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Starting to wonder if I even need narcotic pain meds anymore

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  • I've always taken mine together on a consistent basis. I don't know if taking it consistently makes a difference depending on what kind you're taking or not. The dosing on my new muscle relaxant is 3x daily whereas the Valium I could take 4x daily. I just hope the Flexiril is as effective as the Valium. And I'm sooooo happy to finally be done with the Lyrica and start the next Gabepentin increase today ( fingers crossed). QUESTION- should I turn in my remaining Lyrica when I see the PM doc? He originally prescribed it and I have a bunch left.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • I usually do because I've got little kids & don't like meds hanging around. I also read an article that convinced me not to flush them down the loo! You know you're never going to take them again...

    When it comes to narcotics I always take the old ones in when I change. My doc never told me to but I think it creates a better impression & the nurse keeps a log so both ours bums are covered if he's ever investigated or anything.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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  • I'm so pleased for you! Lyrica made me feel terrible too. I hope things go really well with the Gabapentin. It made me feel a little tired & spacey but that passed in a couple of weeks. ;-)

    I've never taken Valium. Is Flexiril another name for Cyclobenzaprin? I found that very effective but more soporific than Tizanidine. We're all different though..
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I've been on Percocet for 2.5 years and am currently taking 10-325 3 times a day and it isn't really working for more than a couple of hours. By the time bedtime rolls around I've had my limit for the day. I take something for arthritis, but it isn't much help. I go back to PM tomorrow and had an MRI taken last week so I'll see what he says. My no-fault case is just about out of $$, so I'll have to go through my personal medical for anything else they want to try on me.
    Diagnosis: Thoracic facet syndrome & cervical and thoracic radiculopathy from car accident trauma.
  • Yes Flexeril is another name for Cyclobenzaprine. Hopefully it won't knock me out. My goal is to get to a level of functioning not vice versa :) Valium never made me drowsy, it just did it's job by reducing the spasms. I will take the Lyrica in since I have no use for it and don't feel comfortable disposing of them. I have 7 year old twins but thankfully my family has rallied to help me take care of them while I get through this bump in the road. They are old enough to understand and take it easy around me, and they aren't allowed in my room unsupervised where my meds are kept.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
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  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 593
    edited 04/10/2014 - 6:51 AM
    I've adjusted my Percocet to take before bedtime. Getting through the night is more important for me then getting through the day. But I'm able to take it easy throughout the day so I'm not sure if that's your case or not. I hope you get some answers from your MRI, I know it can be tough financially to keep up with everything, especially for those out of work. I'm so ready to back to work it's driving me crazy!!!! It's possible you have built somewhat of a tolerance being on it that long. Maybe you need some med adjustments including the one for your arthritis? Might be something to mention to your Dr.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • So I started the Flexeril yesterday and it made me feel awful. It was partially my fault. Dosing said 1/2-1 tab 3x daily. I had trouble cutting them in half so I took 1 pill 2x yesterday and it was horrible. I finally was able to cut them in half so last night before bed and this morning I only took 1/2 tab. I'm still not happy with the way it makes me feel ( dizzy and nauseous mostly). I've taken it with food to help with nausea but the effects are still unpleasant. I may be calling my Surgeon's office today :(
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • I always found Cyclobenzaprin like that. It does get better after a while, some say the negatives completely stopped before the 2 week mark, for me it never completely went away. It's a shame, I found it pretty effective ;-(

    I have a pill cutter from CVS. It works really well even on the tiny pills. Ginger gum or hard sweets work well for my nausea.

    Tizanidine is the favorite of my docs. To be honest I'm dreading changing it for a while but I think I need to. It's not working as well as it used to but I've been on it, same dose 3x a day for over 4 years now. I hate changing my meds. I've learnt that most make me feel bad at the start.

    Did they stop the Valium because of the chances of addiction? I don't remember you saying you were having any negatives. Could there be a little withdrawal from that going on?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I like your new picture! ;-)

    My husband is a security obsessed computer geek! He's already mad about my online name & how freely I talk about things. We're fighting the good fight about me getting my photo on here!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I couldn't stand to take one more dose. I felt like I had the worst flu bug with dizziness on top of it. I called my Surgeon's office and the only other alternative they wanted to offer me was Skelaxin, it didn't help me previously so I decided to go off muscle relaxants for now and hope for the best. I use my heating pad a lot and may look into more natural remedies. I hate the whole trial and error process of medications.

    Thanks for the comment about my pic. I'm usually on the safe side when it comes to privacy, but I'm beginning to not care as much. I hope you win the battle :)
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
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