It's only a matter of time before I develope a tolerance for my pain killers and need a higher and higher dose for relief, so I've been forced to switch to lots of new drugs. I'm into the prescription stuff right now, some of which I can get free with Student Health at my university. Relafen worked from Sept until this month...they had to keep upping my dose and finally the maximum didn't do jack to stop the pain, so now I'm on Diclofenac.
Diclofenac is an NSAID, which stands for Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drug. I think the last medicine I had was an NSAID too. They're usually prescibed for arthritis, but sometimes for menstrual cramps and post-operative pain because all of those three involve swelling along with pain. For me these have no side-effects, and unlike almost all previous drugs, it blocks ALL the pain, not just lessening the pain.
I also can take Propoxyphene, which is suppose to be a little stronger than the Diclofen for really bad days. The doctor said it was a narcotic, but I haven't noticed any side effects, but I'm nor sure. I was so thrilled when the medicine kicked in and the pain went away, and I kinda wonder if the pill helped make me happy.
Anybody else out there on the same stuff as me? Or something similar? What's working for you? I'd love to compare, but sadly I haven't had the time to drop by here often, so if any body was wondering where I was, I've been way too busy with school!