Re: I've tried so many pain meds and they aren't working anymore! Whats next?
I gave up on all meds (my pain is contstant and mild) and only occassionally take ibuprofen. The problem with meds is our bodys adjust and get used to them. You are post op? So I assume you can not get up and move around too much yet. Do what your doctor says and try new meds. Everyone reacts differently. I tried 10. For now I work on my diet, and I try to get as much time in warm (100 degree) water as possible. I also try to keep my mind distracted so I do not think about the pain. Hopefully you will find a nice mix of medication, relaxation, and non invasive modalities (massage, hydrotherapy (Hot tub), Spiritul/Meditation, Support Groups) to get your through until you heal.
I do use a varitey of supplements and foods to help some. I like Zyflamend from New Chapter (It's an herbal cox 2 inhibitor that works as good as OTC pain meds for me). I take tumeric, vitamin c, multi-vitamins, and a product called Berry Greens mixed into a protien shake. It's more complicated than that but you get the idea. Foods and supplements can help your body to help itself. It's not a quick fix. There are foods that trigger and increase pain and foods that help to reduce it. There is plenty of research online to help you select foods you like and may help you feel better. Just like Medications Foods and Supplements are Chemical in nature and your body will use them or disgard them. So don't discount the diet. It's amazing what certain foods can do in people. I quit drinking milk alltogether and my skin is much much clearer. And like Medications people react differently to different foods. I do not OVER supplement and I choose whole food supplements as opposed to synthetic supplements. As you learn and research you will find simple truths like all Vitamin E is not Vitamin E. Some are synthetic some are natural. If you have time to reasearch and read online this is a great place to start.
And like medications, because herbs to cause reactions in your body it is a good idea to work with a nutritionist and your doctor. Before I started I had my blood tested to see where I may be deficient. B Vitamins like B1 and B12 play a role in nerve problems so you don't want to just jump in and start taking them until you know what you need. I was very suprised to find out I had low sodium and slightly high calcium and magnesium. Even though I don't drink milk or eat cheese I still have high calcium (not out of range but higer than average). And you learn a ton about foods while researching, most people think that milk is a great source of calcium (and it is) but your body can't do much with it unless there is a proportional amount of magnesium. Anyways I'll shut up now, you get the idea. Make sure your nutritional intake is in balance.
Last edited by notpain; 12-05-2005 at 12:49 PM.