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After many years of using OTC codeine and ibuprofen or codeine and paracetamol/acetaminophen I've developed an adverse reaction. Long story short, I have had weight loss surgery, lost a lot of weight, had my gallbladder removed and since the removal have billary colic when I take codeine or tramadol - so i assume all opiates. It's painful enough that it's not worth taking them.
My question is - what other medication options exist for treating flare ups? The "wake you in the middle of the night crying" type flare ups where ibuprofen and paracetamol/acetaminophen doesn't cut it.
I have seen my doctor, and she didn't know - she just wanted to prescribe oxycodone or a slow release paracetamol/acetaminophen.
I have only seen a pain management specialist once and it was literally just to have an epidural and NRSI about a year ago. I'm looking to book in to see him again in the new year, but they are closed over the holidays and i expect a long wait to get in, so i would appreciate any ideas.
I realise no one is a doctor, and can't provide medical advice. I would just like to know if anyone uses something for pain flare ups which isn't an opiate. I do also use non-medical options such as heat/ice, gentle exercise, positioning etc.
For context, I'm referring to lower back pain associated with ruptured discs and EDS hyper-mobility type.
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