View Full Version : Toradol - favorite joint pain/stiffness pain meds?

11-15-2012, 11:51 AM
I went in to my primary this morning to discuss my severe knee pain, swelling and stiffness the last 8 weeks or so. I've had knee pain since I was 20 years old and an old MRI showed arthritis damage in 2002, but now, the pain is worse than I've ever experienced it. I can barely drive, barely walk up stairs, I even struggle with sharp, stabbing pain just trying to get up out of a chair or off the couch! In the middle of the night, my boyfriend says I will attempt to straighten my leg out, will yell out in pain and then cry myself back to sleep. :(

So I asked the PA this morning about it at my doctor's office and her first suggestion, which I took, was a shot of Toradol where the sun don't shine. In doing a quick Google search I guess this is a more potent NSAID that athletes sometimes use before games. She gave me an Rx of a pill form of the same medication and requested an Xray and MRI on my knee. Has anyone taken Toradol before and if so, did you have any luck with it? Lately I've been taking about 3000mg (yes, you read that right) of Ibuprofen or Naproxen daily to combat the pain and inflammation just so I can move around and function. I really want a narcotic that I can use sparingly when I need it to avoid such high doses of NSAIDS, but I was wondering if perhaps Toradol worked better than over the counter NSAIDs so I could take less?

I scheduled the MRI for next Tuesday afternoon and got the Xray done about an hour ago. Hopefully I'll get a call back tomorrow on how the Xray looked so far.

So other than Toradol, for those of you with pain, stiffness and swelling in your joints, what pain medications or therapies have worked best for you?? Thanks. :)

11-16-2012, 12:46 AM
I meant to answer this yesterday but i went brain dead somewhere between then and now and forgot all about it. Better late then never i guess!

First let me say that I do understand how you feel. When you get to a point that you hurt for so long you just want ANYTHING that will make it stop. That should be yours, and your doctors, goal. Having said that a good doctor is not going to jump in with the high powered stuff right away and you don't want him too. Although the pain may be terrible it may be cumulative pain (meaning that it has just built up for so long it is hard to take anymore) and they need to find the lowest strength medicine possible to deal with it. It may take a little while to find the right one but that does not mean you live in pain for months. Give new meds a couple of weeks to build up and see if they are working and if not then go back and say so. There is no reason that you should live in pain 24/7 just because you have this disease

if you find that your doctor is not helping to manage your pain well you may want to find a pain management specialist to handle that part of your treatment. That will be the only thing they deal with but sometime, in more severe cases of the disease or just during severe flares, they may be needed

hope this information helped a little. Please keep us posted on your progress

11-16-2012, 11:04 AM
I have a prescription for Toradol: I take it the moment I get a migraine aura and it stops it from going full blown. However, personally, it doesn't do a thing for anything other than stopping a migraine. I've never had success with it as a pain reliever and I've tried taking 20mg on up and NOTHING so I just keep it for migraine relief and that alone is worth its weight in gold.

11-20-2012, 02:43 AM
I have tried nearly every pain med out there-many of which that do not cut the pain, but leave me feeling worse from the effects. Naproxen was one of the few that really worked for me, but taking it for a prolonged period of time can lead to stomach issues, along with some other things-so I sought out a safer alternative. I'll be honest, toredol works wonders for me. Although I still get some mild effects ie dizziness or nausea when I take doses in intervals. The down side to this drug, is that it's effectiveness in relieving pain reduces the longer you take it. My nephrologist recommended that I only take for short periods when the pain was at its worst, that at 50mg at the end of a weeks time of consistently taking it-the relief would be about nill. For me, when the pain isn't unbearable I find that two extra strength Tylenol and 400-600mg of Motrin does a pretty efficient job. Hope that helps in any way!

I wanted to add: I know I said my nephrologist, I originally began taking naproxen for cardiac issues but it was causing issues with my kidneys. At the time I was also using Tylenol #3 with codeine for my wrist & knee when he suggested the toredol to my Rhuematologist after I got bursitis in my hip & the t3 was no longer cutting it. My Orthopedic surgeon now prescribes it for me for those issues, along with cortisteriod injections I get every few months once my joints become aggravated/inflamed. Those also help tremendously, although for 3-7 after your a bit sore and bruised depending on the number of injections (my wrist alone is 13 so it may not be as bad for you). But despite that, it's def worth it in the long run.

11-20-2012, 08:00 PM
Not tried Toradol so can't help there.

But I find ibuprofen useless unless it is combined with codeine. I buy Panafen or Nurofen Plus over the counter...they'll ask what it's for, no further questions when you say it's SLE. I find I take far less and can usually start with an initial dose of 2 tablets then one every four to six hours after. With Ibuprofen alone I can hammer them hardcore stylee...2 every 3 hours all day and no relief. I find naproxen upsets my stomach.

Ibu + Codeine all the way!!