... management doctor. My husband lost his job along with our insurance, so we had to move in with his folks. I found a family practioner who would keep me on my meds. I've been seeing him for about six months and REALLY like him. About three months ago I took too much pain meds and went through horrible withdrawl. I decided to wean myself off of my pain meds, I've had problems of taking too many meds before. Now that I am 8 weeks clean, I am in horrible pain. I don't have to tell you guys, you know how bad it can get. I went to my doctor and told him how much pain I am in and he prescribed me tramadol and flexeril. I told him then that I have tried tramadol more than once and had it not work. Well, he really did not want me on narcotics (even though tramadol might as well be a narcotic). So, I took my doctor's advice and now three days into it I am in severe pain. I called my doctor and he said the same thing that he did over the phone that he did on my visit. Take the tramadol. I've thought of going to the hospital, but I don't think they will do anything for me. I'd go see a specialist, but no insurance. Any advice that you can give me would REALLY help
Try the Tramadol. Now that you have been off the harder opioids like oxycodone, you may find that it works better for you now. If it doesnt then you can tell him that you tried it and it didnt work. I really doubt the ER will do much for you. Even if you take the Tramadol, you will be no worse of than you are now so you really dont have much to lose. Perhaps once you try the Tramadol he will let you try something stronger. It may surprise you and work better now. Did you tell your doc that you had trouble controlling your meds? He will probably not prescribe you opioids very easily if you did. The way the DEA is cracking down on docs, he will be afraind of giving someone known to abuse opioids any opioid medications for fear they (DEA) will come back on him and give him trouble. Another thing is that they are not recommending strong opioids for fibromyalgia anymore.
Try things like heat and/or ice, topical rubs, massage, etc. Heat really helps me with my bad back pain. Take a hot bath with some Epsom salts. It surprises me how much that can help. Bad flares are no fun. My doc is reducing my dosages so I know how hard it is.
I'm so sorry you are going thru this! Tramadol really doesn't work for me & on this site I've read others have actually gone thru withdrawal from it. The flexeril has helped me for years but what about meds that have actually been approved by the FDA for fibromyalgia? Have you tried Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella or even Neurontin? None of these are narcotics. Out of all of them I think the only one that's generic & fairly cheap is Neurontin (gabapentin is the generic name). Its for nerve pain. If you haven't talked to your doc about these options I encourage you to do so. There are also other things to do to help with the pain like heat, gentle stretching, massage, Voltaren gel helps me- its prescription only & might be a bit pricey but a tube lasts a long time, others have found anti-inflammatory meds help like ibuprophen, Aleve, etc.
Taking a warm bath or even better a hot tub or even pool to float and feel a little weightless helps. I hope you don't have to go to the hospital! Feel free to ask me any questions. Feel better soon, there is hope! ~ Di
There is a trick to tramadol. You can't take it as needed, and chase the pain. You have to take it to prevent the pain. I find if I take mine every 6 hrs it helps fairly well. If you wait until you have pain to take it, it will never stop the pain. Also, how much tramadol did he order. I found 50 mg totally useless. I take 100 at a time. You can take up to 400 mg a day.
Make sure if you are getting the Neurontin/ Gabapentin (Generic name) to have them fill it under the generic brand. Also I am not sure what pharmacy you go to but your major pharmacies like;
Walmart & Walgreens & CVS almost all have the Gabapentin on there discount $ 4 month orr so list.
It will save you a ton of money also if you still nerf help paying for your medication you can do some research on Patient Assistance programs for your meds. Just search for Name Brand of the medication & add example "Neurontin Manufacturer patient assistance".
You can do this for any of your name brand medications & you will find most of three manufacturers have patient assistance programs.
I get about 10 of my medications for free this way. But the cost will depend on your income.
Also as far as how effective this med is for Fibro I have taken this med for about 15yrs & has worked well.
Your Dr. should start you out on a low dosage of this at first & usually increases your dosage on the 2nd-3rd week.
But you will not usually get the full therapeutic effect for 4 weeks usually. And it is best to take it three times a day.
Best of luck, Kathy
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