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Old 10-02-2010, 03:34 PM   #1
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Possible Drug Interaction?

Hi all -

I won't bore you with a long, drawn out story, but I've basically been having chronic low back pain for about 4 years - been thru every possible treatment you can think of - physical therapy, injections, massage, pain meds, over the counter meds and topical creams, etc. The only thing that has given me relief is the injections, but very temporarily. My neck pain/tension is on an on-again, off-again basis - I think maybe I spend too much time on the computer, between looking for a job and being on here and facebook!

A physiatrist has recently said that there is the possibility of fibromyalgia - my primary told me the other day that she does not like to prescribe Lyrica because of too many side effects. The physiatrist gave me a prescription for Percocet (generic oxycodone) - I took one yesterday morning before work, as I started getting a bad headache/neckache Thursday afternoon and still had it yesterday morning . . . about 3 hours after taking the percocet, I still felt like crap, so I took 2 aleve . . . I started feeling sweaty/clammy and really tired about an hour after the aleve - went to bed at 2 pm yesterday afternoon and slept off and on until 6:30 this morning - financial stress isn't helping and I assume is causing some of my physical pain - just depressed and tired of the pain - guess my questions are 1) could the aleve have been a bad mix with the percocet, and 2) has anybody been in my shoes (I also have hip and low back/si joint pain on a daily basis.

Thank you,
Bonnie

 
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Re: Possible Drug Interaction?

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Hi all -

I won't bore you with a long, drawn out story, but I've basically been having chronic low back pain for about 4 years - been thru every possible treatment you can think of - physical therapy, injections, massage, pain meds, over the counter meds and topical creams, etc. The only thing that has given me relief is the injections, but very temporarily. My neck pain/tension is on an on-again, off-again basis - I think maybe I spend too much time on the computer, between looking for a job and being on here and facebook!

A physiatrist has recently said that there is the possibility of fibromyalgia - my primary told me the other day that she does not like to prescribe Lyrica because of too many side effects. The physiatrist gave me a prescription for Percocet (generic oxycodone) - I took one yesterday morning before work, as I started getting a bad headache/neckache Thursday afternoon and still had it yesterday morning . . . about 3 hours after taking the percocet, I still felt like crap, so I took 2 aleve . . . I started feeling sweaty/clammy and really tired about an hour after the aleve - went to bed at 2 pm yesterday afternoon and slept off and on until 6:30 this morning - financial stress isn't helping and I assume is causing some of my physical pain - just depressed and tired of the pain - guess my questions are 1) could the aleve have been a bad mix with the percocet, and 2) has anybody been in my shoes (I also have hip and low back/si joint pain on a daily basis.

Thank you,
Bonnie
Hi Bonnie. I checked and found no bad interactions between the two meds, tho of course, there is always the exception.

I wonder if you have seen a spine specialist about what is going on with your neck, and what they recommended to you? Have you had MRI, C scan, etc? What exactly is your diagnosis?

I assume you have been in pain management without getting a lot of help. It might be time to get a second opinion about what is going on with you. Since I haven't been here in quite a while until recently, I don't know your story, so can't offer much more than my sympathy and understanding.

I've had chronic pain for about 27 years now and been under the care of several doctors until I found an Orthopedic Spine Specialist who has been a Godsend. I've also found a different pm doc who had helped me over the last 5 years, tho things in my back have deteriorated quite a bit and I will now have to have my 7th lumbar surgery. So I really do understand the stress of continuous pain and tight finances as well....along with family problems and all the rest of the stressors in life. I'm on an antidepressant and have been on lyrica about a year with no side effects to speak of. Started with 75 mg. daily, then went to twice daily and now am at 3 a day. Really helps with the nerve pain.

I do hope you find the help you need soon.

Carol

 
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