Back pain siatica meds not working

Hi I have been suffer ing back pain and leg pain for nearly 4 years am currently taking palexia 200mg twice daily as well as solpadeine 4 hourly and its not working anymore I also take Valium at night but here I am at 3 am in bits any advice would be considered my gp is very conservative about meds and have a monthly battle for the solpadeine. Help

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  • I have suffered for 35 years almost, even with Co-Codamol (which is capsule form Solpadol), and Oxycodone there is still some pain, and the degree varies depending on what I do during the day. Too much walking and I'm in agony!

    I do find that heat helps, a rub like Radian B or one with Ibuprofen in (I can't use them because of reflux) and a pillow between your knees to open up your pelvis helps ease the pain in bed.

  • Hi Dan,

    No I don't mind at all. 30mg, so a lot less than you; 15mg slow release (Oxycontin) morning and night. I was on Oxynorm to begin with, but the breakthrough pain was awful, my pharmacist at the time suggested slow release and even rang my GP to say so. Thanks to him the pain is lessened, but I still have to top up with Co-Codamol in between.

    I'm coming back as a ruddy pigeon!

  • I'm lucky in that my GP listens to me I suppose. I've taken Co-Codamol for 20 years and been on Oxycontin 3. I've never had a high from anything, even Morphine, must have a strong constitution eh? ;0)

    As you say, the Oxycontin takes the edge off, but I certainly know when I've done something I shouldn't...Like, digging a border out in my garden a couple of days ago...OUCH!

    Apart from that, not too bad, hope you are too x

  • Never have and even morphine doesn't affect me.

  • Hi firstly it might be an idea to find another GP within the same practice who will be sympathetic to your condition & pain. Sake to be referred to a pain clinic. I take fentanyl patches these are the strongest morphine patches you can get. I still have pain but it takes the edge off. A pain clinic is your best option in my opinion. I hope this helps. I'm sure you're in so more pain. I do understand. Take care. Vanessa

  • Request a referral to the local pain clinic or osteopath. The GP must honour any request for referral, that way you can get someone looking into the cause of the pain as well as learning how to manage it. Good luck

  • I take the same medication as you for almost the same sort of pain, my pain consultant added Dosolupine, which is an anti-depressant, it also augments other pain meds, and helps me too sleep.A lot of people take Amitriptyline which is the same family as Dosolupine but for me has less side effects. I would, as others have suggested change my G.P if at all possible, and ask for a referral to a pain clinic, there are some excellent G.P's out there but with the best will in the world are not specialist in pain control, a lot of them are purely trying to make you go away,and the hit and miss prescribing is detrimental to the cause of pain relief. Diazepam is a terribly addictive drug and has no effect on pain, if your G.P is trying to help you get some sleep, that is not the drug to be using long term, there are so many other better ones out there that would also help you with pain control, why wouldn't he think of prescribing a drug that would do both. I hope you get the help you need soon. We are always here to help and support you, even if you just want to rant !

  • I wasn't aware that my post was making any claims as to the safety of any particular drug, all drugs have their problems, I was simply stating that was what my pain consultant put me on and it could be something to add to the pain ladder. As for the Diazepam as a qualified nurse I was actually speaking from experience, more patients get admitted to hospital then you think prescribed Diazepam for reasons that beggar belief. I was also not aiming my comments at that particular G.P. And while I am well aware that Diazepam is helpful for muscle spasms ect if it was being used for this purpose it would be better prescribed over the whole day so the pain receptors would be less likely to fire off and cause the spasms. I'ts unfortunate that you have exception to my post, the person I was replying to asked for help, that usually means everybody here has an opinion and we we don't target each others posst. I am more than happy to remove it if the consensus is that it is unsafe or ill informed.

  • Oh Dan you do like to upset people with your opinions on medications don't you? Here was me thinking that you'd changed ;0)

  • Well, that much is obvious chuck lol

    I know that not everyone can agree, and it isn't just the internet where people disagree with one another. But on the internet people do tend to say things that they wouldn't to your face (I'm not one of them, no troll here or "keyboard warrior, what you see is what you get with me anywhere!). You do seem to take great delight in contradicting people when it comes to medicines.

    Is this just based on personal experience or do you actually have medical training of some kind?

    I don't agree about addiction, but then again, I have never had the "high" or "craving" people seem to get with any the medical profession seem to fret about.

    I do think though, Dan, that you need to think about the way you word your posts. I'm outspoken, but you even managed to sound like you were bullying me at one point!

  • I "brought fear into the community"? Oh come on! No-one was fearful or scared, and I brought my dad into it because, until I was given Oxycodone, his was my only experience of it. The nurses had told me that it was given as a substitute for Morphine. I didn't "back down" I wasn't the nine getting nasty and name calling, I apologised for getting mixed up. There is a difference. Why bring that up again anyway? Nothing to do with this. One person may have agreed with you, but others saw that you were being nasty towards me.

    I thought we were getting somewhere Dan, but obviously you like to push your medical training (whatever that is) nobody said you wanted to "reinvent the wheel" (strange analogy to my mind). In future, I would prefer it if we didn't acknowledge one another. You really do have a way with words.

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  • hi ladyzana here i should have said that i also take prozac and eltroxin as i have no thyroid, have been to the pain clinic and had an epidural but it has'nt worked i have to wait for december for my next appointment.

  • Don't wait until December, if you're in more, or just the same, pain, then they can't expect you to just wait. Ring them and explain, ask if you can be seen earlier. I did and was seen three months earlier, got my occipital nerve block two months earlier last time.

  • thanks jaynep will give that a go.

  • It took me 3 years of battle to get my GP to refer me to neuroscience team. When they listened it transpired that I had spinal problems passed off as just slipped discs however 6 months later ended up emergency admission and had become Cauda Equina. Now 1 1/2 years later after decompression surgery I'm on Gabbapentin 4600mg daily, Zomorph 30mg twice daily, Oramorph req for breakthrough pain relief, Naproxen 500mg twice with amytrip, diazepam at night time. Even those don't always solve the issues but at least I tend to get more rest now than I did.

  • Yes! I take 3x900mg and 1x1200mg 3900mg daily.

  • Well spotted lol

  • Morning everyone,

    Can we please keep on topic and avoid unnecessary arguing between members. This is an interesting topic and it would be a shame to spoil it with negative content.

    ''If they think someone have breached the guidelines: The best thing to do is to ignore and report. Users that respond to abuse are likely to contribute with the negative atmosphere and engage in conflict''

    Thank you all for your understanding.

  • Hi, I'm a physical therapist and I specialise in helping my clients recover from chronic pain. If you're interested in recovering from back pain without becoming dependent on pain killers I would recommend reading "Chronic Pain- Your key to Recovery" by Georgie Oldfield, or "The Mindbody Prescription" by John Sarno. Or contacting your local TMS or SIRPA practitioner who specialise helping patients become pain-free long term. If you'd like any more information I'd be happy to help.

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