Non-Prescription Pain Relief

Posted by suzanne2 @suzanne2, Aug 16, 2020

There is always a lot of discussion about pain relief using prescription medication but I would like to know if there is anything anyone has found over the counter that really works on pain. I guess I am talking more about muscle pain, or as I have fibromyalgia pain. I just went through a difficult weekend and I have no prescription medication to turn to. If anyone has something they have found that is nonprescription and has helped them I would appreciate their sharing.

@suzanne2

@sandytoes14 Thank you for the suggestion. I will definitely check out the Theraworks and hopefully it will help the fibromyalgia. Some days can be torture!

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@suzanne2 You are welcome! Yes, torture is right. I am now on medical marijuana with my pain doctors blessing. Low dose THC and CBD have helped muscle pain the most.

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@suzanne2

@gingerw I have been taking turmeric supplements for sometime. I thought they worked at the beginning but now not so sure. Maybe I need to change brands. I just found an Amish lotion. It seems to help but it is so greasy and smells to high. Maybe okay when I am home but not great if going out.

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@suzanne2 If you have something that works for you, don't let the smell stop you from using it. I use a capsaicin type ointment on my knee sometimes, and if people don't like it, too bad! ;))
Ginger

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@sandytoes14

@suzanne2 You are welcome! Yes, torture is right. I am now on medical marijuana with my pain doctors blessing. Low dose THC and CBD have helped muscle pain the most.

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@sandytoes14 I have considered medical marijuana but I don't know where to find a doctor who will listen. It is legal in Michigan so maybe I need to go purchase some myself and one of the stores. Problem is I don't really know what I am doing.

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@gingerw

@suzanne2 If you have something that works for you, don't let the smell stop you from using it. I use a capsaicin type ointment on my knee sometimes, and if people don't like it, too bad! ;))
Ginger

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@gingerw Love your attitude!

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@suzanne2

@sandytoes14 I have considered medical marijuana but I don't know where to find a doctor who will listen. It is legal in Michigan so maybe I need to go purchase some myself and one of the stores. Problem is I don't really know what I am doing.

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@suzanne2, @sandytoes14, Good evening. Michigan does have current laws about medical marijuana as well as recreational marijuana.
https://www.medicalmarijuanainc.com/michigan-marijuana-laws/
Depending on where you live in Michigan you may have a dispensary near your home. You justifiably ask….how do I know what to buy. For pain control and management, I personally use only 2 medical cannabis products……..tinctures and topicals. Flower and edibles are somewhat unpredictable in my experience. I follow a roughly predetermined dosage system that I have developed for myself over the last seven years based upon my activity and pain levels.

You may find a pharmacy specialist at the dispensary who can help with beginning dosages. Or, you may have a friend or acquaintance who can be your coach. If you have a local pain clinic that supports medical cannabis, that may be the place to start.
Here is a link to dispensaries in Michigan.
https://michigandispensaries.us/locations
At this time my pain from Small Fiber Neuropathy (SFN) is totally controlled by medical cannabis. I would be happy to assist you with your questions and decisions.

What is your greatest concern? What will medical cannabis replace in your current medication list?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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@artscaping My biggest issue is my muscle pain. Some times it hurts and other times it aches to the bone. I could cry sometimes. It is a level 10 most days. My pain doctor at Mayo said it also could be caused by my hemochromatosis plus the fibromyalgia. It is very frustrating. I hurt so bad I can't do much at one so my husband is getting upset with me. So now I have stress too.

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@artscaping I am on 1800mg of neurontin and it does not seem to be helping.

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@artscaping

@suzanne2, @sandytoes14, Good evening. Michigan does have current laws about medical marijuana as well as recreational marijuana.
https://www.medicalmarijuanainc.com/michigan-marijuana-laws/
Depending on where you live in Michigan you may have a dispensary near your home. You justifiably ask….how do I know what to buy. For pain control and management, I personally use only 2 medical cannabis products……..tinctures and topicals. Flower and edibles are somewhat unpredictable in my experience. I follow a roughly predetermined dosage system that I have developed for myself over the last seven years based upon my activity and pain levels.

You may find a pharmacy specialist at the dispensary who can help with beginning dosages. Or, you may have a friend or acquaintance who can be your coach. If you have a local pain clinic that supports medical cannabis, that may be the place to start.
Here is a link to dispensaries in Michigan.
https://michigandispensaries.us/locations
At this time my pain from Small Fiber Neuropathy (SFN) is totally controlled by medical cannabis. I would be happy to assist you with your questions and decisions.

What is your greatest concern? What will medical cannabis replace in your current medication list?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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Hi and thanks for the post. I am a 76 year old male and I live in NC., always the last state to jump forward into new ways of living. I got tons of lower back pain and the only MJ I can get is from some dude on the street. 99% have no idea what strain it is there selling. Can you tell me what strain is best for pain ? I have disk degeneration and Osteo and have lost 6" in height. Do you know if I can go to another state where purchase is legal and buy without getting busted ? D.C. would probably be the nearest place.
Thanks loads,
Smitty1

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@smitty1

Hi and thanks for the post. I am a 76 year old male and I live in NC., always the last state to jump forward into new ways of living. I got tons of lower back pain and the only MJ I can get is from some dude on the street. 99% have no idea what strain it is there selling. Can you tell me what strain is best for pain ? I have disk degeneration and Osteo and have lost 6" in height. Do you know if I can go to another state where purchase is legal and buy without getting busted ? D.C. would probably be the nearest place.
Thanks loads,
Smitty1

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Good afternoon @smitty1, I appreciate the reply which I guess is an additional inquiry. I cannot suggest ways that you won't get busted. What I can do is give you this link to how and where to buy marijuana in Washington DC. I hope that has some terminology that straightens things out for you. DC is quite different between recreational and medicinal regulations and buying practices.
https://herbalalternatives.net/2020/03/where-to-buy-marijuana-in-washington-dc/
Let me know how this goes. Are you familiar with the medical cannabis products available? Do you use Leafy for information? It is one of the most reliable sources.

What of your current medications will the medical cannabis replace?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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@suzanne2

@artscaping My biggest issue is my muscle pain. Some times it hurts and other times it aches to the bone. I could cry sometimes. It is a level 10 most days. My pain doctor at Mayo said it also could be caused by my hemochromatosis plus the fibromyalgia. It is very frustrating. I hurt so bad I can't do much at one so my husband is getting upset with me. So now I have stress too.

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Good afternoon @suzanne2,

Thanks for being so prompt. Here is what my mind understood from your response. You are struggling with a pain-causing condition, fibromyalgia, and a substance overabundance, (iron). The only medication you are taking for the pain is Neurontin aka Gabapentin. I think I might be doing more than just thinking about crying. I am so sorry for how it is right now. Connect's mission is to help you improve the quality of life.

Here I go with the questions….please share as you feel comfortable.

Have you asked your Mayo pain clinician about the use of medical cannabis? My own protocol allows for different types of discomfort from different nerves within the body. And yet…..the relief can be within 15-45 minutes and last for 3-4 hours.

Have you discussed your level of pain and what might be called pain fatigue with your husband? Our loved ones sometimes just don't know what to say or do. And men, in my experience, are Mr. Fixits. They want to find out what is wrong, what will fix it, and then wait for it to be over. When that doesn't work, they tend to feel helpless and sad.

Relationship issues can increase stress and anxiety as you mentioned. Anxiety leads to pain and on and on. Has anyone talked to you about anti-anxiety medications? That alone can reduce your pain level.

Can you remember the last time you were pain-free? Can you share with me what that felt like?

May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.

Chris

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@artscaping

Good afternoon @suzanne2,

Thanks for being so prompt. Here is what my mind understood from your response. You are struggling with a pain-causing condition, fibromyalgia, and a substance overabundance, (iron). The only medication you are taking for the pain is Neurontin aka Gabapentin. I think I might be doing more than just thinking about crying. I am so sorry for how it is right now. Connect's mission is to help you improve the quality of life.

Here I go with the questions….please share as you feel comfortable.

Have you asked your Mayo pain clinician about the use of medical cannabis? My own protocol allows for different types of discomfort from different nerves within the body. And yet…..the relief can be within 15-45 minutes and last for 3-4 hours.

Have you discussed your level of pain and what might be called pain fatigue with your husband? Our loved ones sometimes just don't know what to say or do. And men, in my experience, are Mr. Fixits. They want to find out what is wrong, what will fix it, and then wait for it to be over. When that doesn't work, they tend to feel helpless and sad.

Relationship issues can increase stress and anxiety as you mentioned. Anxiety leads to pain and on and on. Has anyone talked to you about anti-anxiety medications? That alone can reduce your pain level.

Can you remember the last time you were pain-free? Can you share with me what that felt like?

May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.

Chris

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@artscaping unfortunately I cannot recall being pain free. I fractured 2 vertebrae at age 7 and in a body cast for4 months. So my back issues began early. I have had fibromyalgia since my late 20's, I am 73 (but still teach preschool!). I broke 2 more vertebrae in 2010 and had 2 vertibroplasty done. Diagnosed with hemochromatosis in 1999 and have had many phlebotomies. I had both hips replaced and the right side was screwed up with a torn ligament that nothing can be done for. Fast forward to 2020, and I was seen at Mayo in July in the fibromyalgia center and pain clinic where I got a well placed injection in my upper back. This gave me pain relief in my arms for 3 weeks. That is one major area of fibro pain. Not I am back to square one. Also my hip surgeon at Mayo, who did all she could to try and fix what a Kalamazoo surgeon won't take ownership of, gave me an injection in the torn area. This is slowly beginning to cause me pain again. I had a good run on that of 4+ weeks. At the moment I hurt all over. My Mayo pain doc cannot prescribe medical marijuana, I asked. Two different States, so I need to find someone here. No idea who to turn to. I am on fluoxitine for depression. Have thought of acupuncture and a massage therapist but pricey and not covered by insurance. So I am using my tens unit a lot. Now that I have written a book about pain I will close this tomb by saying marijuana is medically and recreational legal but still feel like I would be breaking the law.

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@suzanne2

@sandytoes14 I have considered medical marijuana but I don't know where to find a doctor who will listen. It is legal in Michigan so maybe I need to go purchase some myself and one of the stores. Problem is I don't really know what I am doing.

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Ask the Vendor you purchase from. I believe there is also a state form and fee that has to be filled out and paid.

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