I continue to run the clean and sober trail. I have a question on what others have done in this situation. I have another dental appt on Monday and it's more than likely going to invilve some sort of surgical procedure in the long run. What types of meds are best for controlling pain when opiates are a no no???
thanks in advance !
What would you do?
Hi Sweet Runner,
I read somewhere that someone had dental work done and they used the local anesthesia and went home with extra strength ibuprophen. They said it did the trick. I am not sure if it would work for me, but I would definitely ask for ANY alternative!! I am afraid if you take even 2 or more it may actually cause you to suffer some sort of withdrawal feelings. :( Unfortunately, due to how recently you got off of them, I think your body would attack it more so than if, say, you had been off of them for a year.
Please anybody else, if you have ideas of have experienced this, chime in as I would like to know the answer to this also.
Always a concern of ours!
Love ya, rm!
Dear RM... See if dentist will write u script for 800 mg. Ibuprofen. This is prescription strength. It works well. There is one other NSAID that I would recommend if that does not relieve the pain. It is another NSAID, prescription only, called Toradol. In my opinion it works better than many opiates in relieving pain minus the "high.". The only drawback is that Toradol can only be used for 10 days because it is very hard on the tummy. If you have an ulcer or other GI issues where there is erosion, etc., Toradol is a contraindication. But it works great for short term use.
Also, ask your dentist to use Marcaine with epinephrine as the local anesthetic injection instead of novacaine or lidocaine. Marcaine with epi will get you 10 hours of relief post procedure. You may need to call ahead to ask them about Marcaine. Although most dentists,have it in stock it still wouldn't hurt to ask. Marcaine is a long acting local anesthetic.
Also... some dentists might not know about Toradol. You may want to ask in advance for this also. It should not b a problem because it is not a controlled substance.
Anyway RM... good luck. I am so proud of you. You are getting stronger by the day. Keep it up!!!
I hope this helps...
I'll chime in with the 'Toradol'. If you can eat something with it. If that's not an option, because of dental work, how about one of those drink/meals like Boost. I'm not sure if you know it by another name. I think it would do the trick about coating your stomach, so to speak. You also might want to try going between the two, so your system doesn't get used to either one. MAKE SURE there is NO interaction before you do any combos please!
You can also use the gel you put on your gums/teeth. That, combined with your non-narcotic pain med will hopefully see you through all this.
Good luck to you, R/M. You've got a crowd of well wishers here!
keep in touch with us, OK?
If I've repeated anyone else's answer, sorry. Sometimes I quicky read over the responses and don't always take in everything. Sentiments still the same!
Hi ya runner - Just wanted to say that, since being on the sober trail, as you say, I've had root canals, major dental surgery & the routine cleanings and fillings... never needed a single opiate. My dentist, who knows my story, says she has rarely seen a case where anyone really needed opiates after having the local anesthesia and work performed... maybe she was just trying to "root" me on... hee hee... but, I know that people who don't "think" like I do, have never taken pain meds, other than Ibuprofen, and in some cases have lived their entire lives without an opiate... yikers. Hats off to them. Good luck:) Jillian
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