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Old 03-20-2005, 01:18 PM   #1
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diclofenac - lower back pain

hello all,

i have lower back pain and am prescribed diclofenac and co=dydramol.

my injuries were caused by a car accident some time ago and i have been on various drugs which basically stop working after some time. i am told by my GP (im in england) that diclofenac and ibuprofen are the only drugs i can be prescribed now.

is there anyone else in the UK that is prescribed anything other than diclofenac or ibiprofen for lower back pain and related symptoms? i.e leg pains, shoulder pains etc.

and

is there anyone else around the world who gets prescribed different drugs for the same things? if you are not in the UK could you please tell me where you are in the world. thanks.

 
Old 03-20-2005, 01:56 PM   #2
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Re: diclofenac - lower back pain

well i live in the uk and am on tramadol and naproxen i think your doc is fobbing you off i personnally do not now your current situation and diognosees if you have been diognosed please fill me in i am yet to be diognosed as to what my condition may be but have tryed and been on so many tablets i was on co-dydrammol 12months ago for a short while also about 20 months ago when my pain first started at first when my injury happend they did work for me but was taken off them cus it had made my farmer gyles worst i was then put on codiene n then when none of them worked and my condition got worst i was put on tramadol which i am currently waiting to be reviewed to have them changed for a stronger one as i am currently immune to them please feel free to exsplain your current situation with me and i will be able to unstand the situation and offer my advice

 
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Old 03-20-2005, 02:03 PM   #3
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Re: diclofenac - lower back pain

Hi there in England,

I'm in the Southern part of the United States. Sorry you are having to suffer for so much time. Has your GP not referred you to either a neuro or ortho spine specialist? What specifically does the GP say the problem is as a result of the accident? Answers to those and perhaps diagnostic tests done and the results can better help people with suggestions, based on what they have gone through.

If you don't have to be referred by the GP, you might consider setting an appointment to see a spine speciaist on your own. You are right that after a time, some meds loose their effectiveness as you build up tolerance. However, if there is a compressed nerve, it can continue to give you problems unless the compression is released, and when you say for some time, what is that? Truly, depending on how badly the compression is and how long it remains compressed will have an impact on the chances for the nerve to recovery. The longer one goes, the chances can drop, as you may notice from posts that I've made.

As far as medications I don't know what all you have tried. I currently use Ultram, which there is also Ultracet which uses less of the active ingredient and is mixed with tylenol. The Ultracet didn't work for me, but for those it helps, the impact is suppose to be the same as the Ultram. I use it because it doesn't run the greater risk of addiction that say percocet or some other meds may have. I also use prescription Lododerm 5 percent patches which I can place directly on the spot. You wear them 12 hrs and then off 12, but get about 24 hrs relief. As with all meds, some work better for one than for others, but these two meds let me function and I underwent a 10 level fusion of my spine in December. You may wish to speak with your doctor and see if one of these medications might be something they would consider for you.

I do hope you get some relief in the near future. Don't hesitate to let us know how you are doing and any progress you make in your condition.

 
Old 03-20-2005, 05:23 PM   #4
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Re: diclofenac - lower back pain

[QUOTE=needles]hello all,

i have lower back pain and am prescribed diclofenac and co=dydramol.

my injuries were caused by a car accident some time ago and i have been on various drugs which basically stop working after some time. i am told by my GP (im in england) that diclofenac and ibuprofen are the only drugs i can be prescribed now.

is there anyone else in the UK that is prescribed anything other than diclofenac or ibiprofen for lower back pain and related symptoms? i.e leg pains, shoulder pains etc.
[/QUOTE]

Diclofenac is the drug that is the most helpful to me. I have a bulging disk and facet problems. I tried every anti-inflammatory known to man. The problem with them is that they stop working many times after you have been on them for a while.

Bobi

 
Old 03-21-2005, 12:03 AM   #5
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Re: diclofenac - lower back pain

Hi Needles

Welcome to the Boards.


I used diclofenac. Now use I use the one that also has potassium in it.

It's really an anti inflamitory med. I am not in the UK - I am in the U.S.
I'm also on Hydrocodone, Neurontin & Oxycontin for pain.

I'm sorry I don't know of meds in the UK.
Just wanted to welcome you & wish you well.

BionicWitch

Last edited by Bionicwan; 03-21-2005 at 12:09 AM.

 
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