Hi Everyone I am new to this, so if I say or do something wrong I am sorry now, PLEASE let me know and I will not do it again.
I have been in backpain for about 20 years and have had all the tests done, nothing can help except pain medications. Yes I have done all the treatments and the Doc. can do nothing about it.
I have am on Lyrica pgn75-ultram-and percocet 10..I have been on cylabrex (sp?), Vicodin Es and other milder pain meds.
nothing works, Yes it dulls the pain, but it is still almost unbearable.
My question is.
I need to know what other pain meds to discuss with my doc.
Please help me
What is your diagnosis ? There are tons of medications that are strong enough to put a smile on a dying mans face but that is a very slippery slope my friend. You are probably aware of this. After enduring twenty years of back pain I would question if it may be the time to treat the problem rather than the symptoms as scary as that is.-----ms1
Be careful suggesting other pain meds to your doc. This is sometimes viewed as drug seeking, unless you have a real good relationship with your physician.
I go by the pain scale and I have set up an agreement with my doc that if we can get my pain to a steady 5 out of 10 (10 being the worst pain imaginable), that's a goal I can live with. So each time we meet I indicate how I'm doing against that scale and my goal of 5. If my pain is above 5 then my doc tries something new. It might be a dose escalation, another medication, or another modality altogether (e.g. shots of various kinds, etc).
If possible, let your doc be the one to suggest new drugs.
That is what I am saying in my post. there is no treatment I have tried. They can not fix the problem. I is in my disc in my lower back and I was told by my sur. Docs. that it can not be fixed. I do want to fix the problem but they cannot
Last edited by LauraAlice; 10-22-2007 at 09:36 AM.
I would suggest increasing the medications that you are currently on like the Lyrica. I take 600mg which is the max dose as far as I know. I have only seen one other person on here that was on a little higher dose. You can go up to 400mg on the ultram. Another drug to try is Cymbalta which is used for nerve pain/depression. It works for alot of people even though it did not work for me.
You really should be on a long-acting med (such as oxycontin), and a short-acting med (such as percocet) for your chronic pain. Are you seeing a pain management specialist? You have been in pain for a long time, and this should have been suggested sooner. If you can tolerate the percocet, and it works for your pain, the oxy will help too. See a PM specialist if you aren't already. You are on two short-acting meds (percocet and ultram), and that is not a good plan long term.