All of you people suffering incredible amounts of pain caused by DJD, DDD, fibro, and other things-and you're using Voltaren, NSAID's, aspirin, tylenol cream, pain relief patches, etc-you're trying to put out a forest fire with a garden hose. I'm in the very advanced stages of DJD and DDD and have been getting treatment for the past 16 years. I'm 68 years old. Fortunately, I live in NYC and not in some small town where EXPERT medical help is not always available. I get my pain medical treatment done at what's probably the finest pain medical center on the East coast. Doctors who aren't pain SPECIALISTS shouldn't be treating pain, for they don't have a clue in the world what to do about it. I was on morphine (MS Contin) for 11 years and it worked quite well until I finally built up such a tolerance that I had to switch to another type of medication. Small town doctors scream, "Morphine!, that's addictive. I refuse to prescribe it." They don't know the difference between addiction and drug dependency, and there's all the difference in the world. They simply don't have a clue. Currently, I take Gabapentin (3600mg/day), Cymbalta (20mg/day) and METHADONE (60mg/day) for my pain and I feel fantastic. In all honesty there are reasons I don't like the methadone, which I won't bother to explain here. I mentioned this to my psycho-pharmacologist (a specialist in pharmacology) and she suggested I switch from methadone to SUBOXONE, a very effective pain med without some of the methadone side effects. I discussed this with my pharmacist and she thought the switch to suboxone was an excellent idea. I would also suggest googling ANATABLOC. It's a dietary supplement that's very new on the market, and it's an amazing anti-inflamatory agent. It can be purchased thru Amazon and found cheaper at GNC online (with a Gold Card). I sincerely hope that many of you suffering from extreme pain who can't find a pain management specialist find this information useful. Talk it over with you pharmacologist. They seem to frequently know more about the treatment of pain than many 'small town' doctors who don't know a thing about the proper medications for excessive pain management. By the way, I do use Voltaren Gel on my feet when I need to and it certainly helps get rid of that numb-tingling feeling and the napalm like burning sensation at the nerve endings on the bottom of the feet. Good luck all.View Thread
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