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Unread 12-07-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default Pain med's for PCS

What kind of med's are you taking ...?
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Unread 12-07-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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Naproxen 500mg as needed....I don't do the pain medicine before this accident or after.....anxiety pills usually calm stuff down for myself.

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Unread 12-07-2012, 09:29 PM   #3
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I take acetaminophen for head aches and sometimes add aspirin if the head ache is bad.

Anxiety meds can be counter productive, especially the benzodiazepines. If they help with pain, learning some relaxation techniques may be helpful.
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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Unread 12-07-2012, 10:21 PM   #4
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Oxycodone for baseline pain, Tramadol and Norco for breakthrough.
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Unread 12-07-2012, 10:50 PM   #5
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I've not found anything that works for my head pain, so I don't take anything. I am taking Topomax though and am hopeful it will eventually reduce my head pain.

The only improvement I've noticed so far is I don't wake up crying at night from the head pain anymore, I still wake up, just not crying. That's something.

The trade off is my hair is falling out at an alarming rate and food tastes bad.

But ibuprofen, tylenol, aspirin... none of those even take the edge off, so I don't bother.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 01:00 AM   #6
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I wouldnt recommend taking anything in the OPIATE class of drugs.

It will usually help with the pain and make you feel really good...but you can/will become addicted and if you ever decide to get off them, the withdrawal effects are brutal.

Im just sayin....

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well went back to the Dr today and we are going to try Fioricet anyone else take this ...
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Unread 12-10-2012, 02:34 PM   #8
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Ibuprofin (Tylenol) Only when I get the migraine symptoms which luckily for me is infrequent.
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I have used, Oxycodone, Valium, Fiorcet. The oxycodone was my go to for the worst pain. I was afraid of the Valium and Fiorcet was started after my headaches stopped being severe and nonstop. I also frequent use aleve.
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Unread 12-10-2012, 09:02 PM   #10
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i have used Fioricet. It really helped me with pain. Just be careful not to take it every day. It can cause rebound headaches if you take it too often. I think that they say not to use it more than twice a week...

If I get a migraine, I take Axert along with Reglan for the nausea.

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