Welcome to MedHelp. I am glad you found us at the Pain Management Forum. But I am sorry to hear about your pain. You are so brave to go without opiates. I could not function without them. And I am not a candidate for the Stimulator.
Toradol is sometimes used successfully. I do not know about long term use of it but I can research it and let you know. It is a non-narcotic, non-steroid "Big Dog" anti -inflammatory drug.
There may be other drugs also that do not come to mind at this minute. But there are other members that will post with different suggestions, information and opinions. Please let us know how you are doing. I am glad you have found some relief with the Spinal Cord Stimulator. Take care, Tuck
I too would like to know other meds for chronic back pain other than narcotics. I am on meds for an ulcer, so anti-inflammatories seem to be out of the question. The TENS unit, I was told , would not help. I've also tried the Licoderm patches, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, and injections.
Like bioticwoman, I'm too young to be this "disabled". Can't shop, garden, or do any of the things I used to do. Life has stopped. I am sick of it.
If there's nerve pain involved you can try neurontin, Lyrica and the antidepressant Cymbalta.
Definitely try neurontin or cymbalta if there is nerve pain involved. Many people have bad withdraw symptoms from Lyrica, which is why I didn't recommend that one.
I have used Lyrica (pregabalin) for 3 months so far and it works for my thoracic back pain and neck pain. Lyrica is an anti-convulsant. Before trying it, or one of the other anti-convulsants (eg gabapentin, carbamazepine, etc), get your doc to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney and liver function, weight, blood cell shape and white cell count. That gives you a solid baseline for comparing against later on, ie when on the medication.
Lyrica is not without side-effects; however, a large number of the side-effects fade with time. A few side-effects, on the other hand, seem to be constant, at least while on the lyrica.
Lingering side-effects are weight gain and a small degree of muscle twitch every now and then. It also seems to have an overall calming effect on my mood, and not so desirably, on libido. Lyrica is somewhat indiscriminate in the neural paths that it affects, which is presumably one of the reasons that such a range of side-effects are common.
However, as I have increased my daily dose, I have noticed that the amount of pain I experience has diminished in proportion to the dosage. I'm using 600mg/day, having tried 150, 300, and 450 mg/day.
Many people, myself included, cop a lot of transient side effects during the first 2-4 weeks; a lot of people are put off continuing on it due to the initial side effects. Personally, I spent the first day feeling like my head was in the clouds. For about a week to 10 days I had some coordination problems, eg walking steady, picking things up, etc. Short term memory loss and recall problems, and some minor slurring of words also occurred for about 3-5 weeks. My eyes also felt funny for 3-4 weeks.
After about a month I realised that my propensity to put on weight had increased from near zero to quite a bit: careful diet and exercise are my recommendation for anyone trying this drug out. By exercise I just mean walking or something similar (if the drug works, this should hopefully be possible). Be aware though, that noone knows what the long term consequences are of using lyrica - there just isn't the data yet.
I've taken Gabapentin (generic Neurontin) for almost 4 years along with other meds. It seems to help my severe nerve damage in my shin.