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  1. I'm not sure if you're talking to me, but I had been on 900 mg of Neurontin which didn't do anything but I'm going up in dose. Today I'm starting on 1500mg. I'd like to stay with generic if I can.
  2. I don't like the idea of Tramadol because it affect norepinephrine which has been a problem for me in drugs like Effexor. I'm afraid with Bipolar stuff it would be too much additional AD type stuff. But I could certainly bring it up with the doctor. Edit: I remember my mother in law telling me about SynVisc. It's only approved for the knee. I take Klonopin which is like Valium and because of the tolerance built up it only does me any good when I take quite a bit extra. I will look into Flexeril and Baclofin but will be trying the Robaxin first. Thanks for the tips.
  3. The numbing portion of the SI injection helped so there is hope. That wore of in a few hours and the cortisone portion doesn't seem to be helping yet. My doc has me on MS Contin now. I just started it today. So dependence will be a way of life.
  4. OK try this. cyclobenzaprine = flexeril. I got the benzas, you got the benzos! I don't know. I mean benzodiazepenes like Klonopin, Ativan, Xanax, Valium etc. I think I'd be in a coma having chronic fatigue but I could try. Will do thanks.
  5. I'm top posting because I'm confused about quoting. I'm taking 7.5 - 10 mg per dose. I can usually go without in the morning and early afternoon. Sometimes I only need it to be able to get to sleep. I've been learning to deal with 7.5 when I feel like I need 10 or more. I've been reading about how they work better when taken before you're in pain and I have experienced how this works. Well, I don't often know until it's too late! Or I'm gone and I drove somewhere and can't take any until I get home. By muscle relaxers do you mean benzos? Neurontin doesn't seem to help. I could go from 900 up to 1200 or more but I'm already so tired all the time. My injection was a breeze but it didn't help. Next up is sacroiliac joint injection. Thanks for the forum recommendation. I wasn't aware of it. And thanks for your help. Jeff Hi lemon, sounds like you are taking Perc. 10 mgs? It may be tough, but ask for 5's and just get used to them. Check out the healthboards.com "chronic pain" forum and read about people who need 80 mgs. of oxycodone ++ other stuff, a day to survive. That is scary. I have found that muscle relaxers combined with the oxycodone (perc's w/o acetaminophen) help. Also, I have had good luck with neurontin for those intense nerve blasts. I haven't tried alternating from vicodin to percs. My guess is won't help. Both opiates. I can only comment on nortryptiline and methylphenidate. I have not noticed any decrease in opiate effectiveness. Hope this next one is better for you. I saw white light my last one! I like healthboards.com. Check out the "back" forum. Also try the "chronic pain" forum. They are very active forums. Nice, smart, experienced people, like here. joe
  6. I had a microdiscetomy L4/L5 and it helped but I can see that I also have degenerative disc disease and arthritis. I also have fibromyalgia (probably) with pelvic floor pain ("butt pain" or "sitting pain" i call it). I take Percoset 3-4 days a week as needed, usually a half a day when I do. I'm slowly building a tolerance despite those days in=between. Does anyone have a strategy for keeping the tolerance down? I really want to go 3-4 days without to try to get it down, but pain comes up for some reason or another and I just can't do it. Will switching back and forth to Vicodin help or is that like switching benzos which is the same thing? Also, will psych meds cause any drug resistance. Percoset works but I need to take 10 mgs of oxycodone now otherwise I might as well not take anything. I'm having facet joint injections on Monday. We'll see how that goes. My ortho said don't let them turn you into a human pin cushion. Last injection I had was epidural L4/L5 which hurt a LOT*. I did the sedation but it didn't have much effect because I'm already taking benzos everyday and they didn't give me the pain med part because my pulse was too low. I'm going to tell the "pain man" physiatrist this before the injection. Thanks for any advice. If there are other forums that are more active I'd appreciate it. *The pain was from the fluid of the injection pressing on my nerve roots and this isn't normal. I don't want to scare anyone. The local anesthetic is no problem. Just a poke as they say.
  7. I'm sorry, I misunderstood your question initially. I don't know and can't even hazard a guess. Maybe your pharmacist could answer the question. Or if you can wait until tomorrow, call the pdoc's office and ask the nurse. That's OK. I made it through just fine. I took 5mg Zyprexa last night in addition to extra benzo this morning and am lucid enough to write this post. So my heart didn't stop or anything. It was a good gauge for the future. I've taken too little in the past and I'm always cautious about taking too much and I never do it for more than two days in a row. I've gradually lowered my dose over the last year and a half and I don't want to mess that up and go higher again.
  8. .5mg twice a day and 1mg at night. I'm not sure why that matters though. I'm just curious about if there's a different between IV and pill.
  9. No no. I have Ativan and will be taking more for one day because of a very stressful situation, which is fine with my pdoc. I know that in the hospital they will often administer 1-2 mg IV which my pdoc mentioned and I'm wondering if this is equivalent in pill form. He pretty much left the dose up to me and didn't have much to say about it. I know that 1 mg (pill) doesn't do a whole lot for me.
  10. How much gets "lost" when taking a pill? If someone is given a 1mg dose via IV is that equivalent to the pill form aside from the speed that it gets into the system? Thanks.
  11. Thanks Gray. I live in a state where there is no Medigap or Unicare, only Medicare Advantage plans. Some of the best plans look to be Humana and Blue Cross Blue Shield (Anthem and one other under that umbrella) but have heard those are rotten companies to deal with. So I really don't know what to do.
  12. I haven't posted here in quite a while. I just got my disability claim approved after 2 1/2 years. Finally! I'm now eligible for Medicare but am horrified at the options. Are there any posts or web sites to help with this process? Thanks.
  13. I ended up calling a pharmacist. They said the range of Toprol is 25-200mg and propranolol is 10-80mg. She said the range is the only way to really figure an approximate equivalent. So you'd want to take a little less than half the mg amount of Toprol to equal the propranolol. I usually take propranolol but have some Toprol I wanted to use up. I just didn't want my heart rate to go down near death levels. Thanks for looking. I also only found studies.
  14. Can anyone tell me the dosage equivalents of Toprol XL (time release) to propranolol? Thanks.
  15. Same for me. I would keep taking more pills and get more drowsy but no sleep. It works for some people though so don't get discouraged until you give it a good trial.
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