... diagnosed with bulging discs from L3- S1, arthritis in my back as well as nerve problems from bulging discs. i have taken hydrocodon 5-500 and didn't like the side affects mood swings. I went to a pain management doc on 5/26/11 and got ultram 50mg .I have only taken 17 and was told to stop because they didn't do anything for pain and caused me to feel depressed and very tired. I have taken lyrica 150mg 2x a day and am using lidocaine patch . I am getting a cortisone shot on 6/6/11 . Has this helped anyone and for how long? What pain meds have helped anyone ? If this doesn't work what is the next step? Thanks to all for any answers
The cortisone shots may help. I have had numerous shots in my foot and they helped for a while (several months). Then I had to get another one. This last one has lasted the longest, it has been 6 months.
The arthritis may respond well to a medication called Celebrex, it is a type of non steroidal anti inflammatory. I take it for my arthritis and it really helps. You might also think about a medication called Cymbalta. It is actually an antidepressant that is prescribed for nerve pain as well. The side effects at first are a little annoying, but that generally goes away in the first couple of weeks.
Are you still taking the Lyrica?
You can always call your doctor to call in a scrip for Lyrica - it is not an addictive drug. Gabapentin is another drug that works on nerve pain - like if you have pinched nerves from your buldging discs. Finally, if there is a pool near you, ask them if they offer exersize classes in the pool, especially one for Arthritis - that is one of the best things you can do that is not pill related.
I can honestly understand I caught a fall in February and fracture 4 vertebraes and messed a disk up in my neck that also bothered my back, I take medicine for chronic pain to start with but after this happened my medicine wasn't helping the pain, I was changed from Dilaudid to Opana once I was put on the Opana and a combination of using Ibuprofen and then switched to prescription strength Narprosyn things begin to improve, Pain medicines don't always work the same nor are the best in every situation drugs like the Lyrica and those that Laurie mentioned sometimes do a very effective job, I have discovered the shots work for a little while and then it does not seem to me that remain effective and another thing after so many injections the doctors are not comfortable giving repeated doses of Cortisone.
It is my sincere hope that you find a medication or a series of medicationes that you are comfortable taking and that they also are effective in managing your pain. I wish you the very best Caringsonbj (Billy)
My husband has RA too and I know how bad the pain can be and then it starts to work on your nerves. He saw an RA doc who put him on Methatrexate, he takes it 1 x wk in pill form or it comes in injections you can take 1 xwk. He had a reaction to the injections so the put him bac on the pills. Its not a pain pill. He had tried alot of meds before this one. Now before he got really bad Celabrax worked good for a while. But you might talk to your doc about this med and see what they say. You may not need any pain meds if you get on ther right medication for the RA. My huband doesn't take pain meds he is already crippled up, hands and fingers turning and the big knots. Please keep us informed.
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