Medications and Treatments

Current Medications

  • Daily Multi Vitamin/Mineral Supplement
  • DL-Phenylalanine  - 500mg AM / 500mg PM
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid - 300mg AM / 300mg PM
  • Fish Oil - 1000mg AM
  • Cholecalciferol - 2000mg AM
  • Venlafaxine HCL  - 75mg AM / 150mg PM
  • Prazosin HCL - 6mg PM
    • For anyone having nightmares due to their pain, this drug is AMAZING.  It also helps me get sleep even when I wouldn't be able to because of my pain.
  • Fentanyl (Transdermal) - 50mcg/hr
  • Methocarbamol - 750mg twice a day for muscle spasms
    • Alternate every other day with
  • Baclofen - 10mg three times a day for muscle spasms
  • Hydroxyzine Pamoate - 50mg as needed for outbreak pain
  • Oxycodone/Acetaminophen - 5mg/325mg as needed for outbreak pain
  • Medtronic Spinal Cord Stimulator - Cyclic (roughly 1 hour on and then 1 hour off, starting at 8:00 AM and completing at 10:00 PM) provides stimulation to the right lower extremity, with leeds placed to cover the left if needed in the future.

Previous Medications

  • Ibuprofen - 600mg as needed for pain
  • Vicodin - multiple varying strength prescriptions for pain
  • Darvocet - multiple varying strength prescriptions for pain
  • Gabapentin - unknown dosage with no effect
  • Amitriptyline - unknown dosage with no effect
  • Topamax -  unknown dosage, caused severe limb paralysis, difficulties with word recall, severe speech impairment
  • Oxycodone extended release - 10mg every 12 hours
  • Oxycodone fast acting - 5mg as needed for outbreak pain
  • Fentanyl - 25mcg/hr
  • Lidocaine Paste - Applied to affected area when needed / had no positive effect
  • Cyclobenzaprine HCL - 10mg as needed for muscle spasms

Previous Treatments

  • Multiple lower lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks (over 10)
  • Multiple chiropractic adjustments with no positive effect
  • Multiple acupuncture treatments with minimal benefit that often led to more extreme pain
  • Multiple physical therapy sessions; including desensitization, tens-unit applications, bike riding, warm water soaks, massage, pressure treatments, and fittings for household items for the disabled

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