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Wondering if I should increase meds.

Feb 05, 2016 2:56 PM

So lately my pain and fatique has been awful. And I've been moving around more too. So I took and extra dose of pian meds the other day during the day and extra sleep meds at night and I did haveess pain . however by prescription I only take meds twice a day.lyrica in morning and night and my sleep pill with lyrica. My question is does anyone take meds during the day or does everyone just take meds twice. And I wonder if adding a medication half way during the day could help.

Feb 05, 2016 4:42 PM

Are you asking if you should take another lyrica during the day? What are you asking? What pain meds are you taking about? If it's otc read the label for max dosage.
This is something to talk to your doctor about.
I take robaxin 500mg and ibuprofen 600mg as needed up to three times a day. I try to keep it to just at bed time but when I'm not ok I take it around 7am, between 1&3pm and at bed time.

Feb 05, 2016 4:43 PM

Well yes..actually.. I was wondering if it is worth asking thr Dr to increase my meds. I'm taking tramadol for pain. And that is normally what I take in the middle of the day if the pain is still high

Feb 05, 2016 5:46 PM

You want to try and keep yourself from taking your meds all through the day.. Your body will just get used to it and that vicious cycle will start... In pain-take meds-more pain-more-meds-tolerance-pain-more meds. Some people take different types of meds and have to take them at different times during the day because of the quantity needed. Go see your Doctor and talk through what happens during the day with your meds(keep a diary to show the Dr) then you have proof if you have more pain in the afternoon which may indicate you need something more but may mean that you might not be on the right medication, but only by talking it through with your doctor will you know what is best. 😀

Feb 05, 2016 8:24 PM

There is a theory in pain management. They suggest that you do not chase pain. Meaning if you are constantly taking pain medication when you are in pain, the therapy is less effective. That is why in pain management, they usually give a person a long acting pain medication to keep them from being in pain all day long and then they give them immediate release medication for helping them when pain acts up. Like for my pain, they give me a fentanyl patch which is good for three days and then they give me oxycodone for when my pain acts up and I need immediate help. They don't want you to chase pain but to have it as low as possible all through the day making your life more productive. It has done that for me. It depends on the person though. They may not want this route.

Feb 05, 2016 10:06 PM

Thank you guys for the input and advice. As of now I'm not on any narcotic meds they did work better but you know how it is with the meds. I've also heard that over time meds do atop working. I've only been on this round of medicine for about two months. So hopefully they r still trying to get settled in .. I just noticed I felt a little better with the dose of tramadol at mid day.

Feb 06, 2016 4:24 PM

Newfibrogirl , ask your doctor for the extended-release tramadol, and for regular tramadol for breakthrough pain. Perhaps maybe a little stronger narcotic would help, as well.much love and blessings, your friend, Terri

Feb 06, 2016 8:47 PM

You should try butrans pain patch works a lot better than lyrica. I find it works way better than lyrica does that's forsure

Feb 07, 2016 2:36 PM

I know I am talking to my doctor this week about the butrans patch. She recommended it before, so I know she will prescribe it for me.Newfibrogirl maybe this is an option for as well. It is expensive though,( I think) it would help to have insurance. Right? Habspice?

Feb 07, 2016 2:38 PM

Thank you all for your great advice. I've had heard of the extended release tramadol before so I will ask for it. My physical therapist mentioned it . and I will.also ask about the patch ..

Feb 07, 2016 2:54 PM

Yes it's pricey but in my case Wcb pays for my prescription, but even if I had to pay for it I would that's how much I've noticed that it helps way better than those other Meds.

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