A 34-year-old male asked:
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hi, my mother takes etodolac 500mg and tramadol/paracetamol (37.5mg/325mg) for pain for 6 months. what pain relievers are there for chronic pain? tnx

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Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
Those are: Etodolac is an antiinflammatory, which helps with inflammatory causes of pain (for example arthritis) and Tramadol/Paracetamol is a combination of two pain relievers that work directly on the brain. This is a very reasonable combination. She can ask her physician whether she can safely increase the dose of either or whether she needs something else, for example Duloxetine, to deal with the pain.
Answered on Jul 5, 2015
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Dr. Atul Singh
27 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Chronic pain: Some chronic pain carry the risk of dependence on pain meds. Working on the cause along with physical therapy and non traditional intervention may help. In some patients chronic pain and depression can coexist and need to be diagnosed and treated as such. Incremental doses of pain med may not always help. Best of luck
Answered on Apr 17, 2016
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Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
Pain: These are the safest ones available
Answered on Jul 5, 2015
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: The only other pain relievers are opioids (narcotics). By using them you substitute one problem for another. Therapies depend on the source of the pain.
Answered on Jul 5, 2015
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Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
You need a diagnosis: you need a diagnosis. Pain comes from something. There are a variety of different types of chronic pain. Therefore before we go on with the therapy she's on there maybe other things that can be done. She needs to be evaluated by her physician and perhaps in consultation to decide what type of pain it is and what's the best way to approach it
Answered on Jul 6, 2015

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