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Do pain patches work better than narcotic pills to control chronic joint pain from ankylosing spondylitis?

Do pain patches work better than narcotic pills to control chronic joint pain from ankylosing spondylitis?

Many options: Several pain medications are available as patches (fentanyl and buprenorphine). A better answer is that you may benefit from any long acting opioid (pill or patch) given the around the clock nature of your pain. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

A condition that affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body, causing widespread ...Read more


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Can fibromyalgia pain require narcotic pain medication?

Can fibromyalgia pain require narcotic pain medication?

Rarely: Opioids are a last resort and are only considered an option if all traditional medications have failed. ...Read more

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Can lyrica (pregabalin) help with my chronic myofascial pain syndrome?

Can lyrica (pregabalin) help with my chronic myofascial pain syndrome?

Possibly: Lyrica (pregabalin) does a good job with diabetic peripheral nerve pain, and may be useful with other pain syndromes. Another drug, cymbalta, has now been approved for a variety of non-nerve pain syndromes, and may be a bit more useful with "myofascial pain". You could try either, but high dosage levels may be important, if you can adjust to side effects. ...Read more

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Is there better pain control than opioids for ankylosing spondylitis?

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Is there better pain control than opioids for ankylosing  spondylitis?

Treat the disease: Are you on medication that treats the underlying problem? Have you seen a rheum and discussed that with him or her. Opioids are not the best pain medications for an inflammatory disease process. ...Read more

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Taking Ms Contin (morphine) for chronic pain. I'm allergic to it. Can you suggest an alternative pain medication other than oxy, perc, vicodin?

Taking Ms Contin (morphine) for chronic pain. I'm allergic to it. Can you suggest an alternative pain medication other than oxy, perc, vicodin?

Herbs: Medicinal cannabis if it is legal in your state is an alternative to narcotic pain medications. Also eating a more alkaline diet my help. Acupuncture. Deep meditation. There are various herbs but this is not my specialty. Recommend following up with a pain management specialist and/or homeopathic specialist. There are also doctors of natural medicine possibly in your area. ...Read more

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50mg tramadol isn't giving me relief at all for fibromyalgia or behcets joint pain. Any other pain med recommendations?

50mg tramadol isn't giving me relief at all for fibromyalgia or behcets joint pain. Any other pain med recommendations?

See details: First of all, your doctor has to try to determine whether the pain is related to fm or to behcet's. I agree fibromyalgia pain should be treated with meds such as cymbalta, gabapentin, Lyrica or savella (milnacipran). Behcet's induced arthritic pain will respond to other approaches including prednisone, Methotrexate or tnf agents. ...Read more

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Do anti inflammatory drugs help with fibromyalgia pain ?

Do anti inflammatory drugs help with fibromyalgia pain ?

Why not?: Are NSAID's helpful in fibromyalgia? Dr. Shah of NIH has shown tender points to be anoxic, ischemic, replete w. reactive substances; ala inflammation. FM sufferers have elevated substance P in spinal fluid. FM pain loci match tendon insertions & hurt upon mechanical pressure. Tendonitis? Concept of FM as a cognitive disorder is theoretical; as is idea that is not, in part, a peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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Have fibro and arthritis uppper arms muscle spasms would cymbalta help more than lyrica (pregabalin) need pain med?

Have fibro and arthritis uppper arms muscle spasms would  cymbalta help more than lyrica (pregabalin) need pain med?

Apples & oranges: While both medications have indications from the fda for the treatment of fibromyalgia, they are very different. Cymbalta is an serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor also indicated for the treatment of major depression as well as generalized anxiety disorder. Lyrica (pregabalin) works through GABA and is also indicated for seizure disorder. Your physician should be able to help you decide. ...Read more

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Muscle ache, joint pain, headaches, pain== if fibromyalgia what's the best treatment, medication?

Muscle ache, joint pain, headaches, pain== if fibromyalgia what's the best treatment, medication?

Multiple treatments: Fm is a quirky entity to treat. We really don't know what causes it and a lot of doctors "don't believe" in it. Find a good pain medicine or rheumatology doctor who is familiar with it and follow their advise. Exercise, warmth, decreasing stress and various medications such as cymbalta, lyrica, savella (milnacipran) and narcotics can help somewhat although none are "cures". ...Read more

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Do all pain management doctors treat fibromyalgia?

Do all pain management doctors treat fibromyalgia?

No: Pain management is a broad practice demographic. If you are looking for a pain management physician i would suggest asking before your appointment things to expect as the type of practice and areas of expertise treated. ...Read more

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Is subutex a strong enough pain killer for fibromyalgia, scoliosis and osteoarthritis?

Forget this med: This combination med is used to treat opiate dependency. I have never heard of it used to treat fibromyalgia or oa. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work for sciatica pain?

Can acupuncture work for sciatica pain?

Possibly: Although not understood fully, acupuncture has shown good success in some pain syndromes. Only way to know is try it out. If after a few treatments you can't see a difference I would seek out a pain/spine specialist for other options. ...Read more

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Left leg &foot pain redness swelling warm to touch. Use flector patches cymbalta (duloxetine) morphine tizanidine &norco 4 chronic arthritis &back pain. Causes?

Left leg &foot pain redness swelling warm to touch. Use flector patches cymbalta (duloxetine) morphine tizanidine &norco 4 chronic arthritis  &back pain. Causes?

Leg modification: Complex regional pain syndrome. It is difficult to explain and to understand. Usually follows a major injury, operation, foreign materials to fix a fracture, etc. Has a sympathetic component (this is why the increased temperature and redness) unilateral sympathetic nerve block might help along with hot.Cold, tens, physical therapy, spinal stimulator. Prevention of bone loss is indicated. ...Read more

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MY MOTHER HAS POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA. I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

MY MOTHER HAS POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA. I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

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 more

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Are headaches common with polymyalgia rheumatica. My Dr is trying to rule out fibromyalgia and put me on prednisone?

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 more

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Where can I buy pain killers?

Where can I buy pain killers?

Pain killers: Apart from OTC ones like Tylenol, (acetaminophen) NSAID's you cannot but and should not but any other pain killers. All pain killers needs to be prescribed by doctors and used according the their explicit instructions. ...Read more

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What are the most common OTC pain killers?

What are the most common OTC pain killers?

Pain killers: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) . They can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic to them. ...Read more

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What to do if pain killers are causing me pain. help!?

What to do if pain killers are causing me pain. help!?

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

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Is it illegal to take prescribed pain killers after you're cured?

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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Can pain killers affect ur erection?

Depend...: Non-narcotic pain killers would not affect erection in general; narcotic ones may to some. So, let personal experience guide you. But we have to individualize the condition based on the history, physical findings, and tests as needed before drawing a conclusion and giving an advice. But for someone of 27, i would like to remind: overindulgence and obsession have destroyed many people's life. ...Read more

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What pain killers do doctors recommend?

What pain killers do doctors recommend?

Highly variable: That is waaay too broad a question to get a good answer.The best med for a pt. depends on many factors incl. the age of pt., type of pain/injury, known allergies, & simply the doctor's preference. ...Read more

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Is it really easy to get addicted to pain killers?

Is it really easy to get addicted to pain killers?

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

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What are the side effects of taking several pain killers?

What are the side effects of taking several pain killers?

Together?: Death due to respiratory compromise. Only take pain medications if they are prescribed to you by a physician. ...Read more

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Will pain killers damage my liver?

Will pain killers damage my liver?

Pain killers & liver: Contingent what type of pain medication you are taking for your problems. For example narcotic pain killers do not harm the liver. But Tylenol, (acetaminophen) can cause serious liver damage in high doses. ...Read more

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Could pain killers promote healing?

Not physiologically: But it can functionally. So, for example, an opioid medication will not help a herniated disc, but it may dampen the pain enough to get through physical therapy which can help facilitate healing. ...Read more

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How can I obtain tramadol pain killers?

Eval: This requires a prescription. You will need to be medically evaluated and the provider will determine if this is an appropriate option for your medical problem. ...Read more

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Can I have pain killers with metformin?

you should be able : To, ensure cleared by your gp or pcp. And minimize use of pain killers. ...Read more

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What are some pain killers without opiates?

NSAIDs: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds and tylenol (acetaminophen) are non-opiod pain meds. ...Read more

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How can I treat my addiction to pain killers?

Addiction: Please go and see a pain doctor who does addiction medicine or an addictionologist. You have taken the first and most important step - by admitting you have an addiction - now you need help to be free of this. ...Read more

Analgesic (Definition)

An analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to ...Read more