Hi all I have just come back from an introduction to pain management session, the program is 1 day a week for 6hrs over 8 weeks, this is OK but from what they said they will cover is leaving me a bit sceptical as to how it will help, they said there would be no hands on but mainly talking therapy exchanging with others what has worked for them, I wanted to get my pain meds sorted but this wouldn't be included in the course.
I stayed behind to speak to the specialist pain nurse and explained that when I had my MDT appointment I told the Dr that my pain meds don't seem to have any effect, I currently take 200mg tramadol slow release twice daily, 100mg gabapentin at night (any more than this makes me feel like a zombie), I also take antidepressant venlafaxine 75mg am and 150mg pm and blood pressure tablets, I have been taking the tramadol for over 20 years now and I just feel that I'm taking it for no reason and so it's pointless.
I've asked what could I do to improve my pain meds and she said that there isn't a pain med that works on chronic pain and if the tramadol isn't working then just stop taking it, but did point out I would need to reduce it over a few weeks starting with going on to normal release then I will be able to reduce the strength. This to me is a very scary prospect as I know what it is like if I forget to take just 1 tablet, I get the shakes my body is shaky and irritable, I can't lie down and I feel really horrible.
Has anyone got any suggestions on how to come off them and suggest an alternative, my main problem is my lower spine with a bulging disc pressing on a nerve so get sciatic pain down my left leg.
Thanks in advance for your help regards Sheryl