Pain Killers - which ones work best at night

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Interested to know which pain killers work the best for FS.  I've been taking paracetamol and Ibuprofen and sometime sleeping tablets Sominex.  I've tried co-codamol but it doesn't help and scrambles my mind the next morning. Last night nothing seemed to work. I have an MRI scan scheduled in about 6 weeks!

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    Unfortunately it’s a crap-shoot with painkillers, strong ones or, regular ones 

    Ie. triplicate prescription T3’s,  OxyContin, percacet, tramadol, or fentanyl.... nothing seemed to work .. even getting a shot of Demerol or morphine in hospital didn’t do much.

    Only one or 2 times did I feel some pain relief from these above...

    Unfortunately 

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    Have you tried icing it regularly? I know that helps take the edge off for many people with this condition. It helped me in the beginning of the freezing stage. My shoulder is fully frozen now so although it's still painful, it's no where near as bad as it was in the beginning. The pain does get less in time. Stage one of FS is the most painful.

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    My family doctor prescribed codeine at first, which was effective during the day, and then he offered long-acting codeine for night. It was so nice to get a few more hours sleep. The long-acting form of the painkiller that works best for you seems to be the key for night time. I used heat mostly for the achy kind of pain, ice for the burning kind of pain, and lots of pillows/support/sleeping upright. The later freezing stage is definitely the worst months if you are following a more natural route of treatment (no surgery/manipulation). Once it froze, I rarely used painkillers. It's hard to know whether or not it worked, but I also used Diclofenac (prescription form of Voltaren gel), an anti-inflammatory. 

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      Thanks - I've tried co-codomol but didn't seem to work and made me feel stange so yesterday I was given Diclofenac Sodium 50.  Fingers crossed. It's so painful.  Had MRI scan and seeing consultant for results on Friday.

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      Hi Louise2905: How did your appt go? I definitely needed more than diclofenac gel. The doc explained that pain & pain meds work like two gears fitting together well. You need just the right amount of med to fit the amount of pain, never more or less, for the best management. For me, the difference was having the long-acting version for best control. All the best, Liane.

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      Hi Liane

      Thanks for your response. It seems I have fractured my shoulder and it's now frozen.  I'm now waiting for Hydrodilitation injection which I am hoping might help.  The consultant basically told me to only take paracetamol, nothing will really help the intense pain and if I can't sleep get up and do some ironing!!!  He said taking diclofenac pills can give me stomach ulcers. 

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      So sorry to hear. The diclofenac I had was in gel form that I rubbed on my shoulder, but yes, any anti-inflammatory pills can be hard on the stomach over time. That's almost too funny that he suggested ironing. rolleyes 

      I get frustrated by the medical community who doesn't understand pain management. Of course there is pain treatment that will work better & ideas that will work; he was basically saying he didn't want to be the one to sort that through with you. 

      In the worst of my night pain I spent a lot of time on this forum - NOT ironing! There is quite a bit about hydrodilitation (aka hydrodilation if you're searching the term).

      Take care, Liane

       

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