• 11 months ago

    Living and Dealing with Chronic Pain

    Hello everyone, I'm new here. I've been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. I've been on so many different medications - from Cymbalta, to Lyrica, to Robaxin, to Gabapentin and so forth. Right now, I am on Klonopin (for anxiety), Prozac (OCD and Depression), Flexeril (muscle spasms), Ritalin (ADHD), and Tramadol (for as needed pain). I have flare ups a lot, sometimes to the point where hospitalization is needed. I have a few questions to ask regarding my condition and medications (this is for suggestions only, this does not replace the advice of a doctor).

    1.) What's the difference between Tramadol and Tramadol ER? I feel as if the Tramadol 50 mg/4 times a day isn't enough for me.

    2.) I'm going to physical therapy next week to try things out. How effective is excersice for those with chronic pain?

    3.) Will I have to be on these medications for the rest of my life? Or can I someday live without them, pain-free?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. I plan on posting on this message board to try and become more social with those who have similar health problems with me.