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I have been taking Talwin and Oxycontin as appropriately directed for several years for chronic pain, mostly for a back injury. One year ago, after an unrelated cancer treatment, I asked my doctor to switch me to Morphine as a healthier alternative (less carcinogenic). I discovered the morphine really did a number on my short term memory. I was running around like a chicken with it's head cut off, and could not remember what I was doing from one second to the next.

I am desperately trying to get off all pain killers to try to decrease the excessive skin dehydration and premature aging that I believe is being caused by pain medications, occasional anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds.

Recently I have started Adderall and find it very helpful with motivation and concentration. So much, in fact, that I have less pain in general. Only after not taking any pain meds for a half of a day I start feeling a withdrawal sensation and take a small dose of my Morphine.

I hope I can take only one medication. The one that has given me the greatest hope, Adderall.

I want to stop taking the pain meds as soon as possible. Is it safe to stop pain relievers while starting Adderall?
or do I need to decrease to dose of the pain meds slowly?
Is there danger in taking Adderall with my pain meds?

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jaguar4u,

Hi there, I am an RN just so you dont think this is advice is being plucked out of the sky! With narcotics...any meds actually you MUST titer them down, never just stop taking them. You can really have dangerous side effects, GI side effects, respiratory, heart...I could go on for days. I would suggest you talk to your Doctor but if you refuse then you have to lower your dose over week to months depending how long you have been taking these meds. I have God awful chronic pain myself and I HATE taking the narcs, I mean I HATE IT. I wish to God they would create a healthy alternative. I have tried to take other meds and natural remedies and accupuncture...you name it, and I have had no luck yet. Some of the neuropathic meds reduce the pain but no success in elimination. I am going to pass your info on to My Doc regarding adderal relieving pain, like I said I am willing to try anything! They put me on nuvigil for the exhaustion, but its 150$, OUCH!. Whatever you do, please be careful about dropping the meds to fast. :-) Best of luck to you
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Decrease pain meds slowly.
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I hate hate narcotics as well for pain reliever. I have really bad pain in my legs and nothing helped until I started taking Adderall. The minute they kicked in I felt as if I could run. It's amazing but I want to know what about the Adderall makes the pain just disappear
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Cannabis is the greatest pain relief I have found. I could go on for days about the benefits. Many people are close minded but it's medicinal applications seem endless.
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Gotta agree with you. I need to find the kind you can take during the day because I take it at night before bed and I sleep like a baby and it reduces the pain better than anything. Too bad big Pharma is so greedy and powerful otherwise the benefits of this wonderful plant would be available to all under adult supervision. Alcohol and Tobacco can kill. No one ever died from a Cannabis overdose...go figure.

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In the case that this helps anyone at all:

I took Adderall for ADHD while growing up, was an athlete and suffered several nasty injuries to my back and joints, and continued to have back and joint issues into adulthood. Stopped taking Adderall and painkillers while pregnant and for the 4 years thereafter, hoping to handle things without the drugs and eventually found that I needed that help again. Since I was so focused on trying to tough it out, I neglected to take care of my back and joints and after first starting Adderall again, found that the dosage my doc had prescribed was barely enough to tackle my ADHD, so I asked for an increase, which he refused. On top of this, my back and joint pain continued to worsen, so I had some tests done and found that because I'd neglected the issue for so long, I now had permanent nerve damage. I was put back on painkillers, and they finally also increased my Adderall dosage from 10 to 30mg per day. Recently, I accidentally knocked my last week's worth of Norco into the toilet, and I knew there was no way my doctor would believe the story, so, I was forced to stop the long-term narcotic regimen cold turkey and simply deal with what I anticipated were going to be horrible withdrawal effects. However, I believe the Adderall saved me from going through awful withdrawal, and while I cannot advise anyone to do the same, I decided to bump my dose from 30 to 45mg per day in order to help the nerve pain. I simply split my 30mg pills in half, and started taking 3 halves a day. I found it unbelievable at first that, unlike while taking both Adderall and Norco, by simply slightly raising my Adderall dosage in lieu of the 50mg of Norco I'd been taking dally, I was suddenly more pain free than I had been in years. I also have found that I am more calm, better able to both mentally and physically function, and I feel as close to "normal" as can be -- almost like I'm actually enjoying life again.

The idea that Adderall can be used to treat chronic nerve pain needs to be examined further -- whether the amphetamine salt combo itself, or some component of it is responsible for the relief it provides, I don't know, but, I definitely believe it deserves further study. I know I'm not the only one out there with radiculopathy, stenosis, and degenerative disc disease, and living with it is pure hell. If this can help others, I'm willing to admit to my doctor that I self-medicated in order to get the medical community talking about it!
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I have recently found that Adderall is helping not only nerve pain but also regular arthritic pain or wherever it is coming from. I have Fibromyalgia causing other pain to accelerate and I am unable to take all 3 fibro medications because none of them agree with me. I had been on MS Contin (er morphine) and Percocet or Norco for years which helped greatly and due to the crunch in narcotics, I have suffered more pain than I can imagine and recently I have developed a pinched nerve in my L4 and it's causing shooting stabbing pain in my inner hip. I found that for nerve pain that anti-inflammatories work the best. And that Bromelain (an enzyme derived from the core of pineapples), Ginger Root and Turmeric work way better than Motrin or Mobic or Voltaren or any other anti-inflammatory out there. AND, you can take more and more if you are having a nerve pain attack because they are all FOOD. Foods that cannot hurt you. Also, Chelated Magnesium will help your body not build up tolerances to opiate as fast. When I was in between doctors (my doctor decided suddenly she was "doing more harm than good" by prescribing my medication and all her other patients), I took Kratom. It's all natural and does NOT give you a high. It works the same way as opiates by attaching itself to the same pain receptors opiates do. Medical Marijuana, regardless of how high the CBD count and low the THC count is, does nothing but cause my pain to radiate out of control and make me high so I can't even do anything about the pain but lay in agony. I've been to the lab and saw and learned a lot. I was given some great information about what to try. I tried it and it was terrible. But that doesn't mean it won't for you. Kratom can be ordered off the internet from U.S. sites. I don't think it's been banned yet. It did help me a lot and I'm considering trying it again since I have been on pain overload and my new doctor doesn't seem to be doing much to figure out what is going on. And the Adderall? I don't know what is making it work, but I'll take it. I've tried many nerve pain medications and they don't seem to cut it the way Adderall does. I mentioned it to my doctor and she hadn't heard of Adderall helping pain. BUT, I am sure with more studies, they will figure out what makes it tick.

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I have back problems and on pain medicine, but I also have Adult ADD, been on adderall for 5 year, well I noticed for a while that the adderall help with the pain. Going to my doctor tomorrow and going to ask him about it.
Glad I'm not the only one.
Tina
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Had Guillian Barre 5 yrs ago because Putnam Hospital in New York detoxed me from Xanax (was on 1.5 mg for 25 yrs), hydrocodone ( 3 low dose pills a day) Cymbalta (60 mg daily). The detox put my body into such shock that I got GB for the second time in my life. This time I got terrible peripheral neuropathy, a hole in the macula of my left eye, migraines for a year until my doctor put me back on Xanax and the worst PTSD I can imagine. I cant believe that a hospital does not know you have to wean off of drugs especially Xanax..I am writing this because I dont want anybody to go thru what i went thru. You MUST wean yourself off of drugs. The worst detox in the world is from benzodiapines. It was a horror that has destroyed my life.. The best relief from nerve pain and PTSD is Adderall or Vyvance. For some reason it makes me feel like me again..Without it my life is filled with nerve pain and anxiety. I wish the medical field would study this more. At least you dont see monsters when you dont take it for a day. Hope this helps.
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I, too, have been on pain meds for YEARS. Ten to be exact and it is methadone. Now with the crackdown on opioids and pain management with meds it has become a very uncomfortable visit with my PA-C. She has just flat turned angry.
While I was having a 30day review, she started just hacking at my meds. I was taken of my muscle relaxer, tramadol and adderall in a matter of minutes and then the next appt. I told her that these had been helpful to me, especially the adderall.
I am almost unable to walk some days and it is always VERY painful, however, the adderall kept my mood so much better as I was able to pull my thoughts together and also helped immensely with the PAIN I am having as it makes it easier to get up and move around accomplishing things vs. just sitting in a chair all day watching TV feeling worthless. I am so frustrated with this gal who I have been seeing for 12 years. She absolutely refuses to give me back the meds which help me lower my dose of methadone. ADDERALL for pain, all day long. Noticed the difference about 2 months in!
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Adderall has always helped with my leg pain idk why and have never told my dr but it’s so true!
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Chronic pain is very dangerous to health.But it can be relief by using ayurveda treatment .
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Not true! People can indeed die from cannibis. Take enough of it and your organs slow down so much and then just quit. I’ve been there. It’s terrifying! I had just gotten my MMJ card for chronic pain. I took 2 bong hits and almost died. The very next week I got an email from my dispensary warning of overdose and how possible it is. Put that in your pipe.
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My guess on this would be because Adderall treats the central nervous system hence helping nerve pain. I too suffer from adhd and chronic nerve pain due to multiple ailments throughout my spine. I fought the pain for 20 years, but now I’ve been on pain pills for about 3 years. Now that I’m on Adderall I no longer feel the need for my pain pills. I’m one happy camper! I would love for someone to research this further to have a solid answer, but for now I’m rolling with it.
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