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My PM Dr.'s Appt., and what I Learned!
#11
I find every few months I have to change muscle relaxers, been on flexiral and skelaxin in the past.

Would the changing of muscle relaxers have anything to do with what Still In Limbo is posting about.

Also on the neurotin but it dosen't seem to help much anymore.
I wonder with the neurotin if it is time to change to another medication.

I am also on Loratab and only take if the pain is a 10+, mostly I try and go without pain medication.
 
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#12

Limbo....I have been lucky in that my Fibro doesn't make narcotics work very well, hence I take them very seldom. The Neurontin , Cymbalta, Klonopin have made the nerve pain tolerable but I am seeing my PCP next month about changing PM Dr.s so I can change my med routine as it's not doing it's job right now. I need an anti- inflammatory and muscle relaxer added. In my case I probably need a round of steroids which is my greatest help but cannot/do not like to take them because of my diabetes and yet my body is full of inflammation. I hope and pray this change works well for you. No one should have to live in this much pain and I do understand you fear because of your young age. God bless.


Bummer......I believe your Neurontin needs to be upped not stopped or changed. It;'s just that kind of drug.
 
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#13
Your young doctor sounds very helpful and in tune with the times...and yes, the med change makes sense to me.
I certainly hope you get new found relief !

LillySmile
Injured worker, & tired of it all! I'm too old for games!!

A careless word may kindle strife, a cruel word may wreck a life, a timely word may level stress, and a loving word may heal and bless!
 
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#14
Thanks Cap

My primary doctor writes the scripts for the meds I take and he never changes anything.

I shared with him this last visit that I felt the neurotin wasn't helping.

Not for sure what to do.

Course I am still waiting on the judge's decision on the back and more. Since the judge will be having surgery any day my file will end up in the stack on another judge's desk.
 
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#15
Bummer (OOPS! I Meant Cap., Sorry Bummer), the Neurontin is an Anti-Inflammatory, it was Originally Used for Patients with Severe Seizures, but they found it to be Very Effective with Helping Inflamed Nerves! Lyrica Helps also, but I Use Mine for Restless Leg Syndrome, and the 2 Work Well Together to Help Relieve My Inflammation, Hence Reduce My Pain! Thanks for the Better Wording Cycler, I am going to be Given the New ER Dosage, at 30mg. to See if it Will Help, I Hope it does, I need New Relief!! My Main Problem is that My Spine is Filled with Scar Tissue where they Removed the Half of My Disc, and it also Attached to My Crushed S1 Nerve Root, so My Spine and S1 Nerve are Basically Fused Together by the Scar Tissue, so Every Time I Swing My Right Leg, it Pulls on the Crushed Nerve Root, so as the Day Continues, My Pain Increases because My Nerve Becomes More and More Inflamed until it Places Me flat on My Back!! That May Help Others to Understand why the Other High Dosages of Pain Meds. Daily, I Refuse to Spend My Life Laying on My Back at Mid-Day every Day, I want to Walk for as Long as I Can!!!Wink
 
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#16
Limbo,

I totally understand what your talking about. In the beginning my meds were switched around until the proper combination that gave me the best relief was found. I have found that many people such as us with chronic pain have to take several meds (combinations) to get the relief that one med will not give alone.

In May I finally started with a PCP here in CA. I was due for one back in Jan., but was procastinating. I had been thru so many differant Drs. when I was still living back east, that I just needed a break from seeing any. My daughter reminded me that even though I did'nt want to deal with started a new Dr., that I must, I'm supposed to have my bloodwork done every 3 months due to the amount of meds that I take and high cholesterol and other problems. She suggested one for me that has a very friendly manor and knows his stuff.

So far I'm pleased with him. He is working on having me see a spine specialist up in Oregon, because there are'nt any closer. Until then he has been refilling my regular scripts that I take and also had to add Flonase for my sinuses being inflamed constantly, he called it rhinitis (I think). He also has been having me try 2 other meds for my stomach and intestinal problems and have been very happily surprised at the differance this is making. One of the meds is a probiotic.

I should not have put off getting a new Dr. set up. I did explain to him that I would like to not have to see several differant Drs. for my issues. He said that he will handle almost all of my issues, but when he saw the new X-ray of my cervical fusion and with my pain levels going higher, he wants the specialist to see me.

I only have one more Dr. to set up with, and that is an Opthamologist for my Glaucoma. My Dr. did suggest a local one. I need to have my pressures checked every 4 months to be certain that the drops are working, and again I have'nt done it since Oct.

I have always been the type to not go to the Dr. unless it was absolutly necesarry. When getting injured thru W/C and having to see so many Drs. I think that it made me worse about not wanting to go to them. With going thru the IME's and a differant Dr. for each body part, PT's, PM's and so on. I often wondered if other injured people who know that they , as my PM Dr. used to say, will need care for the rest of our lives to control the pain, get into a funk like I did and when moving or such don't want to start up with another Dr. again.

Sorry this got sooo long and was getting off topic, but it helped being able to vent it I guess.

Love
Vickie
 
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#17
Hi ....As a matter of fact I just had my Dr. change my meds and it seems to be working better for me. When I was first hurt I was on Vicodin and it helped some with the pain, after that was no longer effective they started to give me Percocet. It worked for quite awhile to help relieve the pain , but then just stopped. I asked the Dr. to change me back to Vicodin, instead of trying anything stronger or different, since some meds make me very sick. I just started to take the Vicodin again and I'm praying that it works for at least a while. I have seen this work on elderly patients in the past and thought it may help me so I guess we will see. At least the Vicodin doesn't make my head so boggled.....
GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PRESIDENT!
 
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#18
I Hope and Pray it Helps You Backache!! I know the Pain You are in, and You Need a Break My Dear!!Wink
 
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#19
Hi Limbo,
I been thinking about you lately with your new meds. Can you feel any difference in your pain yet or have you not had enough time for the meds to get setteled in and work? Send us an update if you have any news for us. I continue to pray for you everyday my friend. I am praying that you might have a better report for us with the med changes. Tell Ellen hello for me. God Bless and love y'all!

Cajun Hugssssssssssssss,
MJC
Lumbar Laminectomy L5 - S1, Lumbar Disectomy L 4 -5, Cervical Microdisectomy C-4 -5, Cervical Anterior Fusion C 4 -5, Cervical Anterior Fusion C 5 - 6, Lumbar Disectomy, Laminectomy and Foraminotmy L 3 - 4, Cryo Surgery Lumbar. --Ongoing Problems.. Permanently Totally Disabled.
 
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#20
Still......You are not suppose to know the pain I'm in.....I thought that I covered it pretty well from you. Usually Dave is the only one that can tell, and I feel sorry for him believe me..........The kids can't tell how much pain I'm in because I hide it from them. (Bull Headed German that I am.) The only reason you can tell is because of the incredible pain that you suffer every day. You are more intune to it than the others, my family members I mean. Now that Dave dislocated his shoulder, he looks at me and says "God how can you stand this every day". and I tell him " some days you almost get use to it, but you sure the heck don't want to".
GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PRESIDENT!
 
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