Right now, I'm still taking the Fosamax and according to my last bone density test, it's actually getting better. I've also joined a gym and I do some walking and strength training. Feeling a little better. It's also helping my diabetes and COPD.
Hi Jeannie. I know this is very late but i'm new to this community. I take Fosamax and my Dr gave me Hydrocodone. My insurance said they're allowing it as a one time Rx ( because he gave so many) I have osteo and gout. I on;y take it when I'm in severe pain. I usually take my pain med at nte and therefore I usually feel pretty good in the morning. Have u tried taking it at nite? hope this helps.
Since recent auto accident exacerbated previous, almost healed vertebra compression facture have been keeping company with Dr & other health care providers. LOL Anyway meds & PT not helping. Facing injections or ???…to be determined after MRI on Tues.
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Like Ohsoblessed, I also have warm showers or baths to ease the pain, but of course it does come back. I take tramadol, codeineand paracetamol but they dont really help much. I am waiting to have my right knee, both hips, and both shoulders to be replaced, I get my surgeon to inject me with Hydrocortizine when I am having any of my surgeries and this helps for a while but think this is a bit of trial and error for me.
Mostly warm, pulsating showers. A vibrating pillow gives a gentle message. Advil or aspirin to take edge off. Sorry Drs but ice/cold packs makes pain worse. Tried a back brace for awhile, didn't help, in fact put strain on other areas. When pain severe I use 1 - 3 Lidocain patches applied over the most painful areas, usually hips & back. I take a Hydrocodone if pain really unbearable. I have had 4 compression fractures of the vertebra + numerous fx of ribs, feet. I prefer to not risk getting hooked on sedatives, pain killers so only take those when pain so bad I'm in tears.
I also go to the chiroprator once a month. He really helps. And also use biofreeze alot. I'm still having trouble understanding why the docs say to use ice not heat. My doc says "Heat is your worst enemy!" I don't know about that, a hot shower really feels good on a sore back. I go to my endo the first of June and really wondering what she's going to say about the osteoporosis and what treatments to use.
I take the usual tylenol, advil, etc. I don't like to take alot of meds, so I try to stick with the usual basic ones. I am also a Type 1 diabetic and have to be careful about what over-the-counter meds I take.