I have a bulged disc. I was taking tramadol. then I started celexa. So my doctor put me on norco. Decided to remove me from norco and add gapetin. what a mess. I took myself off celexa and seizure meds. went back to tramadol again. Now she wants me to make an appointment for tramadol again. I have had pain for seven and better yrs. I am not ready for back surgery. I do have say in my medical treatment.
To an extent you have a say. You can refuse to take something they prescribe but they can refuse to write a prescription for something you ask for.
I find gabapentin very helpful for nerve pain. Seizure meds effect the nervous system so when you think about it it makes perfect sense.
Heads up. "taking yourself off and putting yourself on" may cause your Dr to fire you, as it's blatant self-medicating, and Drs frown on this greatly. Just a word of advice. Oh, and when it comes to prescriptions, especially for anything pain related, I beg to differ, these days more than ever we have little to no say and attempting to "tell" a Dr what to prescribe could also be met with an unpleasant conclusion.
Hi, most medications can be used for secondary reasons off label. For example, i take Lyrica (which is used to treat seizures) for anxiety, and it works really well. I was in your position in the past (prolapsed discs in my back) and i was prescribed Amitriptyline (primarily a tricylic antidepressant) , which eased my pain and helped me to sleep through it. It can be used safely long term. An option for you maybe?
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