The glory of pain management

I’ve been almost afraid to talk about it, but last week my pain management doctor prescribed breakthrough pain medication for the first time. I’ve been leery of taking it too often, so I’m taking it once every few days instead of once a day as directed.

Miracle of miracles, though: all the pain except for the neuropathy goes away.

And I’m functional. Well, I’m rather loopy right after taking the medication, but for the next day or two, I’m far more physically functional than I have been in a very long time.

I cannot stress this enough: if you have chronic pain, see a pain management specialist. There are no other doctors who are as qualified to treat pain.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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8 thoughts on “The glory of pain management

  1. Hi, Cyn! Just noticed you’re a homeschool mom. I’m a homeschool grad! My dad (an internist) started me on Remeron back on the 9th, so right now that’s precisely where my weird and vivid dreams are coming from. Before I started that vivid dreams only happened 1-2 times a year. Right now I’m convinced Remeron is a miracle drug, lol. I feel sooooooooo much better. The dreams are starting to slack off too. Had one last night for the first time in nearly two weeks.

  2. Yay for miracle drugs! I’m glad the dreams are explicable and backing off now 🙂

    My girl has decided to go to high school this year. Probably. I’m having separation anxiety!

  3. I have fibromyalgia and am interested in knowing which med you are taking now that is helping your pain?

    Thank you, in advance for your response..

    JJ

  4. I’m taking MS Contin, Zanaflex, and Ultracet on a regular basis, with an added instant-release morphine for breakthrough pain. I have Lidocaine patches, but haven’t been terribly impressed with them. The – well, what was the name of it? I can’t remember it, but I promise I’ll look it up. It’s sorta like TENS but goes further and uses different frequencies. Anyway, that little machine did marvelous machines, but the insurer refused to cover it.

    Of course, I take a lot of other meds, but those are solely for pain relief 🙂

  5. I was excited just to find a blog by someone else with fibro (excited in that not alone way not because you have it too. lol) but then to read that you have neuropathy as well AND homeschool… I feel like I’ve found my twin. What a sucky thing to feel connected to a person for isn’t it?

    Anyway- I just wanted to thank you for having this blog/website and it is greatly appreciated.

  6. Hi Jo! I totally understand the “hey, I’m not alone!” feeling. Thanks for the encouragement.

    I tried to view your blog, but Blogspot is down at the moment. I’ll bookmark it, though!

  7. Some people told me about norvasc used as pain relief in fibromyalgia. I know I should trust my physician’s advices but I’m curious if someone tried it.

  8. Safro, if your physician so much as mentioned Norvasc as a pain reliever for fibromyalgia, you need to check his credentials for validity. Norvasc is a calcium channel blocker used for treatment of high blood pressure and angina.

    It seems that angina can be quite painful, so if you suffer from that, perhaps you confused your doctor’s recommendation for treating that with his recommendations regarding fibromyalgia?

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