My psychiatric nurse doesn’t want to prescribe both lorazepam tablets I take for high anxiety (2-3 .5 mg/day) now my lorazepam suppositories (1-2/day 1mg) that help my pelvic pain. I have been on them for years as they help. Nor does she want to prescribe my pregabalin for my back pain which also helps. She suggested I go see a pain doctor. My former psychiatrist prescribes these meds and was confident in doing that. Who do I actually try next; a pain doctor or psychiatrist? Does anyone know of alternatives that work well that aren’t so controversial? I don’t know what my next step is. Thanks.
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@lgumerman. I have ongoing and chronic pain in my back and hips from osteoarthritis. It can be just awful so I know how terrible it is to live with this.
I can understand the reluctance of the psychiatric nurse practitioner in prescribing lorazepam since this is a controlled substance with known addiction potential. Are you also prescribed lorazepam in suppository form and oral form? Maybe taking lorazepam orally as well as in a suppository is too high a dose? Is that what the nurse practitioner said? I wasn't sure from what you posted.
I don't understand, though, what the problem is with prescribing pregabalin. That medication (brand name is Lyrica) is used to treat epilepsy but it also approved for muscle pain and stiffness in fibromyalgia.
I don't believe pregabalin has addictive potential from what I've read.
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Psychiatry appointments can be difficult to get and schedule depending on where you live. You might find it easier to get in with and to talk to a physician who specializes in pain to get an idea of what alternatives might be available. Chronic pain can be such a challenge to treat and a physician who specializes in pain should be able to explain more about this and suggest alternatives to try.
What do you think your next step will be?
People do become addicted to Lyrica.
@sears All I know is that it helps with my back each day. I take two in a day and have never taken more. While I need that medication I don’t abuse it and it helps. That is to me what’s important.
@naturegirl5 Thks. I have been on lorazepam for years and it helps No take both orally and as a suppository. I have never abused it by taking more than prescribed. In total and combined methods I might take 2mg. I am sure there are others out there that take a lot more than that. I have had pelvic pain since 2003 and this
Medicine is a godsend.
I think my next step is to see a pain doctor after all. I agree someone who specializes in pain will offer help. Thks!