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A 38-year-old member asked:

i have fibromyalgia, arthritis and tmj. what pain pills can i take long-term?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Work with your doc: Sounds obvious but i see lots of pts with chronic pain who end up on heavy duty drugs--try to use the least addicting drugs and use them as sparingly as possible. Try to engage in activities that distract you from the pain.
Dr. Guy Hanson
Dentistry 37 years experience
Nutrician: Rather than taking pain medication for an extended period of time, it may be in your best interest to eliminate processed foods as much as possible and get 90% of your caloric intake from foods high in nutrients. Tmd is often a symptom of sleep apnea, so an evaluation by your physician for this malady may also be helpful.
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 35 years experience
Pain medication: Long term use of any pain medication can have detrimental effecst on many systems. There is evidence that indicates the use of opioid medications even short term, can cause an exagerated response to painfull stimulus. We see many people who have fms and tmd and they are not sleeping well. Talk to your physician and dentist about your sleep and see if this could be a factor in your pain.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Warm water therapy: Meds are not always the answer. Maybe a change in lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and possibly warm water aerobics at a local ymca. It must be frustrating, but do give in to being overly medicated, if possible.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Work with experts: Hopefully, you are not being treated by 3 different docs for these 3 problems. Medications for chronic problems should be used very judiciously. Try to coordinate your treatment with your different docs. Sometimes, each prescribes drugs without knowing what the other docs are prescribing. The fewest drugs that give you effective results, the better for your overall health.

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