i need something for my fibro and arthritis, cant take nsaids or asprin, im lost, been in alot of pain..i tried the patches, some work others dont do a thing.. in pain all the time. any help please!
Doctors have a legitimate concern for any person who comes to them for narcotic meds. ANY patient runs the risk of becoming addicted, even when legally prescribed for legitimate pain. Fortunately, there are many medications that are not narcotic (i.e., not addictive) that would help to treat the fibro and/or arthritis. Here's the listing from this forum.
For Arthritis: https://www.drugs.com/condition/rheumatoid-arthritis.html
Stay away from the addictive meds, such as opiate narcotics or benzodiazepenes, if at all possible. The risk of addiction is quite high when a person is being treated for an on-going chronic pain condition, so it is always best to stay clear of them, when other (safer) meds are available.
What kind of rapport do you have with your doctor and what kind of doctor are you seeing. Unfortunately, thanks to the abusers and addicts, Fibromyalgia patients today get a bad rap. We get labeled addicts and abusers when all we are after is relief from legitimate pain. Some of which, for many, is unbearable pain. I get my pain meds. quite easily. I have a Rheumatologist and a Pain Management Specialist that are understanding and kind. They are sympathetic and they know I need my medication. They prescribe within limits..My suggestion to you is to approach your doctor honestly. Explain to the doctor that you have tried the conventional over the counter pain relievers including the nsaids and aspirin and tylenol. That you have tried the different patches and that your pain has escalated to a level that is not being relieved by these measures. You can remind the doctor that your condition is complicated by your Arthritis. But your doctor should know your history. Ask if there is some other medication that you can try. If your doctor is hesitant to prescribe, ask for a referral to a pain management doctor who will be able to work with you. I hope I helped. Take Care,
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