Allergic to pain killers

  1. Allergic to pain killers


    I just happen to be one of the lucky few who are allergic to almost all painkillers, the ones i'm not are definitely OTC lol. So... normally i use Ice or showers to help with pain, but just seeing if anyone else had any other tips to help get rid of pain (not soreness so much) but like headaches, or injuries from lifting.

    Any info is appreciated!


  2. There is different painkillers, NSAID's and opiates for example.

    What have you tried and have had problems with?

    My father is for an example allergic to codeine, but tolerates other opiates much better.

    Here's an article that explain different painkillers: Analgesic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Oh sorry, I saw that you have tried a lot: headache is often caused by tension in the shoulders and neck which I treat with a strong liniment.

  3. are you allergic to benzodiazipines, or how about tramadol
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by D3vildog View Post
    I just happen to be one of the lucky few who are allergic to almost all painkillers, the ones i'm not are definitely OTC lol. So... normally i use Ice or showers to help with pain, but just seeing if anyone else had any other tips to help get rid of pain (not soreness so much) but like headaches, or injuries from lifting.

    Any info is appreciated!
    What are the actual pain killers you are referring to? What symptoms do you have when taking them? Adverse drug reactions (nausea/vomiting/vertigo or dizziness) are often the case, rather than a true drug allergy in many instances. I'm not saying this is the case though by any means as you may in-fact have a true drug allergy, but i speak from my own personal experiences in the clinical setting where i've seen people confuse the two.

    A true drug allergy notes a cascade of systemic symptoms including urticaria (hives), difficulty in breathing (bronchiole constrictions and oral pharyngeal swelling), pruritis (itching), angioedema (swelling of the lips, around the eyes, and tongue). If symptoms are left to progress without pharmacological intervention, it leads to respiratory compromise/failure and cardiovascular collapse.

    Adverse reactions are very typical if taken on an empty stomach allowing quicker absorbtion of the drug itself.
    Last edited by Trauma1; 11-06-2008 at 06:21 PM.

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  5. Quote Originally Posted by Trauma1 View Post
    If symptoms are left to progress without pharmacological intervention, it leads to respiratory compromise/failure and cardiovascular collapse.
    Well arent you just a ray of f#cking sunshine today.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by futurepilot View Post
    Well arent you just a ray of f#cking sunshine today.
    I think you're reading WAY too much into it. It was very much meant to be an informative post.

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  7. Trauma-what kind of clinical settings do you work? Good post. You more or less just beat me yet again today.

    Devildog(marine?) I'll let you answer Trauma's post. If you really do have a true allergy or even you just can't handle the side effects/adverse reactions from pain killers then I would suggest trying the OTC NSAIDS i.e. tylenol and motrin. If they don't help enough each by themselves then take them alternating. You can't take too much of each in a day, but if you dose tylenol then take motrin at the next dose time, then tylenol the next. You can keep a constant flow of NSAIDS instead of having the peaks and troughs. Also, maybe look into some homeopathic remedies like pressure points, massages etc. Lie down in a dark room, quiet, flat with a soft pillow, and a cold/cool cloth over your eye/head for headaches/migraines along with tylenol/motrin can help tremendously. I am of course assuming you are talking about more than minor aches since you refer to prescribed painkillers.

    If you have real serious pain, serious injuries go see a doctor.
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  8. Quote Originally Posted by CopyCat View Post
    Trauma-what kind of clinical settings do you work? Good post. You more or less just beat me yet again today.

    Devildog(marine?) I'll let you answer Trauma's post. If you really do have a true allergy or even you just can't handle the side effects/adverse reactions from pain killers then I would suggest trying the OTC NSAIDS i.e. tylenol and motrin. If they don't help enough each by themselves then take them alternating. You can't take too much of each in a day, but if you dose tylenol then take motrin at the next dose time, then tylenol the next. You can keep a constant flow of NSAIDS instead of having the peaks and troughs. Also, maybe look into some homeopathic remedies like pressure points, massages etc. Lie down in a dark room, quiet, flat with a soft pillow, and a cold/cool cloth over your eye/head for headaches/migraines along with tylenol/motrin can help tremendously. I am of course assuming you are talking about more than minor aches since you refer to prescribed painkillers.

    If you have real serious pain, serious injuries go see a doctor.
    Emergency Room nurse (Level 2 trauma center), 8 years experience.

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  9. Quote Originally Posted by Trauma1 View Post
    I think you're reading WAY too much into it. It was very much meant to be an informative post.
    In this case it was a sarcastic comment. Very doom and gloom sounding, which I remember you reprimanding me for on someones bloodwork a few thread ago.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by futurepilot View Post
    In this case it was a sarcastic comment. Very doom and gloom sounding, which I remember you reprimanding me for on someones bloodwork a few thread ago.
    Lol - True.

    If i'm an azz, don't hesitate to tell me. Sometimes i get caught up in a thought, and don't articulate it into laymans terms like i would like to. It was gloomy sounding as a result, and that certainly isn't my style as a nurse.

    I've been painting the house all week while the wife complains about every little thing. I may be a bit......chippy.

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  11. Sorry guys its been a while since i checked this...

    Trauma1....

    Nah dude your not an azz i would be skeptical about this as well. Trust me i get swelling in my throat from tylenol or Ibprofuen... i seem to have found a combination of showers and meditation if i get a bad headache, and for colds i just juice up on Vitamins and stuff.

    The reactions include troubles breathing, swelling of the throat and tounge and light headed.

    lately i have been able to take a few Ibprofuen a week, and that helps alot as long as i drink a ton of water. No swelling or anything.

    When i was in the Marines, i could take Flexorol for a relaxant and it didnt have any reactions or anything, but it still didn't work.

    Codine is THE worst. Damn near killed me once :S

    As for weight lifting pains, i have been very very careful about what i can lift and watching myself... so far so good...

    Thank god for hot showers.

    Copycat-

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    Last edited by D3vildog; 12-08-2008 at 05:02 PM. Reason: Add more

  12. if bextra was still around id recommend that. That stuff did wonders for pain without going to a narcotic. Too bad it was taken off the market.

  13. Maybe Corydalis Yanhusuo could help,it has excellent pain relieveing qualities and acts as a muscle relaxant and sedative.

    But it can come with side effects...Google it!

  14. Topical capsaisin and a sea salt soak?

  15. I have what Trauma calls adverse reactions to pain killers. I get violently sick, however I can take advil and otc things.

    They make a wrap fpr every part of your body that heats up those are nice. I have scoliosis and every now and thn my back acts up. I used to work a heavy lifting job so I would get the velcro heat wraps and they lasted the whole 8 hrs..good stuff.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by crader View Post
    I have what Trauma calls adverse reactions to pain killers. I get violently sick, however I can take advil and otc things.

    They make a wrap fpr every part of your body that heats up those are nice. I have scoliosis and every now and thn my back acts up. I used to work a heavy lifting job so I would get the velcro heat wraps and they lasted the whole 8 hrs..good stuff.
    Those velcro heat wraps are my Saviors!

  17. Ddog- Im not sure if you have tryed Fentanyl patchs or not. But it may be worth a shot, do to the way its delieverd being a transderm and also that its slow release at 50or100mcg/hr. I would talk to your Dr about it, a allergist specialist, or pain management specialist!

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