Painkillers????

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Painkillers????

Postby Flippy22 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:34 pm

My GP will only give me Amitriptyline for sleeping problems but nothing for the pain. I really struggle with pain, so any ideas of what I can do please.
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Re: Painkillers????

Postby Ali170 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:58 pm

Hi Love,

Charming, not vey helpful indeed. Ask for a referral to your local pain clinic, mine was great and although never been completely pain free they helped me cope while I was still working, I tried Amitriptyline... no good, gabapentin...no good, tramadol...no good. Finally codeine and diclofenec were a great help, they also put me on the pain management course which teaches you how to cope with chronic pain. It's a struggle as there's good and bad days and very bad days but knowing that your GP doesn't give a monkeys about your pain doesn't help at all.

Good luck, I hope you get the outcome you deserve xx
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Re: Painkillers????

Postby katz65 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:03 pm

Hi Flippy22
I use Codine Phosphate for pain, Gabapentin also to help with pain, Amitriptyline to help me sleep & I was told it also helps with pain & Citalopram is for my depression, I am pretty okay with mine, but when I have a flare up I need something stronger, usually I get given oramorph.

I notice that there are lots of different med's used between all of us, it must depend on what our GP think will work.

I hope you get sorted xx
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Re: Painkillers????

Postby Theresa34 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:05 pm

I've found the Amitriptyline has helped with some of the pain I started out with. I'm on and off painkillers. I don't want to be on them forever more, so I take them when I really really need them. I hate all medication but what can you do?!
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Re: Painkillers????

Postby Garyl » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:08 pm

My GP gives me 500mg Paracetmol and 2 30mg dihydrcodine to take at bed time helps with pain and sleep
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Re: Painkillers????

Postby eggle » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:32 pm

I can only have amitriptyline and paracetamol, years ago I could take codine only to suddenly become sensitive to it affecting my stomach. Tramadol became a life saver, a few years later the same stomach problem occurred.
I asked if there was anything available in a patch that is not morphine related.... No I was told. :cry:
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Re: Painkillers????

Postby rich44 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:18 pm

Depends on how morphine related I guess, but there's always Butrans patches, they're an opioid based painkiller.

Might be worth asking, especially if you're suffering getting painkillers into your digestive system.

There's a relatively new tramadol alternative called tapentadol which might also be an option
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Re: Painkillers????

Postby Flippy22 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:22 pm

Problem is, she won't refer me for pain management and it was only by seing another doctor at the practice why I was refered to a rhumatologist, so looks like I wwill have to see another doctor for pain management but the one who refered me has now left which is sad because he was very kind and did his job.
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Re: Painkillers????

Postby rich44 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:56 pm

They don't need to refer you a gp can prescribe most of these things.

If your gp is pants the only thing you can really do is try another practice, unfortunately it's a bit of a gamble. :-(

One if the Dr's at my practice said don't worry the pain clinic will sort you out, I was referred in Jan had 2 appts but no pain management yet so went back and saw different Dr
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