Pain Killers That Will Not Kill Me By Poison
I personally have lived with constant pain for over seven years now from a knee injury that never healed properly. I have taken the Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Vicodin, Lortab, Morphine, Darvocet, and many other so called pain relievers. The only one I have had any luck with for a long term treatment was a combination of Vicodin and a steroid shot of Cortisone and Lidocaine which lasted for approximately one week before the pain started returning. This is by no means a reason to keep ignoring the pain with the misguided thought that it will only make you stronger. Pain relievers are temporary fixes until permanent solutions are found. If the pain is in the deep muscle or caused by muscles around a joint injury, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a treatment that might help with the pain. It is where a physical therapist sticks electrodes on you then cranks it up to the point of barely tolerable (the last time I had it I watched my knee cap jerk around like a flopping fish). This brings blood-flow to the area and in turn that increased flow can heal smaller tears and injuries.
My aunt has Fibromyalgia and she has to take extremely strong pain medications just to function daily. I know at her last visit she was taking Percocet and Oxycontin on top of a topical cream with Lidocaine in it to numb the surface areas that proved too much for the pain killers to take care of for her. While you might feel that pain killers are the only method to take away the pain, there are other alternatives such as chiropractic care and physical therapy which, while not curing the pain, might reduce it to where it is manageable. Magnet therapy has also been said to help with pain but I have no experience with it personally.