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Low Dose Naltrexone?

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6 months 3 weeks ago - 6 months 3 weeks ago #28048 by Artio
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Hi everyone, apologies in advance for the long post. Recently I had a bit of an emotional crisis, I've been on an assortment of pain meds over the last few years. Oxycontin, morphine, Endone, Targin, fentanyl, Norspan, Codeine, Lyrica, Cymbalta to name a few (not all at the same time obviously). Despite drug or dosage, I get almost zero relief and I joked to my doctor that I may as well pop tic tacs or apply temporary tattoos for the good it does me. So following my crisis, I went in to my doctor with a list of potential options for relief because I can't live like this anymore. I stopped all opiate meds two weeks ago, cold turkey (no withdrawals despite high dosage which makes me even more sure my body is unable to process them). Decided to try LDN, anyone else had any experience with it? It's my first week and things are definitely worse rather than better, but I had read that was fairly normal so Ill see how it goes. Open to other suggestions too :)
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6 months 3 weeks ago #28050 by Johnno
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Hi Artio,
Have a chat with your pharmacist re your reaction to LDN

Johnno

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6 months 3 weeks ago #28051 by Artio
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Thanks Johnno, I was warned that I would likely get worse before I got better and would have to just tough it out for a couple of weeks before we would know if it was going to work. Unfortunately there's not much else I can take in the meantime as it blocks opiate receptors. I'm surviving on panadol, TENS and the odd valium to help me sleep through the agony :(

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2 weeks 2 days ago #28762 by Sue666
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Hi Artio,
I just saw your post and thought I'd see how things were going? I have a friend who despite chronic back pain went off all meds 15 years ago as she was sick to death of the hassle of getting meds and constantly being treated like a junkie by any new docs....sound familiar? She is also lucky enough to live in Newcastle where they have an outstanding Level 1 Pain Management Clinic that she attended. I moved 6 months ago and have just gone back to my old GP even though it's a 3 hour round trip and the idiots around here are useless...anyway, I digress...

If my LDN, you mean Low Dose Naltrexone, I really don't know what that will do apart from keep you off opiates!! I've been under the "care" of an addiction medication specialist for the last 9 years who normally deals with junkies trying to get off their crap, but she also deals with chronic pain patients (though not very well, she's had me as high as a kite!!! I've recently reported her & she's currently under investigation by AHPRA - the medico coppers basically).

I digress...again....my point is that Naltrexone is primarily used to keep junkies off opiates!!! Though I've just done some research and found it still experimental as an off label use for chronic pain relief....might try it myself!!! I've also read on this forum that it's added to Targin as a laxative (untrue) and that's actually the post I was looking for when I saw yours.....so for the medical evidence on Naltrexone, see the following....

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-dose_naltrexone

Australian position - published 3/2018 - overview 1st & full article 2nd
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29377216

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/phar.2086

Good luck & hope it's worked for you - let me know please!
Cheers,
Sue

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