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Pain Management board

Dear Pain Research,

I use Tegretol (carbamazepine) 200 mg 3 times a day. This is the one I can tolerate. I've been placed on Dilantin, Depakote, Depakene, Neurontin, and Phenobarbital. Dilantin whacked me out. Depakote and Depakene seemed like some sort of placebo. Neurontin, which obviously helps a great many patients, did nothing for me. And, Phenobarbital...well, let's just say that I was exceptionally relaxed. This made it difficult to teach school. (Although, I wholeheartedly believe that most teachers deserve some sort of medical intervention.)

As for muscle relaxants, I have tried Valium, Skelaxin, Parafon Forte, Norflex, and Flexeril. Valium made me think I was floating near the ceiling while looking down at myself--mildly amusing, but not practical. Skelaxin did nothing for me. Parafon Forte and Norflex weren't worth the trouble--they made my mouth terribly dry, which was the good part. Flexeril works the best for me. Flexeril, by the way, comes in two strengths: 10 mg and 5 mg. I don't know if this matters, but I think I read that Flexeril is chemically related to Elavil (amitriptyline). I don't need muscle relaxants like I once did, thank goodness.

Nonetheless, the anti-convulsant and/or muscle relaxant courses of action appear to be a regular part of the pain management to-do.

As for your doctor being irritated with you for not tolerating anti-convulsants and muscle relants, I have a stiff and stern suggestion for him or her--but I might lose my membership here if I state it. Just use your imagination to figure out what I mean.

I understand the concern about your doctor thinking you're not trying enough with the medication classes you mentioned. It is awful to have the fear of losing your opiate Rx added to the pain itself (because the doc thinks you are not trying hard enough). Vent here as often as you need. We completely understand. EVEN THOUGH IT IS EXPENSIVE, A GOOD INVESTMENT (AT LEAST FOR ME) IS A COPY OF THE PHYSICIANS' DESK REFERENCE--COMMONLY CALLED BY ITS INTITIALS. THE "PDR". That way, you can read up on how "different" the medications really are!

Let us know how you are progressing!

Jon (Conductor)

P.S. To answer your opening question: No, it is not just you!!