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what medication works best after Morphine

Dec 29, 2015 5:48 PM

Hi everyone, I have been diagnosed with Fibro almost a year now. In have been dealing with the pain for a good 7 years. I have taken numerous meds. I'm currently on Morphine for the pain. Its not working anymore. Does anyone know what's next medication wise. Does having a pain specialist really help me??

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Dec 29, 2015 6:03 PM

Hi, Determined! Yes seeing a pain management doctor will help. I know Morphine is a powerful narcotic, you probably have developed a tolerance to it....best to see your doctor, I know for me ,the longer I used narcotics the worse my symptoms were....then I backed off of using them...and my perception of pain decreased as well. I only need pain meds when I have exhausted all the other measures I use when I have a flare up. You are not alone, glad to meet you. Terri

Dec 29, 2015 8:24 PM

Hi Terri. So what other measures do you use. I've tried Physical therapy and currently seeing a chiropractor. I want to start acupuncture, but can't afford it. I know the VA hospital offers it, but its so hard to get an appointment.

Dec 29, 2015 8:43 PM

Determined, I do a lot of different things probably the same as everyone else.. I have a list. I do want to write it for but right now I am wiped out, can I send you the list tomorrow, I gotta rest.sorry sweets! But I will get with you tomorrow. Love and Blessings, Terri

Dec 29, 2015 10:09 PM

Welcome to our community Determinedtobeatthis! Although I have a pain specialist, and he's helped with spine pain tremendously, he really doesn't see me for my fibromyalgia. My PCP is prescribing my pain meds; gabapentin for neuropathies, Midrin for migraines, Parafon forte for muscle cramps & spasms, and Tramadol for severe fibro flares. I'm allergic to most narcotic drugs so I choose to limit use of strong meds, in case I need surgery or have a severe injury. What Terri said about developing a tolerance which increases pain is true; 2 of my siblings were on hard core meds for years and nothing worked. They were weaned of and now through successful treatments they also have higher tolerances to pain.

Because of my allergies to pain meds I have used PT, chiropractic medicine, relaxation techniques, exercises (yes, slow & steady to progress further really works), gentle stretches, warm showers (to limber up), massages, voltaren gel rx, rice filled tube socks (microwaved or frozen). Last year I was forbidden to exercise at all because of chest pain & sob during exercises. After 9 months of tests and finding out most was due to new allergy shots that backfired & necessary asthma meds needing changed, I began to slowly exercise again, and I feel better when I do at least 10-15 minutes a day. I've worked up to 30 min/day most days of the week. I've also worked hard to come off Ambien and use melatonin only when seriously needed. If been on Ambien 9 years and had got used to it, kept increasing the dose and while it wasn't helping out was causing scary side effects. My psych doc adjusted my antidepressant meds and it helps me sleep better, though I still have insomnia during flares, and interrupted sleep every night. I hope you can find a method that works for you, to bring better relief and less painful days/nights. (((Hugs))) & prayers for you! πŸ™‚πŸŒΌπŸ™πŸ˜·

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