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Why the hell does my upper body have so much pain?

Postby Cyborg Ninja » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:21 pm

My muscles feel like they're stiff, but they're not. They hurt all the time and I'm on really crappy pain meds. Just tramadol and Cymbalta right now. Which reminds me I need to take my evening dose. I'm tired of feeling like this with no answers! I hate my doctors. They are so incompetent. I think they just pretend to know what SM is so I don't fire them.
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Postby razzle51 » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:51 am

Maybe you need a medication adjustment and a new Dr. Sorry you hurt .
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Postby Ryzing » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:01 am

I'm with Roz - maybe you need to try a new medication mix. I'm on Tramadol, too - but for me, it works. If I get break-thru pain, I use regular Ibuprofen and that does wonders as a chaser :D.

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Postby birdlover3 » Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:16 am

I’m blessed to have a pain management doctor that has been working with me to find ways to help ease some of my pain. We only change or adjust one med at a time. It’s your choice what doctors you see, but if you decide to stay with your current doctors, you might want to tell them how much you’re still hurting & ask them to adjust or change your meds. Have you tried a tens unit? Good luck & God’s blessings.
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Postby SMLady » Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:17 am

OH, yes. A tens unit might help. I use one when my pain gets really bad and the medications aren't helping. It doesn't make the pain go away, but it does help.
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Postby Tidbit » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:47 am

Your muscle pain sounds a lot like mine. Stiff but not, and aching as if you've worked out really hard but haven't. I'm on Oxycontin and amitriptyline. The amitriptyline has been a Godsend, making a total difference in my quality of life, plus allowing me to discontinue my baclofen and now I very rarely ever have to use naproxen or Percocet. The decreased pain also led to me feeling better emotionally, so I discontinued my Wellbutrin as well. Maybe similar medications would help you since the pain sounds so similar.
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Postby Cyborg Ninja » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:44 pm

Well, when I go back to Tallahassee I'll start seeing a new pain management specialist. Hopefully I'll still have insurance. I don't have much hope for any pain management specialist as none of them seem to care for their patients. They're only interested in lining their pockets and keeping out of the DEA's hair. My PCP told me that I'd have to see one of these specialists for years before they trust me enough to give me opioids. I have taken them in the past and they helped with my pain. Tramadol is the only thing that comes close to that kind of relief, but it's not without its faults.

I still want to know what exactly causes this type of pain. It does sound a lot like your's, Tidbit. I take Cymbalta (an SNRI anti-depressant used for combating neuralgia). I imagine it'd be similar to that amitriptyline you take. Maybe. Also took Lyrica in the past, which I guess was better than the Cymbalta. I dunno if this pain is really something that anti-neuralgia meds can touch.
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