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Does anyone take pain medication?

So, I've had MS now for a few years. Lately, I've been getting really bad muscle tightening and spasms. It's just so painful. What do I do? My doctor says MS is not painful, and I have barely slept in a week. I'm tired and in constant pain.

  1. Hi , I'm so sorry to hear you're in so much pain and that you haven't found help from your doctor. While community members may share their personal experience with you, I thought you might be interested in knowing that many find it helpful to get a second opinion when their doctor isn’t providing them with the kind of care they need. I thought I'd also share with you this article on types of pain associated with MS and typical treatment options: https://multiplesclerosis.net/symptoms/pain-chronic-pain/
    I hope this provides you with some help. Keep in mind that treatments work differently for different people, so we definitely encourage you to speak with a doctor or specialist about what would be right for you. We really hope you’re able to get the kind of health care you deserve. Please keep us posted. Best, Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

    1. My neurologist prescribed Tramadol (gabapentin). Works well enough. NO Opioids. I also take regular strength acetaminophen, when necessary, but use it sparingly. Have dealt with MS diagnosis for 41 years so am well-versed in its pain. Get plenty of rest and spoil yourself. Judi

      1. Hi, Tramadol is a synthetic opioid, though a mild one. Gabapentin is generic for Neurontin, which is prescribed for nerve pain.

        Just wanted to let you know!
        Best of luck!

    2. My pain mgmt doctor prescribed opana. I took it for almost ten years. My doctor slowly increased the dosage to a point where I didn't realize the horrible effects it was having on my health. I finally realized that I wasn't thinking straight and had become physically dependent. It was a horrible experience getting off the opioid, but I did, and never again will I take it. I am also really surprised that I don't feel worse since kicking the dependency.

      1. Congratulations on your hard work in kicking your addiction and staying free all this time. It's quite an accomplishment and speaks to your determination to take care of yourself. I'm thankful you are doing well and grateful you have shared your story with us. Thank you for being part of our commmunity. Donna S. Moderator MultipleSclerosis.net

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