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MS Contin, anyone?



  • I was misdiagnosed for years inbetween combat tours. I had horrible headaches and around the clock neck pain. In Iraq there wasn't an MRI to be done so when I was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury, Herniated Cervical Disc and DDD I was switched from short acting medications like Fiorcet and Codeine which I swore worked great but I did not like the "ups and downs" of the medication level to MS Contin and I was elevated eventually to 60mg MS Contin every 8 hours.
    And it provides the most extensive and long lasting "plateau" of pain relief I've ever had. From about two hours after first dose through the end of the day the medication level never alters.
    I don't feel high.
    I don't feel dopey.
    I am simply relieved of pain.
    I am going to be weaned off of it after some physical therapy but if it doesn't work and I still feel pain I feel quite confident that I will be able to be taken care of by the VA pain wise.
    I hope it works for you as well...
    take care
  • Welcome to SH :H I'm sorry you were hurt during combat duty, and we all appreciate the sacrifices you have made. It's good to hear that you're getting good treatment and the MS Contin is making a difference with your pain.

    I was shocked that there aren't any MRI's in Iraq; where you flown to somewhere like Germany for treatment? Well, I hope you'll be able to start PT soon, but remember to not push yourself too much. Did you have surgery for the herniated disc? Are you seeing a back specialist and pain doctor at the VA?

    Please take good care of yourself and best wishes on your recovery. <):)
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