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on the topic of pain managment

Postby prism » Mon Jun 04, 2007 12:55 pm


I recently got off of Vicadin and through my experiences have come to believe it was the main drug causing a year's worth of seizures. (combined with others, naturally :oops: )
I have started getting cold laser treatment for my entire spine, sometimes my head and it does seem to help with the pain some. Has any one ever tried this or know about it's safety? .. don't know how it could do any damage, but well, you never know.
My goal has been to get off all medications to understand my problems clearer- just haven't felt that the kalidiscope of doctors I have seen really understand how drug interactions and long term usage can affect people.
HowEver :!: I don't really know if I can hack it-
My pain when bad, most typically - Compels - me into a long stretching frenzy :roll: (I can't help myself) which I fear only makes the supposed chiari and syringomelia worse. I know when I do certain things with my neck I am literally disabled.
So, in the back of my mind there's always the next pain specialist-- which is a frightening thought too.
Q- in a typical first appointment at TCI do you see a pain specialist?

I've blabbed, but then that's my nature.
:wink: Sharing here to see if any of you have had similar experiences or input. thanks! prism

Postby mac » Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:41 pm

Prism, I don't have any feedback on your question but I do have a question for you. Did you have any problems stopping Vicodin? Did you have any withdrawal symptoms? Just curious...


Postby Snoozie » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:17 pm

hi Prism, I tried the cold laser therapy and it seemed to work a little. I had alot of stiffness in my elbow and wrist so that is where they concentrated.

It helped at first but I seemed to get to the point where it didn't do anymore. It is non invasive and if your insurance pays for it I say why not.

I have not given up on trying to find relief and next I am going to try accupunture. Feel better soon...Sue
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Postby prism » Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:58 am

Hi, thanks for writing.
I had to go off of Vicodin cold turkey because my insurance/ pharmacy fouled things up. So my withdrawls were pretty intense, but only lasted a half a week or so. To tell you the truth I can't remember much from it other than it was hard. I think going off at a slower rate wouldn't be that bad as long as you have some alternatives to dealing with the pain.

Does anybody know about Neurontin and it's effectiveness for helping with chiari and syringomyelia related pains? I'm on quite a bit of that- and my dosage was majorly upped with the seizure problem on-set. I feel quite dependent on it and don't know if it's an appropriate drug.

Thanks. good to be here. prism

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