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Enhancing fibro pain relief
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Emily - July 10

I am 21 and have had fibro since I was a child. No one understands when I try to describe to them how much I suffer every day. Because I am young doctors won't prescribe me narcotics because they think I am an addict. Only one doctor at a pain clinic is compassionate enough to prescribe me 10mg OxyContin 3x daily and Percocet 5mg/325mg 1-3x daily for breakthrough pain. I just wanted to share some of the techniques I use to combat pain. First of all, tyrosine and DL-phenylalanine are the pain victims best friends. Tyrosine is a precursor to the catecholamines dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine). Dopamine, in particular is the "reward hormone" and a deficiency can cause depression and physical mobility problems such as Parkinson's or restless legs syndrome. Tyrosine is a relaxant and stimulant at the same time, depending on what you suffer from. It alleviates depression and counters anxiety. Finally, in papaver somniferum (poppy), tyrosine is used to create morphine, God's gift to pain victims. For whatever reason, tyrosine significantly increases the potency of most opioids.

Next, DL-phenylalanine, a very safe and interesting compound. The body converts it into phenethylamine, the "cuddle hormone", also found in chocolate and released during orgasm, that makes people happy. Taking at least 1500mg of this daily not only reduces pain overall, but also boosts the effects of narcotics as well.

Anticholinergics such as diphenhydramine (benadryl) and dimenhydrinate (gravol), among others, also boost the effects of narcotics.

Grapefruit juice is another excellent and tasty nacotic enhancer. However, it does lower the efficacy of other drugs such as antipsychotics and some antidepressants such as SSRI's and so may not be appropriate for some fibro patients.

Something people often forget is exercise. I try to run 3-4 times per week. I of all people know how difficult exercise can be when you are in pain. But when you are in pain is the best time to go out for a run. This is because even if you can only manage a few miles, your brain will release wonderful morphine-like chemicals throughout your body, calld endorphins, that will not only take care of your pain, but will give you more energy as well.

Finally, I just wanted to add a little something of my opinion about the whole "prescribing narcotics for fibro" thingy. I resent the fact that one of my doctors flat out told me that he thinks my pain is not bona fide, and only the pain of his cancer patients is. Just because someone is on their deathbed does not mean that their pain is more deserving of treatment than mine. We certainly are not running out of painkillers worldwide-- they are in abundant supply. So if I am educated on the risks involved with using narcotics to treat pain and I decide that I want to take such risk then I should be allowed to do so. If I walk into a walk-in clinic I could easily get a precription for any SSRI, TCA, or other horrible drug, including the horrible compazine (DO NOT EVER TAKE THIS DRUG). It seems that the more horrible and deadly the drug, the easier it is to aquire. Opioids are very safe to the body, and do not cause any organ damage at all. It I were to take too many aspirins then I would end up in the ER with blood pouring out of my face and stomach. If I were to take too many opioids then I might get very relaed and happy-- what is so bad about that?



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