I am on day 3 now with a pain level of about 4 at the most. I am currently on the Fentanyl patch 50mcg/hr along with Skelaxin 800mg (3x a day) and I am feeling relief. So far this is the best relief I have received from any of the medications. I know the Fentanyl is 'calming' the nerve pain but the Skelaxin seems to be working. That is the only change in medications I have received so SOMETHING IS WORKING! Side effects I get is a little sleepy (well what else is new) and sometimes a little nausea from the Skelaxin (I feel it after I take the meds) but that is the worse of it, so far. I am not ready to jump up and shout, but this is the first time I have been without pain in over 3 months. Hope this helps bring hope to pain sufferers.
Metaxalone/Skelaxin - relief?
Added 12 Sep 2011:
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT. At one point I was seriously wondering how I would have to live with this pain for the rest of my life. I am not going to tell you where that though took me. Just to bring it down to a tolerable level is all that I asked from these doctors. My pain management team has changed doctors and the doctor that is treating me now is more aggressive. The other doctor I had would always say to me...I don't know what to do for you. I know he was a newbie in his field but I wanted him to at least try a different approach, which he tried. He called other doctors in for consults and this new doctor is taking over the pain management clinic. From what I understand, I am not a candidate for the pain pump or the Skeleton stimulator. He does not feel this would treat the pain enough. He understands the pain I am experiencing and is trying a new drug on the market (similar to Tramadol) Well he wasn't wrong with the Skelaxin so I have got to go with him so far.
I am seeing that the patch only lasts for two days vs three days and was not planning on being on the patch for the rest of my life but the patch along with the Skelaxin has seriously brought my pain levels down to a 4. I will take it! It is much better than the pain I was experiencing.
I have got to tell you all, you have been a wonder to me. I experience my own pain levels with other medical problems but you all have made me feel as though I was someone special. I know you all have medical issued you are dealing with and anything I can do to help, I will be glad to pass on. Thank you all for making me feel special, like a person, not a statistic, or a nut. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOU SPECIAL SUPPORT. YOUR TOP ACES WITH ME!
Hey mad man that is wonder news if I could jump up & down for you I would. People sometimes think we want pain reievers excuse my language for the the hell of it or to get high don't under stand when your pain is off the charts the relief of it dropping to a 4 is more comforting for us and brings us the joys in life we miss out on so I hope you keep on and you can enjoy life without the pain best wishes for pain free days litlmommag-
Hey MadMan: sorry that it took so long to answer you, but I am thrilled with your results!! I would go back to teaching if I only carried a four most days. That would be the best thing that ever happened to me.
I agree with all that the medical community is mainly arrogant, and they do NOT speak to one another. It is incredibly FRUSTRATING!! I had one pain doctor who would be insulted if you saw anyone else for a second opinion and if you complained about the amount of pain, he assumed that you were exaggerating. He was my third pain doctor in a very small town. I am with the last pain group here in town, and although I like my doctor very much, she does no procedures, and they can really help. I would love to get botox in my forehead, and wherever else to relieve the migraines, a spinal stimulator to relieve my lower and mid-back pain. (it doesn't cover from the shoulders down), and most important, I would LOVE for insurance to cover massage therapy. As it is now, I owe 1200.00 on physical therapy as nobody told me that I had reached my limit of 20 measly visits a YEAR!!! It is so frustrating! I live in FL where our Nazi governor (and I don't use that word lightly) has decided that we need a czar to take care of all the people who think that they can get pain meds just because "they have a little ache". He is having the attorney general who has much more important things to do if you ask me, campaigning all over the state on how to shut down "pill mills".
Now I know in south FL that is a problem, but not all over the state. We are going to have to be reported to the state as pain patients, and checked every time we get a script from out doctors, what is the script, and how much. They are not doctors, and they don't know what kind of pain I am in, but he thinks that he single handedly can wipe out addiction, which we all know is not OUR problem.
Enough of my ranting. Madman, I am so thrilled for you, you have no idea. Something works somewhere in the system!! That is so optimistic for me. Maybe in a few more years (it's already been 17), there will be an answer for others too! Have a wonderful pain free day.
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