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Aug 14, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Hi I’m Mike. I’ve had 17 back and neck surgeries from 1975 to last year when I broke my neck twice. I developed fibromyalgia after the fifth surgery. The fibromyalgia got worse each surgery.

I found that some medications like hydrocodone, all hydro…s , tramadol and synthetic forms of codeine cause problems like agitation, nervousness and itching. I’ve had chronic pain for many years. The only medication that relieves my pain is morphine. Thanks to all the fear of opioid addiction it’s been difficult to get a prescription.. I only use it when extremely necessary. I use less than the prescribed dosage.

I was a Chemical Dependence counselor and later Executive Director of inpatient and outpatient treatment centers. I taught at one of the major universities on how to manage private nonprofit organizations. So I’m aware of the problems inherent in misuse of drugs.

The problem isn’t with you, it’s with the physicians. You have to communicate every reaction to the medications and anesthesia directly and forcibly to them!!

May 17, 2017 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

What a story!! Sorry for all your difficulties. Thanks to DEA pressuring the FDA to reclassify drugs, we are really screwed royalty. If I ask for morphine, they think I’m exhibiting drug seeking behavior. I’ve always rationed my morphine taking less than the prescription dose but no-one takes that into consideration. I was in the ER recently with gross spasms. I was tied down for a night until they got me under control. I still have bruises after a month. The diagnosis was pain. I was given enough morphine for 4 days. I stretched it to 10 days and saved 1 in case I have another attack. Scared the shit out of my lady companion.

I say we are the only book on our diseases anyone will ever read but it’s a hell of a way to teach them. I want to keep in touch.

May 15, 2017 · gabapentin and muscle pain in Chronic Pain

Are you talking magnesium supplements? I found that taking magnesium with Gabapenten caused real problems.

May 5, 2017 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

Sorry to hear a story so similar to mine. While doing an internship in Chemical Dependence at a hospital, I also worked as a nursing assistant. I was making a hospital corner on a bed, sneezed and blew out a disc in my back. Surgery for repair at L5-S1 was the start. That was 1975. Since then there have had 17 back and neck surgeries. My lady says that I have the longest butt crack in the world.

I developed fibromyalgia in the 80’s and autonomic peripheral neuropathy in the 00’s. I’ve been in chronic pain for many years. Since the DEA put pressure on the FDA to make it more difficult for us to get opiods, I have had problems getting the one drug, morphine, that works for me. As a former Chemical Dependence counselor and inpatient and outpatient treatment director, I’m very aware of the dangers of misuse of medications. I’ve never overused any drugs.

If you take meds as prescribed, you won’t get into problems. Naturopathic medications have not been effective, for me. The government doesn’t tell that the number of suicides has increased among chronic pain suffers who can’t get their medications. It’s the people who abuse illegal substances that are addicted. Please don’t disparage or denigrate your need for such medications. Use as needed.

Feb 21, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Baclafen is a good muscle relaxer, gabapentin is a fair pain reliever for me. I’m on much higher dosage than you. I’ve had 17 neck and back surgeries from 1975 to 2 this
past year.

I found tramadol to be unuseful for me. I had terrible side effects. I’m unable to get morphine I need so I take extra strength acetaminophen with the Baclafen and Gabapenten. This reduces the pain but doesn’t fully take it away.

I use meditation and relaxation techniques to help with the meds. I developed fibromyalgia and autonomic peripheral neuropathy as results of the trauma of the surgeries injuries and broken back and neck. I fell several times in the past year resulting in ruptured discs and two broken necks.

Feb 19, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Thanks for your interests.

Regarding physiotherapy. I have chronic pain after 17 back and neck surgeries from 1975 to 2016. My lover said the first time she saw naked “You have the longest butt crack ever.”. The trauma of the surgeries was a cause for fibromyalgia and autonomic peripheral neuropathy. I’ve been in pain since about 1984. I was disabled at 53. 1 broken back and 2 broken necks last year with 2 surgeries increased the pain greatly.

My doctors couldn’t diagnose the cause of the falls that resulted in the breaks. Having been a Chemical Dependence inpatient and outpatient clinic treatment program director, I searched the meds I was taking and found it was the ingredients in an OTC sleeping medication I was taking.

Sorry to be long in telling a short story. Doctors don’t e are the only book they’re ever going to read about chronic pain. We are the experts on our bodies. I too have been told to exercise to tolerance but have developed a high tolerance to pain. I go beyond their set limits. You know your body, set your own limits.

I too have used meditation to absorb and accept my pain. I often meditate on Zen Koans while engaged in pain causing activities. Congrats on your observations and advice to us. Each of us need to find and follow our own path. It’s knowing to accept our own limitations but challenging our bodies that works best.

Jan 23, 2017 · Fibromyalgia and autonomic peripheral neuropathy in Autoimmune Diseases

I don’t know about family history. My mother was a raging alcoholic and my father a stepfather. I manage pain with a variety of medications including gabapentin, Baclafen and acetaminophen. When I can get it, I prefer minimum doses of morphine. I’ve found it to be an effective medication for me. The oxys– oxycodone, oxycontn and synthetic codeine medications. Tramadol was also ineffective.

I’ve had medical marijuana to be unpredictable and expensive. By unpredictable, I mean it’s difficult to control dosage or function well efficiently on it.

I’ve developed a high tolerance for pain but have an innate high tolerance to most medications. Anytime I see a new doctor, it takes too long get him/her to recognize this to be true.