Pain management is defeating me.

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My helpful drug is now discontinued and banned and nothing else has helped and gives me terrible side effects.  Yesterday I told a GP that leg and other muscle spasms are disabling me and beyond acceptable pain level but nothing else was offered to me.  I am losing confidence to even get up in the mornings because the slightest movement makes spasms start and I sob with pain.  Has anybody any pain relief suggestion for muscle spasms?

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    Sorry they stopped your drug.

    I have suffered from the spasms for years. They keep me from sleeping properly, which caused short term memory loss.

    I went to the pain Doctor first. I was going to get an injection. Instead she said I needed the Surgeon. He believes this should help. Since my spinal fluid is totally blocked off. Plus the nerves are being pinched.

    At the very least I am hoping to stay the same and not get worse.

    Methadone helped a long time. I take the lowest dose. 2.5 mg every 6 hours, total 10 mg. Not all doctors will prescribe it. Drug additics take much higher doses. 150 mg

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    Try asking Arthritis Research now called Versus Arthritis who have a help line and lots of info booklets. Magnesium is a well known muscle relaxant either in tablet firm or magnesium oil which you can buy. What about a Tens machine. don't say where the arthritis is, the GP should have offered something else - usually it's physio or a pain relief clinic - go back. Hope you find something to help.

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    Have you been assessed by a physiotherapist who may be able to perform some therapies to "reset" your muscles?  Have you seen a neurologist to check for some underlying condition which can be treated by something other than a painkiller?  

    We don't know what your drug is but I assume it is an opioid.  You will be suffering the loss of this medication and it is very disturbing that you are not being given anything, whether a chemical or some other support, to help you through a very difficult time.  There ARE ways to help people withdraw from their medication, but stopping cold turkey, or with a much too short taper, is not the way.  Surely the pain clinic knows some methods which can help you through this time?  All the best, and please keep in touch.

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    Hi There,

    I'm not sure if you are in the UK, but Gabapentin might be a drug that you could try? I know for certain it is a current drug and often is prescribed for pain relief with many less side effects than opiods

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