Many of us have experienced/experience pain in different degrees, it is a by product of Spinal Cord Injury that not many are lucky enough to not experience. I am going to post a thread for each type of pain that is experienced and I would really appreciate it if members can post a reply of what you have found to be effective in some way.
Of course every individual is different and what works for one may not work for another but at least there is a reference here that can be considered and suggested to a doctor. So please post up what works for you but remember we are looking at pain medication for the longer term pain that is described as Chronic pain.
Chronic pain is pain that is experienced for at least several months an injury. , In spinal cord injury, it seldom goes away because the root cause is still there although surgery often alleviates the initial trauma.
I consider myself fortunate because at this moment, the pain that I experience is manageable. I don't need extensive pain relief or management so I take Ibrufen and paracetamol at intervals inbetween each other ( as prescribed by my consultant)., this combination seems very effective for the lower grade pain.
Please share guys, lets make this a great 'go to ' resource for others
My pains are amplified by dietary reactions or simply having gas. When there is a lot of gas in the intestines all pains are amplified 4 or 5 times, so sticking with organic foods, foods without additives, and avoiding simple carbs helps me more than medication. I do use 1200 mg of gabapentin and 30 mg of baclofen daily. I'm fortunate that these 2 traditional meds help me to be close to comfortable but only when I eat right. If I do not, no amount of pain med increase will touch the pain.
I also have much less pain when I exercise and stretch every day. being sedentary amplifies pain over time, which I find especially true with banding.
I'm lucky that I don't get the nerve pain that I know that some others get. (Though this may mean that my injuries so severe that absolutely no signal gets through at all). However, my neck and shoulder muscles are always extremely tight and give me low-grade constant pain. For some reason, the pain in my one scapula gets worse the whole time I'm lying down. Normally taking 200 mg of ibuprofen has some effect, though some nights I also take a Tylenol, and once a month or so when it gets really bad I take a Tylenol 3. I tried Aleva but it doesn't really help.
In my country, both medical and recreational cannabis are legal, but I don't think there are any strains that will help the muscle pain that I feel. it could help with seasonal depression however.
midtoad, it might be from gallstones. Try drinking lots of organic apple juice. If this gives you relief, gallstones would be likely. In that case, there is a “liver flush” explained in many places on the internet for getting rid of gallstones without surgery.
Carsie boy goes through acute 'episodes' of EXTREME pain that can last from 25 minutes to 6 hours, Endone seems to help but only a bit. Right now I'm toying with the idea of Cannabis, it's really the only thing we have left that hasn't already been tried.