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MS And Pain Relief

Many of us with MS deal with various types of pain. If you do deal with pain, what type of pain do you have and how do you find relief from it?

Mind you that may not mean completely removing the pain, it may simply mean that you do something to make it more bearable.

  1. I'll start and say that I encounter a lot of pain. Typically burning nerve pain in my legs but sometimes also in my arms. It's as if my legs are on fire on the inside. Other times it feels like they are burning on the outside. I don't have much relief. I have found that Cymbalta takes the edge off just a very small tad. I'll also utilize marijuana when I have especially bad days.

    1. thanks for kicking off the conversation and sharing what works well for you. It's always helpful to hear from our fellow community what they find effective. - Alene, moderator

    2. You are fortunate to have access to the medications you mentioned. Alas I don't have access to ANY medications. Maybe it is different here in Australia. My legs feel like 2 lumps of hot concrete, which is full of live ants. Maybe they are fire ants?

  2. I take 900 mg of gabapentin 3x daily, I use baclofen and pregabalin (prn), Tylenol 3(with codeine) and I use thc/cbd. I find if I smoke sativa (thc) during the day and then use indica edibles at hs with my bedtime meds it helps. I haven't had a pain free day in a long time but together all these do help. Along with a heat pack

    1. absolutely and somedays it doesn't work it's just part of the journey

    2. are you ok on gabapentin! I’ve just come off it because of the side effects do you not find that happens

  3. I take lots of gabapentin and an occasional Tramadol when the jellyfish sting sensations just get absurd. Daily aching somewhere as well, kind of rotates around like a wheel of misfortune. Usually elbow/s, knee/s, Achilles, ribs, etc. I went 20 years with barely any symptoms besides occasional mild numbness somewhere, pain started a few years ago and WOW I have really changed my outlook about travel, visiting people, etc. Don't want to do any of it now. I like being at home when I'm not working. I do work full time on my feet most of the day. Typically not doing great by closing time! No coworkers, so I am still normal seeming to others.

    1. cheers! Thank you, I'm grateful for this community. MS is so weird! Take care 😀

    2. that's a lot to be working on your feet all day, especially without any coworkers to pitch in when you need help. I hope that you're prioritizing rest as best you can when you're done work at the end of the day. - Alene, moderator

  4. Thank you! The gabapentin took a while to really make a diff. Couple months really. Thanks so.much for your articles Mr Garlit.

    1. I've heard that about that prescription that it can take a while to really kick in. I'm glad that you were able to find it to be helpful in time though. - alene, moderator

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