What does everyone do for pain relief? I've been on Norco but it barely touches the pain and my MD changed me from every four hours to every six hours which is just stupid. Now my life is breakthrough pain. I finally got a referral to a pain specialist and I want to know what works for people? Advil and Aleve do nothing for me. Eventually I hope to be on a Biologic that will take away the pain, then I can go off those meds, but in the meantime I have ZERO quality of life.
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I have had this more than 55 yrs. I use Norco 4 times a day. I am also on biologics. Honestly warm water helps the best. Prednisone helps. Because of the people who abuse pain meds doctors are scared to death of
prescribing pain meds. My rheumy told me in a joyous voice: we must have pain, it is the bodys way of telling us something is wrong.
After all this time I am smart enough to tell you something is wrong. I am quite positive my test results and your visual observation has told you this also. Please help me survive this.
Have been dealing with r/a for 7 years. Ive tried multiple protocols including methotrexate and humira with bad results. Currently have been introduced to Dr. McDougall program and am having amazing results. Am pretty deformed but my pain level has dropped immensely. Been on it for 2 months now and am so excited for advancements. Its not easy but so worth the effort!
I am going to pain management. I am on the Fentanyl patch and am using a little Narco. I am on a Biologic and DMAR and still pain may persist. Taking care of my stomach while doing pain management is very important. After two infusions I had a abscessed col;on and bleeding ulcers. TAKE CARE of YOUR STOMACH.
I've been on biologics for years and they have not been helpful in relieving the pain
My original Rheumy monitored me carefully re spinal stenosis, fibro, OA, arthritis and RA (which was not as symptomatic then). He prescribed Cymbalta, Gabapentin, muscle relaxer, and oxycodone, I think. At that time, I only used the pain pills sporadically. Then, I couldn't afford to travel to see him almost 2 yrs. When spinal stenosis pain hit the roof, I saw local pain mgmt doc and worked into round the clock Oxy15 and Valium. I kept a written schedule of when each was due so I would never OD by accident. Long story short, I went into delirium, was taken to ER, they sent me home, 10 days later (continued delirium), I was transported back to hospital, had heart attack in ambulance, in ICU on respirator unresponsive and with staph pneumonia (probably from ER visit), had blood transfusion, and then needed p/t and lengthy rehab. Nurse said in hospital that medical marijuana was providing great alternative for chronic pain patients where legal. I am now back with my orig Rheumy, and have gone through all tests, including Vectra DA, and awaiting ins response as to whether they will approve a biologic. I'm scared to death to take pain meds except Aleve, and of course that has its limits. Wish medical marijuana would be legalized for chronic pain sufferers nationwide soon.