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How is your sleep quality? Often muscle pain due to fibromyalgia may be related to poor quality sleep. A sleep aid such as LUNESTA or AMBIEN may help you to sleep more restfully and allow muscles to more relax with sleep. This may be helpful to reduce pain in that condition.
Do you have much in the way of muscle dysfunction due to your MS? Do you have muscle cramps, spasms or contractures? You may have benefit from trying a muscle relaxant such as BACLOFEN. This may be helpful to reduce your pain in such a case...
Are you seeing any neurologist currently? If not then I would suggest that you get a referral or appointment with a new neurologist and see about a review as to the MS. A follow up of your neurological exam and to perform a follow up MRI may be of value. If you have MS then you may need to be on medication to help reduce the progression of this diseaase. It does not sound that you are being treated as such at this point...
You may benefit to request a referral or make an appointment to see a pain management specialist. They are more geared to treat chronic pain patients such as yourself. You may be a candidate for a Fentanyl patch which would be stronger for example. Primary care doctors are under much scrutiny by the DEA not to over prescribe for chronic pain patients and this is probably related to the actions taken by your current doctor. ( I think it had nothing to do with the assault case)
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Anthony Bray MD
Well I am sorry for the set of frustrations that you have. You might ask your primary care doctor about the Duragesic patch or similar ( these may be more potent than what you are currently taking but as a patch worn for 3 days is thought to usually be less of a concern for patients possibly overdoing these. .) Your primary care doctor MIGHT be receptive to idea but if course I can't guarantee you that ...
FYI With the MS if you have symptoms of new neurological deficits that may supicious for exacerbation then you should see neurologist urgently as you might at this point warrant a course of steroids --- these may help to quiet down a flare of MS---
You may have benefit from a muscle relaxant for some symptoms that you have .Skelaxin is less sedating option. MS patients with muscle spasms are often treated with Baclofen. This may help with an aspectvif the chronic pain as well....
I hope that you get more excellent and genuine care going forward.Let me know if I may be of further help. Let me know if you have further questions.Best regards,