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Alternative To Pain Killers Fibromyalgia Polymyalgia
Multiple: Gabapentin (neurontin), Pregabalin (lyrica), topiramate (topamax), Lamotrigine (lamictal) are options.They act directly on the nervous system. Duloxetine (cymbalta), and venlafaxine (effexor) are antidepressants that help with chronic pain. Milnacipran (savella) is an option as well. Nsaids, tylenol, (acetaminophen) and somtimes opioids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inflammatory vs. not: Can produce similar symptoms, but PMR is an inflammatory condition for which there is a single and effective treatment. FM is a condition with less defined symptoms which variably responds to a variety of interventions. Because they are common sometimes people will have both conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are headaches common with polymyalgia rheumatica. My Dr is trying to rule out fibromyalgia and put me on prednisone?
See below: If your doctor thinks you have polymyalgia rheumatic but wants to rule out fibromyalgia you need a Rheumatologist. Reason,a modest dose of prednisone can improve Polymyalgia rheumatic but not fibromyalgia from there a headache in polymyalgia rheumatica can be a symptom of giant cell arthritis which requires evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is a good alternative to celebrex (celecoxib)? My 85yr dad was on it but went off due to blood in his stool.Generic pain killers don't work, he is in > pain.
It would be: Good to know why he is in pain..... ...Read more
It depends on the: Individual & the circumstances. Some people are more prone to addiction, & depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, schizophrenia & life stress can all increase the chance of addiction. But yes, narcotics, relaxants like xanax (alprazolam) & valium, barbituates & stimulants, alcohol can all be very addictive. Tobacco is exceptionally addictive. As the 70's ad said-'it's not good to mess w mother nature!'. ...Read more
Pain killers painful: There is something called opiate induced hyperalgesia. This means that taking opiate pain killers for long time causes increased pain sensitivity. Gradually tapering off the medication may help. My advise would be to seek a non-drug solution to your pain such as interventions done by a qualified pain physician. ...Read more
Illegal: There is no law - about this except if you sell or share the meds with others. Its far safer for you to stop using the med if you do not need it. Also safely dispose of the med if not needed anymore. ...Read more
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