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Pain Management board

Hi! Everyone was so helpful about my uncle's pain med. question that I figured I'd ask one about my own situation too. :) I have chronic neck, shoulder, head, and upper back pain that radiates to my arms, ever since a neck injury about 2 years ago. WELL, I've tried everything for pain, ranging from Motrin to Neurontin. Along the way, we've found out that I'm allergic to Codeine, Percocet (I don't know why they tried me on Percocet after I told them I was allergic to Codeine... :dizzy: ), and Aleve. With Topomax I was really mean and couldn't sleep for 4 days straight. Neurontin was completely ineffective and made me gain weight. I'm allergic to Lyrica and got a rash all over my body, and Wygesic didn't work at all... the doctor also said that that was a horrible medicine because you can get addicted easily, but I had stopped taking it long before then anyway. I've also tried Zanaflex (muscle relaxer), which didn't really do much, and Flexeril (another muscle relaxer), which made my have like low blood pressure/faint. I've also tried Lidoderm patches, which just made my skin numb, but didn't help with the pain. I've done physical therapy, accupuncture, and most recently Botox injections into my shoulders... which all did NOTHING but make me worse.

With the exception of the Neurontin, Topomax, and Lyrica, I only took like 1 or 2 doses of the other ones (the narcotic ones) and stopped either because they weren't effective or I was allergic. Since Topamax obviously isn't an option, and neither if Lyrica, my neurologist wants to put me back on Neurontin, just a higher dose. I'm really not a fan of the whole "off-the-label" prescribing of medications, and especially not the anti-siezures/anti-depressants which are really mind-altering, as seen by the behavioral changes that the Topomax made me have.

My question is, are there any other medications that you can think of? I don't know if it's because I'm young or what (still in my late teens), but they won't prescribe any medications for PAIN. :confused: Are there like some serious risks associated with long-term pain medication use?