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  • I'm off all medication, finally

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    7 posts, 7 voices, 1879 views, started Dec 2, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 by Mayra Braselton


    • Amethyst

      I have electively taken myself off of all medications.  I currently have a spine injury, and was on some heavy duty stuff. It took me 6 days to detox in the Hospital, and weeks to get back to some normalcy.  I am also off of my anti-depressants for the first time in years. I have good days, and bad days, but overall I feel better in mind, and spirit. I’m just working on getting my body back.

      Do you take medication? How are you doing?

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          Mayra Braselton wrote Dec 2, 2009
        • I have three herniated discs, plus sciatica in my left leg.  I’m not doing great, but I’m not doing as bad as I thought either.

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          Allinet48 wrote Dec 2, 2009
        • I have had a 3 level fusion in my lower back(2 separate surgeries) and a 4 level fusion in my neck, also 2 surgeries. All in last 2 1/2 years. Have degenerative disc disease. Am down to 3 pain pills, 1-2 doses of ibuprofen and nerve pain pills-4-5 a day. And a muscle relaxant at bedtime. Will probably be on most of these meds for a long time if not rest of life. But, I feel I function fairly well. Not able to work as a RN,which I did for 23 years before back gave out. I look at it as necessary for my functioning now-might change later.

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          Dana Arcuri wrote Dec 3, 2009
        • For three years, I have had fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and 4 bulging discs in the low lumbar area.

          This summer, I decreased Cymbalta from 60 mg to 30 mg.  This is one medication that is recommended to wean off gradually or else the pain hits the roof!

          Last month, my low back flared up for not specific reason.  Due to chronic pain radiating in my low back, right hip and down my right leg, I have occasionally taken muscle relaxers and Ibuprofen.  What reduces pain is the BEST method for me to manage my pain level is aqua therapy in a heated pool. The warm water exercises feel good and I love it!

          The one thing that I want to share for those who sincerely want to eliminate medication for pain is that the two methods of alternative pain treatment, which I have used prior to Cymbalta is 5HTP and DL-Phenylalanine.

          DL-phenylalanine contains the amino acids L-phenylalanine and D-phenylalanine. L-phenylalanine, found naturally in protein-rich foods such as beef, poultry, pork, milk, eggs and soy, is converted by the body into another amino acid, L-tyrosine. L-tyrosine is responsible for the creation of certain proteins, thyroid hormones, and brain chemicals including dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Low levels of these neurotransmitters have been associated with poor mood and poor memory.

          D-phenylalanine, not found naturally in any food source, inhibits metabolic enzymes, such as Carboxypeptidase A, from preventing endorphin production. Endorphins are naturally-occurring opiate-like peptides that produce an analgesic effect.

          5HTP or 5-hydroxytryptophan, is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin - which is essential for controlling mood, sleep and pain levels. The body produces 5-HTP from tryptophan, an amino acid found in small amounts in high-protein foods such as chicken, fish, beef and dairy products. It can also be taken in supplemental form, in which case it’s extracted from the seeds of the Griffonia simplicifolia plant.

          5-HTP is believed to help increase serotonin production in the brain, which may positively influence mood. 5-HTP may also help with other health issues related to serotonin deficiency, including nervousness, body tension and stiffness and head cavity discomfort.

          Certain elements of sleep are also believed to be affected by 5-HTP. Supplementing may not only assist with falling asleep faster, but also with increasing the duration of dream states (REM sleep).

          5-HTP may also promote weight management by helping to reduce cravings for sweets and starches, which may help contribute to healthier overall eating habits.  (THIS IS AN ADDED BONUS, WHICH DID HELP ME TO LOSE WEIGHT IN THE VERY BEGINNING OF MY DIET!

          NOTE:  All natural supplements may effect each individual differently.  What works for one person may not automatically work for others.  Consider discussing your medical concerns and supplements with a professional.

          For best results and quickest absorption, take 5-HTP on an empty stomach. Do not take 5-HTP for more than three consecutive months without consulting a healthcare practitioner.

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          Flygirl007 wrote Dec 23, 2009
        • Mayra,

          I wish you all the best on your decision to get off the meds.  I suffer from sciatica, too, as a result of suffering for over 20 years from a herniated disc.  I have taken all kinds of meds to deal with the pain but I am currently only taking Tramadol HCL 50.  It’s been getting the job done but I have my bad days.

          With my sciatica, I get the radiating pain down my left buttock and left leg, especially if I stand still on my feet for about 15 minutes.  No medication has been able to cease that pain.  I’m searching for a solution other than invasive surgery.

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          Conakat wrote Jan 21, 2010
        • I’m really curious how a 6 day detox works. I’ve been on narcotics for the past five years for fibromyalgia. I wanted to try Low-Dose Naltrexone (interesting drug, initially used at higher doses to overcome opioid addiction, that works on the immune system at a lower dose) but from everything I read, you cannot take LDN and narcotics.  

          I found a doctor that prescribed it. I kept trying to get off the narcotics. When I went back to him he asked how the LDN was helping. I wasn’t off the narcotics yet so I fully expected him to recommend a detox facility. Instead he said that his patients have no problem taking both. Huh?  

          I am currently on both narcotics and the LDN and I do see some benefit from the LDN, but the whole idea was to get OFF the narcotics.

          So I am very curious how a 6-day detox works...

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