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Old 05-12-2008, 10:17 AM   #1
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I completely commend you for being off opiates for day 10s! How great is that? Myself, I've been off of them for only 3 days now and finding it very difficult to fall and stay asleep. I called my Dr. today who recommended that I try Trazodone. So, I suppose I will give that a shot! I just do NOT want to go the route of narcotics again - unless surgery comes along for serious reasons, etc. I am a chronic back pain sufferer with a history of taking opiates to control the pain and twitching in my legs from herniated discs. The withdrawals from the pain meds are not THAT bad, but it's the pain that now needs to be addressed. I'm in a viscious circle here - either I stop the opiates completely and be in pain or I try to "handle" a minimum amount of pain meds - but then when I run out, it's back to this awful feeling that I have now. I feel your pain, and commend you again for being off opiates for almost 2 weeks! Great job! If anyone has any recommendations for what to use for chronic pain, without addictive properties, please reply. I've taken Celebrex, Neurontin, Topomax, Flexiril, etc. Non of that helped! Thanks!

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Old 05-13-2008, 02:51 PM   #2
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Re: Chronic Pain

Hello michael,

You can ask the doctor about Tramadol but I must warn you that it has mixed reviews.

Though the F.D.A. has not categorized it as addictive, I have heard some say otherwise.

Anything that you take for severe or chronic pain is probably going to have a potentially addictive quality to it.

This is why they reserve the opiods, etc., as a last resort.

As one doctor truthfully told me: "on one hand, we prescribe you these medications but on the other hand, your body becomes addicted and you may require larger doses eventually."

Take care.

Respectfully,

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