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Jun 08, 2016 6:54 PM

Has anyone ever tried a long term anti anxiety medication for chronic pain? My pt recommended that I might try that since my pain worsens with stress. Also considering acupuncture and Rolfing..

Jun 08, 2016 7:35 PM

I guess I have. I take Amitryptilene, Paxil, Lyrica and naproxen and have for several year. The combo lets me stand for about 12-15 minutes longer on a good day. I have severe nerve in back and hips and leg.
I am so sorry you have had to stop doing what you love. Chronic pain is such a difficult road to travel. Medications don't seem to work too well with nerve pain. I try to get my mind in the right place by distraction and exercise and meditation.
Welcome, I am sending you positive thoughts. ( spellcheck wrote trouts, lol) 🌷

Jun 08, 2016 7:43 PM

Thank you. I don't want others to be experiencing pain, but it is comforting to know I'm not the only one. I have not had luck with medications either. I've been on naproxen in the past. Also gabapentin, which only made me tired. I currently take tramadol, 50 mg in the afternoon/ night. I try to go as long as I can throughout the day without taking it. I wouldn't sleep if I didn't take it. I've been taking it since November of last year. My doc recommended baclofin? But has sketchy side effects. I'm really not into the idea of taking more drugs. And it doesn't sound promising.

Jun 08, 2016 11:25 PM

I have and have think it helps. I've been on it so long I can't quite remember how effective it was initially. It wasn't a miracle drug addition but this combo I'm on all together works pretty well

Jun 08, 2016 11:27 PM

Is there a particular med they recommend? I remember having to switch to find one that didn't give my unpleasant side effects such as nausea and horrible stomach pain, dizziness etc.

Jun 08, 2016 11:47 PM

No I have not been to my pcp. It is just something that the physical therapist recommended I ask my doctor about. What is the combo you're on?

Jun 09, 2016 12:21 AM

Cymbalta has helped me with my pain (a little), depression and anxiety. I have been slowly increasing the dose. I hope it can be helpful for you too.

Jun 09, 2016 1:00 PM

I'm on Pamelor (nortriptyline) for depression & Tranxene for anxiety. I think it helps keep my moods level with less stress, so that helps keep the pain down some.

Jun 09, 2016 1:16 PM

Thanks everyone for sharing.

Jun 17, 2016 7:22 PM

I take an anti depression drug called amitriptyline.

Jun 17, 2016 8:15 PM

Amitriptyline is widely used for nerve pain, it ceased being used really as an anti depressant when the new tricyclic style antidepressants came in. But they never help me, they jut made my mouth and throat extremely dry

Jun 18, 2016 5:44 AM

Hi Tinydancer My pain dr told me that Lyrica and Cymbalta work on different pain channels. So if Lyrica doesn't work then Cymbalta might work and if you are lucky they both work. I take Amytripylene and Cymbalta for nerve pain. Not a large enough dose to be a mood stabiliser but it's nice to know they can do both if needed 😀

Jun 19, 2016 1:06 AM

Hi all I'm new to this page but not to pain, it's coming up to my 5 year anniversary since I fell and broke my back in 5 places.

Jun 19, 2016 7:18 PM

Hello WindowGuy, and welcome to app. Are you taking any of these antidepressants or pain medications for your back pain? How did you fall? You said 5 years since injury, were you hospitalized for a time? Sounds like you have had a rough time. This is a good place to learn about pain management in a nurturing atmosphere.
I have severe nerve pain, scoliosis and sciatica for 18 years. My doctors have not found a cause until recently. I am still having more tests.
Tell us about your pain only if you wish to.🙂

Jun 19, 2016 7:29 PM

Hi all- thanks for answering my questions. I might inquire about an anti depressant from my pc. My mom had tmj and sever pain for a year.. She takes amytriptiline for the tmj and it has helped her a lot. Now she only takes it some nights if she feels the pain coming back. I am not to keen on taking drugs as they have not helped me in the past.

I have a new question. Has anyone tried neurofeedback or biofeedback and has had success with it?

Jun 20, 2016 10:20 AM

@Windowguy, hi there, just read about your accident. Did you sustain an SCI when you broke your back? I'm a C3/4-6/7 and T7/8 Quad. I've not found any others on here that have SCI's.

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