Chronic pain neck/back

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2 months 1 week ago #29690 by Adamk88
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Hey everyone I’ve been dealing with chronic pain for 2 years now even after surgery I had a cervicle dislocation fracture and split my c7 in half as well as fracture to my c6 & fused my neck from c4-t2 and a herniated disc with complete disruption of my c6 disc & 2 bulging discs in my low back

I’m currently on
Lyrica 150mg
Endone 5mg 2 times a day
Diazepam 5mg 2 times a day
Mirtazapine 45mg before bed

All these medications are putting me in hospital tramodol and palexia caused me to have a panic attack due to serotonin syndrome ,

May I ask if anyone has the same injury or is taking the same medications or similar injury’s to mine
& what should I do to control my pain and help me get active again

I’ve discontinued diazepam because of the anxiety attacks it causes but I’ve also read that lyrica does the same thing when stopped is this true?

What medications help reduce nerve pain muscle pain & stiffness ?

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2 months 1 week ago #29694 by Peter
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Hi Adamk88,

Welcome to the CPA forum!

So what caused all your injuries?

I have had similar issues with some of those drugs that you have been on. Tramadol is a dirty drug. It has caused a lot of problems for a lot of people in this country and although it has worked okay for many, I don't understand why they still use it knowing that many people have ended up with serotonin syndrome after taking this drug. I am also someone who ended up with this terrible syndrome, which put me in hospital for 10 days. I was very ill with it and it took me all that time to get over it.

I have a chemical sensitivity and simply cannot try those drugs you are on, because I get serious reactions from them. Gosh, I took one Cymbalta tablet one night before bed and ended up sitting on the dunny from 2.00 am till nearly midday and I lost 6 kg in body weight. I never took a second tablet.

Many of the other drugs just kick off the serotonin syndrome symptoms, so I don't take them either.

All I can tolerate is 75mg of Lyrica once a day and some codeine 4 times a day. The drugs only take the sharp edge off of my pain, probably less than 20% and I suffer the other 80+%. After 59 years of suffering from damage to my spine, which was further damaged in 1985 from being hit behind by a metro bus, I have learned many skills of distraction and have learned when to listen to my body and when to ignore it.

Exercise for me is the absolute key!

The one thing that has given me back some measure of life, has been going to the gym twice a week where I am part of an oldies class, where they teach you many different and very simple movement exercises. Without these, I would be a cot case. So now I have more movement and more ability to actually do some physical work around the house for a short time, but then I am normally wiped out for the rest of the day. Before I started the gym, I couldn't get off my chair.

Have you been to a 'multidisciplinary pain clinic' yet? If not, then do your self a favour and get your GP to refer you to one that is operating in a public hospital. They use medicare more often than not so it makes it cheaper. You'll get access to a pain specialist, a physio and a clinical psych. All are fully trained in the latest best practice and knowledge of chronic pain, but there is a down side now, which is very unfortunate.

All hospitals and doctors have been influenced by this latest push to get all chronic pain sufferers off of opioids and codeine. So be aware that if you go too a clinic they 'might' (might not too) try to remove most of your medication. I say might, because some do actually do this, but I do know that some do not.
Either way, the education you'll get there will be worth its weight in gold, because you'll learn all about chronic pain and how to self manage it and your life. There is a life to be had living with ongoing pain, and guess what? It isn't taking a lot of drugs that will get you there. We all need to reduce our intake of any drugs and do most of the other things that will actually get you on your feet, even while you suffer this pain. And you can enjoy life too, YES, even while suffering this pain.

Sorry if that all sounds like the mutterings of a lunatic, even if my kids might agree with you, but you can actually learn to ignore a lot pain and enjoy your life. Your brain is capable of doing this and we all need to get to that point. The damn drugs make us sicker than we need to be.

Anyway, I hope I have helped you in some ways, but stick around and read as much as you can.

regards,


Peter

I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)

So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)

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2 months 1 week ago #29701 by Adamk88
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Hey mate yes tramodol is the worst I wish I never took any anti depressants or tramodol I don’t know why these doctors prescribed it
It’s making me worse I’ve been out all day and it’s 3am and I can’t sleep and my breathing is very shallow
I’m scared and I don’t want to go hostpital again and I’m freaking out I don’t want to wake my parents up
I’ll definitely try out that multi thing!
and see my gp in the morning thanks for your reply means allot
These doctors destroyed me who the heck wants to play with there natural serotonin I hope I can recover from this hope you get well to! I believe we can

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2 months 1 week ago #29703 by Peter
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Hi Adamk88,

Sorry to hear you are having a rough time of it. If those drugs are causing you so much illness, then tell the GP and get off of them. You'll have to get the GP to give you a plan to get off of them so you don't get a reaction, then take a milder drug, but find something else like maybe exercise, to help you deal with the rest of the pain.

I know that disability from old injuries and illness can inhibit our ability to exercise, but believe me, even if a person is stuck in a wheelchair and can only move their arms and legs, they can still exercise effectively enough to gain better control over their body and strengthen up all the muscles, tendons and ligaments. This is what helps to reduce the pain, especially in the joints.

I do hope you get better and get some sleep.


Peter

I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)

So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)

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1 month 4 weeks ago #29732 by lbj11
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taking medications are always risky. for this very reason. tramal, gabapentin,pregabilyn (lyrica) all give me the issues you have. and I dont take them. I take endep oxycontin and endone with no issues. but put gabapentin or lyrica in there. I get blackouts, my hands swell up it get so bad I ask the nurses to kill me cause my hands get so swollen burns like on fire. also codeine with the oxycodone gives me the same issue with swelling
ask your dr to take you off lyrica and Mirtazapine. and ask about endep maybe pain wise thats up to you
this isnt medical advice. these are my experiences, and some of my advise. please ask dr before changing anything. all the best bud!

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