Years ago after horrendous headaches and neck pain and trips to the ER I was diagnosed w/ osteoarthritis that cause migraines. Been taking hydrocodone for it since then and it's been a godsend. 2 little pills and both problems go away and I can function.............I don't take them everyday, more like 3 or 4 days a week, 2 pills and I'm good for most of the day. I also have a tens unit which has help tremendously as well. Take LOTS of hot baths etc. Fast forward to now.......I don't want to take the hydro any more. I guess I'm going thru withdrawal (yes, I'm over on the substance forum too! lol) which is pissing me off, but I'm dealing. Anyway, I've discovered SAM-e and it's been WONDERFUL! I've noticed a big difference in the osteoarthritis (maybe that's why I want off the hydro) and now I'm wondering if I can do anything else to help.
Does acupuncture help? I've thought about it but wanted to know if anyone else has done this for pain management. I take SAM-e in the morning and afternoon w/ a super complex B. I also take kava kava which has been a godsend in the evenings and what I'm dealing w/ now w/ the withdrawal. I don't want to take any prescriptions from a doctor. I don't like taking pills and dealing w/ the side effects. Never had any side effects from the hydro except for this pesky withdrawal. lol Thanks for the help!!