I have been told predisone can be used for RA .is that true and does it work? my doc has me on percocets and 800 motrin. I just hate the way I feel when I take percocets it does help the pain and the motrin works .there has to be another medication I can take other than percocets.I tried tramadol and I get migraines. Is there anything that works?
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Hi Michaela, (I like your name).
I take Lyrica 100 for nerve pain two to three times a day. Several years ago I was on the maximum dose 150 mg. three times a day, but it made me pretty sedated (in combination with my other meds) and sleepy. It's the only medication that i know of that works directly with nerves. For joint and generalized severe pain, I take Zohydro ER 40 mg. twice daily (12 hrs apart). It's pure hydrocodone without Tylenol. It's long acting. For me, it works for 11 hours pretty well. I take it early in the AM, at 6 or 7AM and the other 11 to 12 hours later. I also take Hydrocodone 10mg/325 Tylenol (Acetomenephen). It's for breakthrough pain. I take one dose about every other day mostly when my level of activity is very high or I happen to need to sit for over an hour in a car. Sitting is the worst position for me. These meds have been prescribed by my pain specialist. The manufacturer of Zohydro ER has finally, this month, made it impossible for druggies to change into it's pure form. I'm hoping the major pharmacies in my local area will warehouse it. Until now they refuse to dispense it or house it in their warehouses. They rebelled against the manufacturer despite it's efficacy. About a year ago I asked my pain specialist why I haven't built up a tolerance to the Hydrocodone meds. I was surprised. He told me Hydrocodone is not very physically addictive. Most people don't develop a physical tolerance. The problem with addicts is that they develop a mental tolerance, want to get "high" on a larger amount or their endorphines don't kick in any more. He said. The reason I've been on the smae dosage for about five years is I'm not an addict! Lol. One reason my doc wanted me to take Zohydro was because it doesn't contain Tylenol. Chronic use of Tylenol made my liver enzymes go up. Apparently, it's very common. Remember the big scare about Tylenol and the public. Well, I'm witness to it. Lol. Good thing they make the long acting Hydrocodone without Tylenol now. It's been a lifesaver. Personally, I think there's no reason to go one level up on the pain meds, like taking Fentanyl patch. I'm glad I'm
stable on these meds. I don't know what I would do if I had to go through life without the ability to be active or exercise. My Rheumatologist is very happy with my progress. He attributes it to my high level of activity. My circulation is excellent and it helps reduce side effects, metabolic (kidney and liver) problems and aids with mobility/flexibility. In general the course of this disease has been halted because of my activity level and the RA meds. My good circulation from being active helps metabolize the RA meds. I only have mild fatigue as a side effect of three RA meds. Methotrexate, Sulfazine and Humira once a week. So, that's it. Thanks for asking :)
Great! @ TerryThomson.
I, for the life of me don't understand why doctors prescribe prednisone for long term treatment. There are so many other meds available. I understand it's use in short term, but for long term I think it's too damaging to the body as a whole. Especially what it does to the connective tissue, weakening it and such. I have experienced too many people and patients with eroded joints, vertebrae, lung tissue damaged and the immune system in general damaged from prednisone.. Yes, it helps with pain, but at what cost! It's not worth it to me.
I think you've done a good thing.
I have been given prednisone to help with a big flare but only for 10 days with a count down. I felt like my old self and wished I could stay on it. but my Rheumatologist doesn't like the long term effects/side effects. I have been on Celebrex and Methotrexate for years and just recently came off the methotrexate now that I am on xeljanz. I was on Humira for several years. I take 2 Tylenol Arthritus and a Celebrex a day and that usually holds me unless I am doing a lot of heavy walking, farm work etc. If I need more pain relief. I have Tramadol, which is now on the restricted list, and I can take another Celebrex. I try to make the most of life with the least pain meds
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