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    Fibromyalgia Pain Medication. What is stronger than Norco?
    KissmyAsthma posted:

    I have been suffering from chronic pain for three years now. For those suffering chronic pain, I'm sure you know all the lovely side efffects that go along it. Wondering, is this really fibromyalgia, what is causing this, anger, depression etc. I was a useful member of society, very active outdoors, a very happy person...until three years ago.

    I have chronic pain. I am a strong person, but sometimes, even with pain med, I just want to give up. Being in pain, not being able to sleep, and trying to take care of a child ( we have a three year old), I am often miserable. I then worry that because of my condition, I am not doing all I can for my child which equals added stress.

    My doctor of 17 years has decided it would be best if I saw a pain management specialist. I will be seeing the Pain specialist tomorrow.

    My treatment up till this point has been norco 10/325, I recieve 180 a month. I have also been on Lyrica and Cymbalta, which did not seem to help. At first the Norco helped tremendously, but now, not so much. Lately I regularly run out of my prescription early. I can take a full months prescription sometimes in just two weeks. Let me stress that I have never been "high". I don't use them for that. It is for pain releif only. I think I am just developing a tolerance to the NORCO.

    I am not a drinker, not a smoker, and I come from a family that looks down on the use of drugs, not even aspirin, so I have no support from them. They do not understand.

    Pain varies depending on stress, headaches, lack of sleep etc. I have also been on Lyrica, which oddly made me feel better for a few days, then stopped working for me.

    I am wondering if anyone else here has been on Norco for your Fibro and if switching to something else has helped you? Are there stronger drugs? I ask because I want to know that there is hope in going to this pain specialist.

    I want, no, I NEED something to get my life back. I don't take drugs for fun or to get high. I just want something strong enough to make me feel good enough to want to get up in the morning.

    I want a drug that will work. Period.

    Has anyone gone through anything similiar? What drugs worked for you?
    1wareaglefan responded:
    Hey....I'm not familiar with norco. With the anger and depression, you might want to talk to your doctor about trying an antidepressant. People with fibro have low serotonin, so an SSRI is helpful for the depression, irritability, insomnia, and to a certain extent the pain.

    I take prozac, which is an older antidepressant. I find that if my mood is under control, I am better able to handle the pain. I also take darvocet for pain. It doesn't take it completely away, but does take the edge off, plus it allows me to function during my day.

    I hope you find something that works for you. There's a lot of help out there. I understand about wanting to take something to get your life back. I think we all do. Keep us posted on how you're doing, OK?

    Take care......Elizabeth
    KissmyAsthma replied to 1wareaglefan's response:
    I've been on antidepressants. I started them at the same time I started the other regimen. And, I've not just been on one, I've tried several. None seem to work. I should have mentioned that. Sorry.

    Thank you, I will keep informed. And I'm sorry you're dealing with this dreadful problem too.

    jamesii responded:
    Hi, I just read your post. So sorry that you are going thru so much. There are an amazing number of people who post here that are in the same dilemma as you. That includes me. It seems: pain for breakfast, pain for lunch, and pain for supper. Our desert is pain and no sleep during the night.

    Not having a good supportive family, spouse, close friend, or a good support group doesn't help. We need someone who will listen when we cry-then cry with us, Someone to feel our pain doesn't take the pain away, but it does let us know they care and are trying to understand. I have come to point of saying who cares when someone absolutely refuses to hear or understand me and my pain. I can always find someone who does and will.

    It is important, if possible, to take someone close to you to your dr appts. so they can hear it directly from the drs mouth. If not, it is easy for them to say we are stretching what the dr said.

    As for pain, boy when have I not felt it. I am taking Tramadol for pain, Gabapentin 300mgs. 3 times a day for fm. I take tylenol, vit b12, vit d3, vit c, and I take various things for IBS. For many of IBS also comes along for the ride. The nerves are also damaged in our intestines.

    I don't know what to say about your situation. I will say I hope and pray you can find something that will give you relief.

    Ark Jim
    annette030 responded:
    It sounds like you need a long acting opiate rather than the norco which only lasts about 4-6 hours. I hope you are taking the RX exactly as the doctor wrote it and not taking extra pills when you need to.

    Long acting opiates seem to cause less tolerance than short acting ones. If your pain is 24/7 you need med coverage 24/7.

    The Lyrica and/or Cymbalta may need a dosage adjustment or you may need to change meds. Hopefully the pain management doctor will help you. You have probably already seen him.

    Take care, Annette
    MaMaTwig responded:
    I feel so sorry that you are dealing with this, but I to used to take a Narco, Vicoprofen, and it got to the point where this was not taking away any of the pain, so I am on oxycodon 15mg every 4 hours, and oxycontin 40 mg 1 in morning and 1 at night, and it seems to be helping me.

    I also work, and for me to get thru the work day I need something for the pain, along with Fibro, I have bulging discs in my neck and lower back, along with bone spurs in them middle of my back, and I have been in chronic pain for over 6 years. But it took a long time to finally get a Dr. to listen and understand wher I was coming from.

    But along with the pain meds, I take Cymbalta for depression, Ambien at night to sleep, Synthroid (underactive thyroid) I also take vitamins (which i think is very important), but you should take to your Dr. before taking. Vit D3, Vit E, Vit C, Vit B super complex, Magnesium.

    I wish you luck, and truly understand what you are going thru, please do not give up......Take Care and God Bless
    hopein2009 responded:
    Hello KMA,
    I understnad exactly where you are coming from, I also take Norco10/325 4x daily as needed(this is just hydrocodone or some may no it as Lortab). It worked great for a while and tthen it seemed I needed something else. I have a wonderful PM doc and he prescribed MSContin 30 mg every 12 hours(this is long acting Morphine), it has helped so much to have a long acting pain med along with a short acting for breakthrough pain.

    I am a nurse and I also still need to work, after getting used to the sleepiness from the MS Contin, it does not effect me in any way except to keep my pain levels down so that I can function better. I have also been on Cymbalta and Lyrica in the past and they didn't do much for my pain.

    I currently take the above meds I mentioned for pain, along with Lexapro for depression, Valium 10 mg 1x daily, Trazadone 50 mg for sleep, Synthroid 150mcg for hypothyroidism, HCTZ 25 mg for borderline HTN, Azulfadine 500mg 3x daily for IBS, along with vitamin supplements such as a Multivitamin, Magnesium and Malate, Flaxseed Oil(for Omega 3), Calcium and Vitamin D. I just finished a script of RX strength Vit D due to my Vit D level only being 17, this up from 14 last year.

    Please have your Vit D level checked as it can cause increased pain in FM patients. It takes supplements a good 4-6 weeks to get their full effect as well as many other drugs such as antidepressants. I'm not saying you need an antidepressant, but when dealing with chronic pain, we often suffer from depression and it is easier to handle with a little medicinal help.

    I hope this helps and I hope that your PM doc believes in and will treat FM as a serious pain condition.

    God Bless, Lisa
    An_255628 responded:
    Your life is never going to be the same again. I have had this for over 10 years and everyday can be a struggle to get through. some days are better than others and some days I cant even get out of bed. Unfortunetly there is nothing that will make the pain go away and allow us to be able to function. Everyone is different and some things work better than others but anything that I have tried has had a short life as to helping with the pain. some say exercise and diet helps but I dont see that so I am in the same boat as you with pain and no relief. You just need to try and keep positive and know that your family needs you and as moms we dont get the option of being able to deal with our medical issues.
    shirleyjane responded:
    I am a long time sufferer of fibromyalgia and agree until you have it impossible to understand. I have tried numerous medications and have come to the realization there isnt a magic bullet. Started out with Lyrica gained 60 plus pounds in less than a year. I have been offered several opiates by my doctor as he sees how I suffer. I realize our medicines do not cure they mask our problems. I have purchased several books on Asian herbs and medicines. I have discussed all this with my doctor in addition I am getting accupuncture once a week and the accupuncture combined with my medication has made a remarkable difference in reducing my pain level. Hopefully I will be able to reduce it to twice a month but I know I am doing things more and feeling better than I have in years. I informed my doctor that I do not want any opiates or narcotics as I want to live my life. I want to get to where I can tolerate the pain and live and enjoy life. I take medicine my doctor prescribe, I go to a chinese trained acupuncturist for treatment and herbal supplements. She communicates with my doctor and we all agree I have made and continue to see real improvements. Do you research read everything help your doctor and yourself. Nobody knows your body like you do. I believe in herbal teas, spices and treatment after all it was our first medicine combined with accupuncture, todays medical advances it works for me. It will not work for everyone but it works for me. Be proactive in your treatment.
    bette_kaffitz replied to shirleyjane's response:

    I did accupuncture, too, and was amazed at how much it helped. (Until my scalp got sensitized.) A recent study said that it is of no use for fibro, but those of us who have it say otherwise.

    As for your herbs, there is now a Physician's Desk Reference for herbs and other alternatives. Please take the time to go to your library or otherwise get a way to look up the treatments you are using. I was using one that had been recommended by a friend until I found out that the substance was banned in Canada due to its dangerous side effects.

    We need to have open minds about other cultures' treatments, but we have to be smart about those we try. Just because something is natural, does not mean its is safe.


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