problem with headaches from MS CONTIN?
Hi there...I have been in chronic pain for about 6 years now and I think the chronic pain docs have finally got me stabilized to a level that I can manage on (no perfect, but I can live with it). I currently take 60 mg MS contin twice daily, and 50 mg Topamax twice daily (for my sciatic nerve pain...has been VERY helpful by the way!), as well as 10 mg of oxycodone as needed for breakthrough, although I don't need it as often anymore, maybe once per day. I have been on this regime for about 3 months and it seems to work fairly well, keeping the pain managable, without making me too sleepy and dopey to function, HOWEVER, I have developed chronic headaches ever since I started on the MS Contin....I never had them before on any other meds, just the MS Contin. The headaches are always the same intensity and always there. The Pain Docs flipped me back to my Family doctor to rule out anything with my head so we did a CT and everything is fine, so we came to the conclusion that is probably the MS contin causing the headaches....has anyone else experienced this?????? I am convinced that this is the cause. The bigger problem for me, is that the only thing that gives me any relief from the headaches is Tylenol 3's with codiene, which they don't want to give me because I am already on a narcotic.......I don't know what to do because I am at the point that I can't stand the headaches anymore, but it took so long to find the right meds to stabilize my back pain (from l4-S1 fusion with l4, l5 disc replacement - 3 surgeries total, sciatica), that I am afraid to mess around with the pain meds.
Has anyone else experienced headaches on MS Contin???? Any suggestions as to what I could do???
Thanks very much.