Are there any discussions for chronic pain?
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Chronic pain is complex. I have chronic pain in cervical spine, shoulders and arms. Doc says no surgical fixes. MRI shows several promblems in those regions. Recently cut way back in bydracodone due to constipation. Senna stopped being effective. Went to gastroenterologist and was told dependence on laxatives will cause no harm. What i use now TENS, topicals and the most effective is the large size tiger balm patches. If you have not tried them i suggest you do. Best price found on puritans pride web page. Ibalso take an herbal laxative which works.
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Thank you for the information. It may take me awhile to process it all. I have read about different studies in journals and what I understand is that there is not a lot known about how pain works. My original pain was called phantom pain which is difficult to get doctors to treat in the 1970’s, but it is more recognized today as valid pain. I also have sciatic nerve pain, but at first I though it was all phantom pain until I recognized the difference between the two. As I got older I gained more different kinds of pain, so now I appreciate pain medicine and I do not like the attempts to prevent us from getting it. 19lin
You are correct in saying there isn’t a lot known about chronic pain. I
currently suffer from sciatic pain. It is some of the most excruciating
pain I have ever experienced. Even the first pain specalist I was seeing
did not take me seriously. I now see a very competent pain specalist who
listens. A nerve block helped imensely. You have to be your own advocate
because no one else will. Good luck.
I agree with be your own advocate, a neurologist recommended muscle relaxant and it worked fairly well.
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Thanks, I had pain without relief for years when a neurologists I went to for an other issue reviewed my MRI and recommened a muscel relax
Don’t know if there is a permanent group….there should be….so many of us suffer and each have ways of coping and meds to try.
This is my very first post ever, and first “group” message board I’ve ever joined so please bear with me if this is a bit longer than a typical post (unclear to the unwritten rules). Sorry, so I recently turned 40, have been on long term SSDI since ’07, and am 3 mos. post-op from my 13th spine surgery. Since ’04 it was about one a year, then from ’08 on occasionally 2X a year. I’m fused both anterior and posterior cervically from 3-T1, with a bunch of lami’s and disc’s at T7-9, but also fused front ant back from L3-S1. I’m exhausted researching alternative modes of relief, like has anyone tried the following: INTRATHECAL PAIN PUMP, (I’m on my 2nd spinal cord stimulator, for those considering, save your time, money, and the rise in your expectations), COLD LASER THERAPY, PLATELET (or Plasma) REPLACEMENT THERAPY? I dont mean to complain, because I know they’re are far more people out there in more pain than myself. I’m just looking for alternatives to see what might help, besides popping a pill every 6 hours, because I would really love to get back to work. My apologies if my soapbox was a bit on the big side.
I live in the Adirondack mountains and I don’t have a community pool or physical therapy near I don’t drive. And my son and wife have four kids so it’s to much to go.
I think if you go to a pain clinic and sign their papers making an agreement to follow their rules. If your in sever chronic pain and you can’t function you will be given the appropriate pain relief narconic or not. Has anyone tried epidurals
I’ve tried an epidural for my neck problems, unfortunately it didn’t help, however I’ve known others who have benefitted a great deal from the procedure.
A muscle relaxer is in my drug mix. It helps a tiny bit.
I would so recommend seeing a Pain Specialist at Mayo Clinic. They are on the cutting edge of alternatives. I know it might be expensive, but just go for a consult. Sometimes doctors will do courtesy phone consultations.
I did years ago for phantom pain and they used electric shock, which worked and got rid of the pain, but only for a few months. I did it a couple times again locally, but the side effects of the treatment were too strong and I decided to stop. If the effects lasted for a lot longer period I might have kept going. 19lin.
I had been using a muscle relaxant due to cramps in my body, but until the doctor said to try them for the sciatic pain I never thought of it and it does help although it takes awhile before it works. I did go to the local ER once when my sciatic pain went on for days and the ER was less than helpful.
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