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    I take Doxepin at night to help me go to sleep. It's a tricyclic but only 10 mg. I havnt been taking it lately since e percocet puts ke to sleep, though. I think it's 10% of a dose for depression.

    You did ease my mind about addiction. I guess dependent is a better word... Just like I'm dependent on my asthma medication.

    I just want to get well enough to go back to school next semester.

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    dependent is a very good word for it.....so long as yah dont quit looking for ways to get off it and aint trying to get stoned and arent trying to get your hands on them in illegal ways you aint an addict.....even though ive gotten opinions im comfortable with every so often i send my files to another doc that i hear good things about to get another opinion which is how ive wound up with two of the same opinions.....ran through 3 boneheads that dang near screwed me up worse which is why im a big fan of getting several opinions before getting cut on.....when things first started going wrong i trusted the first guy i saw and because of it im in alot more pain than i should be given my condition....
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    also, cymbalta, although being used primarily as an antidepressant, is listed in the PDR, and other drug books as being appropiate for nerve pain. I take 60mg a night
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    Sooo... I'm facing spinal surgery. I have five disks that are in various states of herniation, bulging or compression. To compound that problem I had two mris done that found. Had congenital stenosis and my spinal column is half the width it should be.

    I have a lot of pain and numbness. The pain is in mostly my lower back, the numbs is in both legs and feet. I also have "foot drop" the doc said and a lot of weakness in both legs and feet. I had an epidural and that helped and have to get another in a week, then two more before my insurance will pay for ym surgery. Ivebeen hurt for two months and the doc said I have a month before the risk of permanent nerve damage sets in. He wants to remove the top of one of my vertebrae to relieve pressure on my nerves/spinal column.

    I'm getting a second opinion from a neurosurgeon. I'm taking four 7.5 mg percocet a day, three 300 mg neuronton, and three flexeril a day. I take a couple benadryl with each percocet to stop the itchies. So basically I'm in lala land all day, but the pain is mostly gone. I'd rather not have to take them and have no pain, however.

    I have had to take a semester off school. Has anyone else dealth with this kind of problem? I tried a chiropractor and that didn't do anything, plus. Wasted month of my time and money because he thought it was one little problem he could fix. I'll never go to a chiropractor again.

    All this started when I was pulling up trees (saplings) in the yard, then got a job as a waiter and that was the straw that broke the camels back.

    I am extremely nervous. One neurosurgeon said he wasn't qualified to touch me... I didn't know I was that messed up. We are tryi to get an appointment with some head neurosurgeon at Emory but he's booked fora year. His office says he sees a couple of special cases like me per month so cross your fingers that he will see me.

    Dude, that sucks man. I am really hoping for the best for you and I hope you can make a full recovery. Please do keep us updated on how things go. Were all thinking positive thoughts for you man.

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    I was on cymbalta 90 mg for depression and switched to Pristiq 100 mg about four months ago or so. Probably not good to take cymbalta with that since they are both SNRIs. I switched to pristiq because cymbalta was soooo expensive. It wasn't great as an antidepressant IMO anyway. Pristiq is twice as effective (for me) and a quarter of the cost.

    Thanks 101, I got an appmt. With a neurosurgeon Thursday at Emory. He's the guy who teaches students how to do neurosurgery so hopefully he's pretty good.

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    There is a difference between drug tolerance, dependence and addiction. The most recent study I have read says less than 2 percent of those taking narcotics for chronic pain develop an addiction. Part of this is that when in pain the body "uses up" the medicine. Most true addictions are from people who are abusing the substance. They are often self-medicating for reasons other than the pain. Another thing to consider is that one of the side effects of narcotic withdrawl is generalized pain, unrelated to your injury. Which causes people to take more and more narcotics. If you are not already I would suggest seeing a pain specialist. They would be most helpful to manage your prescriptions and try other often more effective drugs then narcotics, like the neurontin you are taking. From your description it does sound like you will need an invasive procedure to correct the spinal cord compression or risk decreased lower extremity function. I would definitely get a second opinion though. Not that the current plan of care sounds wrong, but there many types of treatment that may be available. Have the surgery done if possible by someone who specializes in back / spinal surgeries. Ask them how many times they have done the procedure before. Hope this helps.

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    adding 2 things:
    1: I would suggest a neurosurgeon, not an orthopedist for the surgery
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    2: remember, lots of times the depression is assoicated with chronic pain, trying to treat the depression chemically will not help a "non chemical" depression
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    Quote Originally Posted by chezilla View Post
    There is a difference between drug tolerance, dependence and addiction. The most recent study I have read says less than 2 percent of those taking narcotics for chronic pain develop an addiction. Part of this is that when in pain the body "uses up" the medicine. Most true addictions are from people who are abusing the substance. They are often self-medicating for reasons other than the pain. Another thing to consider is that one of the side effects of narcotic withdrawl is generalized pain, unrelated to your injury. Which causes people to take more and more narcotics. If you are not already I would suggest seeing a pain specialist. They would be most helpful to manage your prescriptions and try other often more effective drugs then narcotics, like the neurontin you are taking. From your description it does sound like you will need an invasive procedure to correct the spinal cord compression or risk decreased lower extremity function. I would definitely get a second opinion though. Not that the current plan of care sounds wrong, but there many types of treatment that may be available. Have the surgery done if possible by someone who specializes in back / spinal surgeries. Ask them how many times they have done the procedure before. Hope this helps.
    just so your clear even with a true chronic pain patient there is physical addiction, but often like in my case no mental addiction....i can tell you what is gonna happen if i quit cold turkey but it aint that bad, 36-48 hour hangover....skin crawling not feeling well crap but nothing that cant be easily dealt with if yah truly want to.....but i will add i went through that at over twice as much as Clint is currently taking......and im to hardheaded to wean myself off nice and easy it can be done with nearly no symptoms over the course of a couple weeks....i seem to prefer the quick and dirty process for some reason.....
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