My PM doc prescribed 200mg ER Nucynta twice a day. I have disc herniations at L4/L5 and S1. Neuropathy and sciatic pain down my left leg. Was on 15mg ER Morphone twice a day and Percocet 5mg-325 three times a day. No relief. Any advice for this newbie on Nucynta?
In my case no, I took Nucynta for 2 years. 50mg 3 times a day. I was a walking Zombie. I slept 75% of the day away along with sleeping all night long. I basically have 2 years of my life that I can't even remember most of it. When I decided that I didn't want to take the medicine anymore, I asked my Doctor for help. He said just stop taking it. Well I went into full withdrawal symptoms. I went back to him for help and basically was told there was nothing he could do. (Pain Management Dr) My Psychiatrist saw what was happening to me and was able to get me into a rehabilitation center for help. I ended up being there for 10 days. This was 3 years ago. I still have pain every day. But I have my mind, meaning I am not drugged out. I am hear mentally for my grandson and can remember everything about him. I may not be able to physically do all I want to with him but at least I will have all my memories. The problems I have are a bulging disc between L4-L5 that pushes on my sciatic nerve. I have arthritis in my back and my knees. I have carpal tunnel in my wrists from years of computer work. And finally I have Fibromyalgia and I suffer from chronic migraines. Pain for me is a daily battle but now I only take Tramadol and Gabapentin and Topamax and Flexeril and Relpax for migraines. Nothing habit forming. All I can say is do what is best for you. Take care and God Bless!
Each person is different, of course, but tapentadol has been a life changer for me! I was taking 5 10/325 Norco per day and it had stopped working. Went to a pain management doc, we talked about lots of options, and I decided to try Nucynta (tapentadol). Within days I was a new girl! Fully active, able to do my very physically demanding job (brewing beer) without issue, and even restarting my social life because pain was no longer my constant companion.
I hope it helps you, and if not, that you find something to help with the pain. I know how utterly overwhelming it is.
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