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Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Apr 6, 2013 - 09:20am PT
Mike, I'm pretty sure most of this stuff requires a careful taper, specifically with the synthetic opiates and demonstrably so with the Cymbalta.
I've been very compliant with a nice easy taper off of all of it. I.e. a long slope out.

Heal it up BIG Mike!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 6, 2013 - 10:09am PT
Thanks Tar! I'm killing it so far. It sounds like you know about long roads. I'll see you on the other side brother!
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Apr 6, 2013 - 10:35am PT
And Mike, you mentioned constipation with synthetic opiates.
Totally bad news. Same for most of us I would imagine. (Cymbalta did that to me as well and I now have permanent hemorrhoids from it. Ligation failed; I don't know why gastroenterologists even bother).

I found excellent results with Senna:sennosides 8.6 mg, a natural laxative. Two per day. Even with one Vicodin I would take a Senna.
Also followed that up with the standard cap-full dose of polyethylene glycol 3350. Once per day.

Not sure why they like to recommend milk of magnesia: that stuff just gunks up my stomach. Okay, back to the Saturday morning funny papers.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 6, 2013 - 10:39am PT
I've been having decent results with prune juice, and they give me cynacide or something. But since easter the chocolate intake has seemed to make things pretty smooth. Or better at least. I'll look into your suggestions though.

Ya the peg does ok too. I'm not super fond of how gassy it makes me..
MH2

climber
Apr 6, 2013 - 11:08am PT
they give me cynacide or something


Same thing Tarbuster mentioned: sennoside
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 6, 2013 - 11:11am PT
Right. I like chocolate better tho.. ;)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 6, 2013 - 12:42pm PT
Mcdonalds seems to work pretty damn good too.. ;)

Good thing i have an appointment with my pharmacist next week to learn more about these drugs i'm taking.... I'm pretty clueless so far.. "Is that the little orange round one?" ;)
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
I am also trying to figure out whether icing is really helpful.

Conventional wisdom says yes, but I am not so sure. It limits blood supply, so the haeling process is altered.

Very confusing.

Ibuprofen is bad, that's a fact.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 6, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
If it's swollen, yes icing is helpful. The key is to limit the amount you do it. 20 mins or so every 3 to 4 hours. If you're worried about blood flow, hot and cold contrast can be an excellent solution as well, after the first 48 hours.
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Apr 6, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
I see potential here!
This could become the "Friday Night While Posting on Non-Recreational Pharmaceuticals Thread".

HAHAHAHAHA.. That's boss Roy! I was sleeping with Dr. Trazadone when this thread took off.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 6, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
My wife is between shoulder surgeries, right was done seven weeks ago, the left goes under in two weeks. She ices relentlessly and says it's the one thing that always works to calm the pain. We have three of the big Motion1 ice packs she rotates through icing about every 2-3 hours for ten minutes/shoulder and prefers them to the pumped shoulder icing system we also have.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2013 - 02:22pm PT
Icing helps with the pain, but it may slow down healing.
orle

climber
Apr 6, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
Icing helps with the pain, but it may slow down healing.

Would it then help to go fasting?

BTW I take pregabalin daily, used to take 600mg a day, now down to 300mg. I'm still tapering off, and I'm considering switching to (the supposedly weaker/milder) gabapentin instead.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 6, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
I am going into the Hospital on Tuesday for spine surgery

two hour procedure to remove enough bone to allow some main nerves more freedom from being pushed on now by collapsing discs

I have been on spine injections and heavy pain pills for ten years

yes, narcotics do in addition to blocking pain also slow down the metabolism

and that means ya can't move your bowels very easily

what works is drinking a glass of Metamucil a day to add fiber

and taking two stool softeners a day



my adice is to choose your parents more carefully to eliminate genetic bad stuff

and of course, don't get old, just say no to aging
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 6, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Good luck norton!!

Wishing you the best!! Let us know how it turns out please!
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2013 - 06:30pm PT
Good luck Norton!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 6, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
That stuff makes me drool.
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Apr 6, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
Hey I dont need anything to make me drool.

All the best Norton...
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Apr 6, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
Another unfortunate side effect.....


















Credit: kennyt
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
Kenny don't post the pics of me, please.
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