Chronic Pain and Adderall | Prescription Stimulants discussions | Therapies & Treatments center (2023)


I have been taking Talwin and Oxycontin as appropriately directed for several years for chronic pain, mostly for a back injury. One year ago, after an unrelated cancer treatment, I asked my doctor to switch me to Morphine as a healthier alternative (less carcinogenic). I discovered the morphine really did a number on my short term memory. I was running around like a chicken with it's head cut off, and could not remember what I was doing from one second to the next.

I am desperately trying to get off all pain killers to try to decrease the excessive skin dehydration and premature aging that I believe is being caused by pain medications, occasional anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds.

Recently I have started Adderall and find it very helpful with motivation and concentration. So much, in fact, that I have less pain in general. Only after not taking any pain meds for a half of a day I start feeling a withdrawal sensation and take a small dose of my Morphine.

I hope I can take only one medication. The one that has given me the greatest hope, Adderall.

I want to stop taking the pain meds as soon as possible. Is it safe to stop pain relievers while starting Adderall?
or do I need to decrease to dose of the pain meds slowly?
Is there danger in taking Adderall with my pain meds?




Hi there, I am an RN just so you dont think this is advice is being plucked out of the sky! With narcotics...any meds actually you MUST titer them down, never just stop taking them. You can really have dangerous side effects, GI side effects, respiratory, heart...I could go on for days. I would suggest you talk to your Doctor but if you refuse then you have to lower your dose over week to months depending how long you have been taking these meds. I have God awful chronic pain myself and I HATE taking the narcs, I mean I HATE IT. I wish to God they would create a healthy alternative. I have tried to take other meds and natural remedies and name it, and I have had no luck yet. Some of the neuropathic meds reduce the pain but no success in elimination. I am going to pass your info on to My Doc regarding adderal relieving pain, like I said I am willing to try anything! They put me on nuvigil for the exhaustion, but its 150$, OUCH!. Whatever you do, please be careful about dropping the meds to fast. :-) Best of luck to you



Decrease pain meds slowly.

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I hate hate narcotics as well for pain reliever. I have really bad pain in my legs and nothing helped until I started taking Adderall. The minute they kicked in I felt as if I could run. It's amazing but I want to know what about the Adderall makes the pain just disappear



Cannabis is the greatest pain relief I have found. I could go on for days about the benefits. Many people are close minded but it's medicinal applications seem endless.



Gotta agree with you. I need to find the kind you can take during the day because I take it at night before bed and I sleep like a baby and it reduces the pain better than anything. Too bad big Pharma is so greedy and powerful otherwise the benefits of this wonderful plant would be available to all under adult supervision. Alcohol and Tobacco can kill. No one ever died from a Cannabis overdose...go figure.


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In the case that this helps anyone at all:

I took Adderall for ADHD while growing up, was an athlete and suffered several nasty injuries to my back and joints, and continued to have back and joint issues into adulthood. Stopped taking Adderall and painkillers while pregnant and for the 4 years thereafter, hoping to handle things without the drugs and eventually found that I needed that help again. Since I was so focused on trying to tough it out, I neglected to take care of my back and joints and after first starting Adderall again, found that the dosage my doc had prescribed was barely enough to tackle my ADHD, so I asked for an increase, which he refused. On top of this, my back and joint pain continued to worsen, so I had some tests done and found that because I'd neglected the issue for so long, I now had permanent nerve damage. I was put back on painkillers, and they finally also increased my Adderall dosage from 10 to 30mg per day. Recently, I accidentally knocked my last week's worth of Norco into the toilet, and I knew there was no way my doctor would believe the story, so, I was forced to stop the long-term narcotic regimen cold turkey and simply deal with what I anticipated were going to be horrible withdrawal effects. However, I believe the Adderall saved me from going through awful withdrawal, and while I cannot advise anyone to do the same, I decided to bump my dose from 30 to 45mg per day in order to help the nerve pain. I simply split my 30mg pills in half, and started taking 3 halves a day. I found it unbelievable at first that, unlike while taking both Adderall and Norco, by simply slightly raising my Adderall dosage in lieu of the 50mg of Norco I'd been taking dally, I was suddenly more pain free than I had been in years. I also have found that I am more calm, better able to both mentally and physically function, and I feel as close to "normal" as can be -- almost like I'm actually enjoying life again.

The idea that Adderall can be used to treat chronic nerve pain needs to be examined further -- whether the amphetamine salt combo itself, or some component of it is responsible for the relief it provides, I don't know, but, I definitely believe it deserves further study. I know I'm not the only one out there with radiculopathy, stenosis, and degenerative disc disease, and living with it is pure hell. If this can help others, I'm willing to admit to my doctor that I self-medicated in order to get the medical community talking about it!



I have recently found that Adderall is helping not only nerve pain but also regular arthritic pain or wherever it is coming from. I have Fibromyalgia causing other pain to accelerate and I am unable to take all 3 fibro medications because none of them agree with me. I had been on MS Contin (er morphine) and Percocet or Norco for years which helped greatly and due to the crunch in narcotics, I have suffered more pain than I can imagine and recently I have developed a pinched nerve in my L4 and it's causing shooting stabbing pain in my inner hip. I found that for nerve pain that anti-inflammatories work the best. And that Bromelain (an enzyme derived from the core of pineapples), Ginger Root and Turmeric work way better than Motrin or Mobic or Voltaren or any other anti-inflammatory out there. AND, you can take more and more if you are having a nerve pain attack because they are all FOOD. Foods that cannot hurt you. Also, Chelated Magnesium will help your body not build up tolerances to opiate as fast. When I was in between doctors (my doctor decided suddenly she was "doing more harm than good" by prescribing my medication and all her other patients), I took Kratom. It's all natural and does NOT give you a high. It works the same way as opiates by attaching itself to the same pain receptors opiates do. Medical Marijuana, regardless of how high the CBD count and low the THC count is, does nothing but cause my pain to radiate out of control and make me high so I can't even do anything about the pain but lay in agony. I've been to the lab and saw and learned a lot. I was given some great information about what to try. I tried it and it was terrible. But that doesn't mean it won't for you. Kratom can be ordered off the internet from U.S. sites. I don't think it's been banned yet. It did help me a lot and I'm considering trying it again since I have been on pain overload and my new doctor doesn't seem to be doing much to figure out what is going on. And the Adderall? I don't know what is making it work, but I'll take it. I've tried many nerve pain medications and they don't seem to cut it the way Adderall does. I mentioned it to my doctor and she hadn't heard of Adderall helping pain. BUT, I am sure with more studies, they will figure out what makes it tick.

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I have back problems and on pain medicine, but I also have Adult ADD, been on adderall for 5 year, well I noticed for a while that the adderall help with the pain. Going to my doctor tomorrow and going to ask him about it.
Glad I'm not the only one.


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Had Guillian Barre 5 yrs ago because Putnam Hospital in New York detoxed me from Xanax (was on 1.5 mg for 25 yrs), hydrocodone ( 3 low dose pills a day) Cymbalta (60 mg daily). The detox put my body into such shock that I got GB for the second time in my life. This time I got terrible peripheral neuropathy, a hole in the macula of my left eye, migraines for a year until my doctor put me back on Xanax and the worst PTSD I can imagine. I cant believe that a hospital does not know you have to wean off of drugs especially Xanax..I am writing this because I dont want anybody to go thru what i went thru. You MUST wean yourself off of drugs. The worst detox in the world is from benzodiapines. It was a horror that has destroyed my life.. The best relief from nerve pain and PTSD is Adderall or Vyvance. For some reason it makes me feel like me again..Without it my life is filled with nerve pain and anxiety. I wish the medical field would study this more. At least you dont see monsters when you dont take it for a day. Hope this helps.



I, too, have been on pain meds for YEARS. Ten to be exact and it is methadone. Now with the crackdown on opioids and pain management with meds it has become a very uncomfortable visit with my PA-C. She has just flat turned angry.
While I was having a 30day review, she started just hacking at my meds. I was taken of my muscle relaxer, tramadol and adderall in a matter of minutes and then the next appt. I told her that these had been helpful to me, especially the adderall.
I am almost unable to walk some days and it is always VERY painful, however, the adderall kept my mood so much better as I was able to pull my thoughts together and also helped immensely with the PAIN I am having as it makes it easier to get up and move around accomplishing things vs. just sitting in a chair all day watching TV feeling worthless. I am so frustrated with this gal who I have been seeing for 12 years. She absolutely refuses to give me back the meds which help me lower my dose of methadone. ADDERALL for pain, all day long. Noticed the difference about 2 months in!


Adderall has always helped with my leg pain idk why and have never told my dr but it’s so true!


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Chronic pain is very dangerous to health.But it can be relief by using ayurveda treatment .



Not true! People can indeed die from cannibis. Take enough of it and your organs slow down so much and then just quit. I’ve been there. It’s terrifying! I had just gotten my MMJ card for chronic pain. I took 2 bong hits and almost died. The very next week I got an email from my dispensary warning of overdose and how possible it is. Put that in your pipe.


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My guess on this would be because Adderall treats the central nervous system hence helping nerve pain. I too suffer from adhd and chronic nerve pain due to multiple ailments throughout my spine. I fought the pain for 20 years, but now I’ve been on pain pills for about 3 years. Now that I’m on Adderall I no longer feel the need for my pain pills. I’m one happy camper! I would love for someone to research this further to have a solid answer, but for now I’m rolling with it.


Which substance reduces the transmission of pain? ›

The most effective clinically used drugs for producing temporary analgesia and relief from pain are the opioid family, which includes morphine, and heroin.

What narcotic is used for severe pain? ›

Types of pain medication

Opioids, powerful pain medications that diminish the perception of pain, may be given after surgery. Intravenous opioids may include fentanyl, hydromorphone, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone and tramadol.

What is the best medicine for body pain? ›

Aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are examples of OTC NSAIDs. If OTC medicines don't relieve your pain, your doctor may prescribe something stronger. Many NSAIDs are also available at higher prescription doses. The most powerful pain relievers are opioids.

When are long acting opioids prescribed? ›

Long-acting prescription opioids may be used to improve patient functioning, improve pain control through the day or night, provide relief from related symptoms, such as anxiety or sleep problems, and decrease use of short-acting opioids, which may have higher abuse potential.

How do you block a pain signal? ›

A relatively new therapy—neuromodulation—can greatly alleviate discomfort for chronic pain sufferers. Neuromodulation devices work by delivering gentle electrical impulses to the spinal cord or peripheral nerves, helping decrease pain by blocking pain signals from reaching the brain.

When is chronic pain too much? ›

Chronic pain is different. Your body keeps hurting weeks, months, or even years after the injury. Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more. Chronic pain can have real effects on your day-to-day life and your mental health.

What does chronic pain do to a person? ›

Chronic pain can interfere with your daily activities, such as working, having a social life and taking care of yourself or others. It can lead to depression, anxiety and trouble sleeping, which can make your pain worse. This response creates a cycle that's difficult to break.

Which is the best pain killer injection? ›

Butorphanol injection is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Butorphanol injection is also used to relieve pain during labor and to prevent pain and decrease awareness before or during surgery. Butorphanol is in a class of medications called opioid agonist-antagonists.

How do painkillers know where the pain is in the body? ›

Once a pill or liquid solution gets swallowed, it travels through the body and is absorbed into the bloodstream. At that point, the blood carries the medicine to different parts of the body, looking for the pain.

Which of the following drug is used as sedative and pain killer? ›

Assertion : Morphine is very effective and sedative painkiller.

Which is stronger hydrocodone or oxycodone? ›

Both oxycodone and hydrocodone are powerful, but oxycodone is approximately 50% stronger than hydrocodone. Even so, this may not translate to better pain control. Some studies have shown that a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen is just as effective at treating pain as oxycodone with acetaminophen.

What therapies are preferred method for treating chronic pain? ›

Nonpharmacologic therapy and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy are preferred for chronic pain. Clinicians should consider opioid therapy only if expected benefits for both pain and function are anticipated to outweigh risks to the patient.

Is OxyContin still on the market? ›

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, said it will no longer market the drug to doctors. The announcement comes in response to lawsuits that blame the company for helping to trigger the opioid crisis, CBS News reports.

Is OxyContin still prescribed? ›

OxyContin, a trade name for the narcotic oxycodone hydrochloride, is a painkiller available in the United States only by prescription. OxyContin is legitimately prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain resulting from injuries, bursitis, neuralgia, arthritis, and cancer.

How do you deal with excruciating pain? ›

​Coping with very severe pain can be a harrowing experience, but there are some ways you can try to deal with the experience at home.
  1. Heat and cold. ...
  2. Topical medication. ...
  3. Over the counter pain medication. ...
  4. Taking your prescribed pain medication. ...
  5. Stretching and light exercise. ...
  6. Getting your feelings out. ...
  7. Using positive mantras.
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How do you live with pain? ›

Find ways to distract yourself from pain so you enjoy life more.
  1. Learn deep breathing or meditation to help you relax. ...
  2. Reduce stress in your life. ...
  3. Boost chronic pain relief with the natural endorphins from exercise. ...
  4. Cut back on alcohol, which can worsen sleep problems. ...
  5. Join a support group. ...
  6. Don't smoke.
16 Sept 2020

How do you make yourself numb to physical pain? ›

An ice pack or cold compress can numb the pain of minor injuries, sunburn, and other conditions. Ice can also numb your skin prior to a procedure such as an ear piercing. Patting. Patting your skin sharply a few times can have a very short-lived numbing effect.

How do you rewire your brain for chronic pain? ›

Treatments To Retrain Your Brain
  1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) CBT is a psychological therapy which focuses on changing negative thoughts and behaviour patterns which may be perpetuating the chronic pain cycle. ...
  2. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) ...
  3. Graded Exposure Therapy. ...
  4. Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) ...
  5. Biofeedback.
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Can you mentally block out pain? ›

Some age-old techniques—including meditation and yoga—as well as newer variations may help reduce your need for pain medication. Research suggests that because pain involves both the mind and the body, mind-body therapies may have the capacity to alleviate pain by changing the way you perceive it.

Can you brain tame chronic pain? ›

The findings suggest that people can learn to reduce the brain activity causing some types of chronic pain that occur in the absence of injury or persist after an injury has healed.

Is chronic pain a disability? ›

The SSA does not consider chronic pain to be a disability, so there is no listing for it in the SSA's Blue Book. Chronic pain, even if it is severe and disabling, does not qualify unless you can prove it is caused by a verifiable condition that lasts for at least 12 months.

What are the 10 most common conditions that have chronic pain? ›

Top Causes of Chronic Pain
  • Low back pain.
  • Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis.
  • Headache.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Shingles.
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
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How do people live with chronic pain and fatigue? ›

Many approaches can be taken to cope with the fatigue and depression from chronic pain such as physical therapy, medication, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, getting a distracting hobby as well as counseling. AbleTo helps people deal with the frustration, anger, depression, and anxiety that comes with life's challenges.

How do you stay positive with chronic pain? ›

How to have a positive attitude about chronic pain
  1. Manage stress as much as possible. Finding healthy ways to deal with stress may help you find some relief from pain, and it will definitely help your attitude. ...
  2. Stay active and involved. ...
  3. Do your best to sleep. ...
  4. Get support. ...
  5. Be open with friends and family.
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Is chronic pain syndrome a mental disorder? ›

The roots of CPS are both physical and mental. Some experts think that people with the condition have a problem with the system of nerves and glands that the body uses to handle stress. That makes them feel pain differently. Other experts say CPS is a learned response.

Does chronic pain make you angry? ›

Chronic pain is emotionally stressful

However, chronic pain causes chronic stress, which means your body is overloaded with stress hormones that change the neurochemicals in your brain that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. This may be why you feel more irritable or angry.

What is the strongest pain relief? ›

What are the strongest pain medications?
  • Opioid analgesics, in general, are the strongest pain-relieving medications. ...
  • Codeine is only about 1/10th as powerful as morphine.
  • Opioids more powerful than morphine include hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and oxymorphone (Opana).

What drugs that relieve pain and often induce sleep? ›

Some drugs ease pain, which can help with sleep. Other medicines are available to just aid sleep problems. Many people need both. But don't treat chronic pain and insomnia on your own.
  • lorazepam (Ativan)
  • flurazepam.
  • triazolom (Halcion)
  • clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • temazepam (Restoril)
  • diazepam (Valium)
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What happens if I take painkillers every day? ›

Long-term painkiller abuse can lead to serious cardiovascular issues, heart attacks and heart disease. Your Stomach: Stomach and intestinal issues can arise even after a day or two of taking painkillers. Painkiller abuse can lead to constipation, bloating, abdominal distention, bowel obstructions and hemorrhoids.

How many painkillers can I take in a day? ›

Important. Taking 1 or 2 extra tablets by accident is unlikely to be harmful, as long as you do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.

How does pain relief spray work? ›

Mechanism of Action of Topical Pain Sprays

The warmth from the topical application increases blood flow to the site of pain. This oxygen-rich blood brings nutrients to the affected area, promoting healing. Slowly, this warm sensation turns into a cool feeling (if camphor and menthol oil is present in the medication).

What is the most sedating drug? ›

Benzodiazepines are the most widely used group of sedative drugs. Due to their safety and improved effectiveness, they have largely replaced barbiturates as drugs of choice in the treatment of anxiety.

What is the name of pain killer tablet? ›

NSAIDs include aspirin compounds (Excedrin®), ibuprofen (Advil® and Motrin®) and naproxen sodium (Aleve®). Combination: Some pain relievers contain both acetaminophen and aspirin (an NSAID). Certain OTC headache medicines also have caffeine.

What injections are given for pain? ›

5 Common Pain Injections and How They Work
  • Facet joint injections.
  • Epidural steroid injections.
  • Sacroiliac joint steroid injections.
  • Selective nerve lumbar sympathetic block.
  • Transforaminal epidural injections.

Is tramadol stronger than hydrocodone? ›

Doctors consider tramadol to be milder than hydrocodone, so they may prescribe it for pain that is not as severe. If a person is not getting relief from tramadol or other milder opioids, a doctor may prescribe hydrocodone.

How is pain transmitted within the body? ›

When we feel pain, such as when we touch a hot stove, sensory receptors in our skin send a message via nerve fibres (A-delta fibres and C fibres) to the spinal cord and brainstem and then onto the brain where the sensation of pain is registered, the information is processed and the pain is perceived.

Can endorphins modulate pain? ›

The endorphin system is a neuroendocrine system that serves to modulate responses to pain and stress. The endorphin system consists of widely scattered neurons that produce three types of opioids—beta-endorphin, met- and leu-enkephalins, and dynorphins.

Which type of drugs work by stopping the transmission of pain impulses to the brain and spinal cord? ›

How do opioids work? Opioids attach to proteins called opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, gut, and other parts of the body. When this happens, the opioids block pain messages sent from the body through the spinal cord to the brain.

How is pain controlled? ›

pain medicines. physical therapies (such as heat or cold packs, massage, hydrotherapy and exercise) psychological therapies (such as cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation techniques and meditation) mind and body techniques (such as acupuncture)

What happens when your body is in too much pain? ›

It can raise our blood pressure, increase our breathing rate and heart rate, and cause muscle tension. These things are hard on the body. They can lead to fatigue, sleeping problems, and changes in appetite.

Which part of the body does not feel pain? ›

The brain itself does not feel pain because there are no nociceptors located in brain tissue itself.

What part of the body has the most pain receptors? ›

Ouch! Ouch! Our forehead and fingertips are the most sensitive to pain, suggests research that used lasers to give volunteers sharp shocks across their body.

Which neurotransmitter is the body's natural painkiller? ›

Endorphins are a type of neurotransmitter, or messenger in your body. They attach to your brain's reward centers (opioid receptors) and carry signals across your nervous system. Endorphin comes from the words “endogenous,” which means within the body, and “morphine,” an opiate pain reliever.

What is the pain gate theory? ›

The Gate Control Theory of Pain is a mechanism, in the spinal cord, in which pain signals can be sent up to the brain to be processed to accentuate the possible perceived pain, or attenuate it at the spinal cord itself. The 'gate' is the mechanism where pain signals can be let through or restricted.

Which associated disorders may be found in a patient with neuropathic pain? ›

Neuropathic pain can be caused by diseases, including:
  • Alcoholism.
  • Diabetes.
  • Facial nerve problems.
  • HIV infection or AIDS.
  • Central nervous system disorders (stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome.
  • Shingles.
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Who is not a candidate for spinal cord stimulator? ›

Spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve field stimulation therapy are not for everyone. These therapies are usually not recommended for individuals who: Have a systemic infection or infection at the site where the device would be implanted. Use a demand-type cardiac pacemaker.

Are you put to sleep for spinal cord stimulator surgery? ›

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and you will be asleep during the surgery. Using X-ray guidance, a needle is placed so that the stimulator electrodes may be guided into the appropriate position in the spinal canal.

What kind of pain does a spinal cord stimulator help? ›

Spinal cord stimulators may be used to treat or manage different types of chronic pain, including: Back pain, especially back pain that continues even after surgery (failed back surgery syndrome) Post-surgical pain.

How do you beat chronic pain? ›

How can I cope with chronic pain?
  1. Avoid smoking.
  2. Don't try to do too much. ...
  3. Eat a healthy diet.
  4. Exercise regularly.
  5. Get enough sleep.
  6. Manage your stress.
  7. Join a support group for chronic pain to learn from other people with similar conditions.
  8. Limit alcohol, which can cause more problems with sleep and pain.
1 Sept 2021

What is the injection given at end of life? ›

Research shows that morphine given in clinical settings at the end of life does not hasten death when it is prescribed appropriately. Successfully reducing pain and addressing concerns about breathing can provide needed comfort to someone who is close to dying.

How much pain is too much pain? ›

Severe Pain.

When it intensifies to level 8, pain makes even holding a conversation extremely difficult and your physical activity is severely impaired. Pain is said to be at level 9 when it is excruciating, prevents you speaking and may even make you moan or cry out. Level 10 pain is unbearable.


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