Three years ago, I was taken to the emergency room for a back injury. After three hours of morphine (iv) not even putting a dent in the pain, the attending m.d. gave me valium and toradol mixed together. Within 25 min. 80% of the pain was gone. Within 45 min. I was pain free and released the next day. I realize some have addiction problems, but I found valium (mixed with toradol) to be nothing short of a miracle.
Ativan can tackle severe anxiety and catatonia in one hour.
Valium is known to be much less effective when given IM (into the muscle), but works well orally, intraveneously, and even rectally. In fact, many kids with seizure disorders have a syringe of Diastat at home (valium that is given rectally). The rectal route is almost as well absorbed as the IV route. The problem with IV valium is of the high risk of respiratory arrest. However, I'm glad the combo of Valium and Toradol worked for you.
I have valium and robinol (an atropine derived antispasmodic) for very painful spasms of my common bile duct...I don't take the valium often, but when the pain gets up into heart attack type levels, boy, it can make the difference between hurting like no tomorrow or no pain.
Can't take narcotics for this pain - soon as it wears off, the duct spasms worse!