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Pain meds that are not contra indicated
An_254893 posted:
I will be having hip surgery in a few months after an injury to my labrum.

I also have AIH and take lithium and warfarin all three of which contra indicate aspirin, tylenol, ibuprofen, etc. I have been prescribed tramadol Vicodin 5, all of which are contraindicated for my health issues. My INR went through the roof!

I have tried to have a discussion with GP about proper pain meds and it has been fruitless. Is this because I need another class of drugs? My ortho only refers me to my GP.

I use my TENS unit, do mild exercise, RICE, meditation and distraction as alternative methods to medication already. But there are some days when that doesn't work. Like when I slipped on the ice and re injured my hip.

What is my next step to getting good pain management?
annette030 responded:
I would see a pain management specialist.

Take care, Annette
kayrakaye replied to annette030's response:
Thanks, that is the feedback I am getting. Now I have to figure out how I find a pain management program. This is Worker Comp so I think my case manager will help me out with this.
annette030 replied to kayrakaye's response:
I would opt for a pain management specialist that does more than just interventions or considers himself an interventionist. Be sure you have a specialist who uses daily drugs as well as procedures, injections, etc.

I have found cognitive behavioral therapy to be very useful, in addition to my medications. Just remember we all different and what works for me may not work well for you.

Take care, Annette
kayrakaye replied to annette030's response:
Thanks, I have done a pain management class years ago for another injury and I still use these helpful techniques...self acupressure, meditation, distraction (focus off the pain), TENs unit, and plenty of aerobic exercise.

I will try to see a pain management specialist. Most recently, my family doc gave me Tramadol (against my better judgement) and I had for manic episodes one of which happened at work. Just terrible!

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