at night, they make you drowsy. They are primarily an anti-depressant, but can also be used for pain. I have a history of addiction, and i am fine with them. I take 50mg. I need to warn you that recent research shows you are at a higher risk of heart problems when taking amitriptyline, but all meds have their side effects. I've been on them for 2 1/2 years with no problems (i had an ECG recently and all fine). Maybe something to think about?
Eve, do you have an addictive personality? Have you been addicted to anything before this? such as alcohol, or drugs,etc. If that is the case, then I can understand your doctors' hesitancy for prescribing these meds., but if you have never had a problem with addiction, it is time you hauled up and left that doctor to find another one, who is more up on the literature. Many doctors still do not believe that fibro is an actual condition. It can affect every organ in your body, and it is quite common to have as severe back pain with fibro. If you can't find a PM doctor, try a rheumatologist. They are used to dealing with fibro and the pain involved. I know that they can help you too, and give you meds for the fibro, that may relieve your pain. Also, just because one person has a problem with a med, don't think that will happen to you.
Everyone has a different make up and things that make me sick, are wonder meds to others. it's just a matter of trial and error.
Good luck, really. Ellen
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