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Jan 29, 2015 10:31 AM

I'm 17 years old and the doctors have prescribed me with co dytamol? Or something with a similar name does anyone know if there is something with the same strength that can't be addictive( my mum thinks I'll become a druggy if i take it) I have arthritis and spondilosis in my spine and back so wanted to know if I could take Anything or do anything to ease the pain. Thanks

Jan 29, 2015 10:57 AM

Hi, Alice... Sorry you have such pain causing conditions at such a young age. If you've tried anti infammitories, over the counter pain relievers, physical therapy, heat/cold, massage, biofeedback, etc.. There aren't too many thing left except acupuncture, acupressure, using a naturopathic doctor, supplements, good diet, etc.. When all else is exhausted, then, unfortunately you need to go to stronger meds. Understand, the way you become addicted to pain meds is taking too much. See, if your pain level is at a 5 and you take meds strong enough for a level of 8 or more, you're going to get that high feeling and euphoric, etc. If your meds are in level with your pain, it takes the edge (or more) off and you don't have those effects. Now, everyone is different, but this is how it was explained to me by several doctors and it seems to be the case. I've been on meds for 16 years or more and I'm not a druggie, so tell your Mum to try and not worry too much. I hope this has been somewhat helpful. Welcome to the group and, good luck, Alice.

Jan 29, 2015 8:26 PM

Hi Alice, AlwayZ has given very good advice. I reserve my Rx pain med for when my pain is real high, especially if its at bedtime. I have osteoarthritis all through my body and fibromyalgia, with many other issues. But in regards to the arthritis, I use a Rx of Voltaren gel. Its not long lasting, typically 3-4 hours, but it helps along with Tylenol Arthritis OTC. I have many med allergies so most heavy paineds aren't an option for me, therefore I've learned to tolerate a lot of pain. I've had many surgeries and I always go to x-strength tylenol by the 3-5 day... Except when they did foot surgery & my last which was 5 in 1 surgery. Those I was on stronger stuff 2 weeks. If you try to focus on good things it helps you feel your pain less, like music, art, reading etc. Good luck, God bless & I'll be praying for you.

Jan 30, 2015 6:11 AM

Thankyou both of you, I've had a back problem for 5 years and I've only started getting really bad pain which is leaving me even struggling to walk on some days so taking this medication is helping a lot I'll try the other pain reliefs you have mentioned.

Jan 30, 2015 11:13 PM

I have spondylosis, too. It started right at about the age you are now. When I was 16, I talked to the doctor about it and got my first round of PT. PT does help. Exercise (I know you'll hate me 😊) is important (though it's not like I do much). Muscles try and cover for bone problems, but if it's the wrong muscle or the muscle is weak, it ends up painful as well.

I started opiates at 22 or 23. I regret it. Although I take very little, and only take it when I need it, I know tolerance can develop, and the opiate can make the pain threshold lower and increase the pain--all this requires one to take more to relieve pain. I'm also left wondering if, on days like today--when I have taken nothing--if the joint pain I have (ankles, knees, hips, wrists) is from withdrawal.

The thing that really helped me was radio frequency ablation. The first time it was done, it was done wrong and ended up incredibly painful. Got a new doctor and tried again. People have widely varying results from RFA--I know that if I had known about it earlier in my life, I would have done it a log time ago. It requires a good pain doc/anesthesiologist.

Jan 31, 2015 8:48 AM

StarryNight, What type of doctor does the RFA? Its something I've not tried. My lower legs, feet, & hand muscle draw tight in cramps every night when I'm trying to go to sleep.

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