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Comment from: psspurgeon1, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I have sacroiliitis and have had it for 2.5 years. I have had around 12 shots over the last two years for it. Part of them were just a regular Cortizone type injection, some were into my hip joint for bursitis and the rest were put into my ball and socket with ultrasound guidance. Not one single procedure has helped. I have begged for surgery but my condition does not warrant surgery nor would it benefit from it according to several doctors. I have two small children to take care of on a daily basis as I am a stay at home mom and it is so hard to get through the day sometimes. What I am using right now is a combination of somewhat scary narcotics and it controls it enough for me to function to care for my children. I don't know what the future holds for me as I am sure I will become intolerant to the Avinza (which is a time release morphine) and the Norco, but for now it is all I can do. I have also considered a spinal block but my doctor doesn't agree so I seem to have run out of options.

Comment from: lp532014, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 06

I've had whiplash injuries and have osteoarthritis, masked for 12 years on a pain med that made me like Superwoman. Now that medication has been labeled as a narcotic in my state (Indiana) and I'm suffering big time! Withdrawals are so severe I can't work in the caregiving field, dress myself without severe spasms, etc. I'm trying aquatic therapy and Epsom salt soaks. I'm getting better so far.

Comment from: always in pain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I suffer from severe fibromyalgia pain and severe chronic lower back pain. Pain medication has been the only thing that has EVER really truly helped me. I've tried Lyrica, Cymbalta, gabapentin, Neurontin, Ultram, tramadol, muscle relaxers, and over the counter medications. I'm scheduled to go to a pain management doctor so I'm hoping I'll get some pain medication for my agony.

Comment from: becky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

Oxycontin doses get higher when the pain gets worse from arthritis. Still, I'm staying somewhat active helps but at the end of the day I go to bed with an electric blanket wrapped around me. I can't hardly get out of bed in the mornings. Pain meds make me not want to do anything including cleaning house or going to work. My health ins. is $800/month with $5000 deductible. I can no longer afford to pay it so now in the process of finding something else which seems impossible and I just made an appointment with my doctor to get off the Oxycontin.

Comment from: gizmo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

After suffering severe CHRONIC PAIN for over fifteen years I finally had found a Doctor who truly cared and tried his best to keep me as pain free as possible and at the same time functioning on a daily basis. As I read in the Chronic Pain Article I was taking long term acting Kadian (morphine) also short term lasting roxicodone. I finally had my life back. I'm able to do my own housework and shopping.

Comment from: Katie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I found this article very helpful. I have suffered chronic severe pain for a number of years. I was totally incapacitated by this until I was referred to the Pain Management Clinic at a fine medical center. The combination of medications tailored to my situation, radio frequency lesioning, staff support, physical therapy with a therapist that understands my situation and pool therapy in a warm pool have allowed me to return to a almost normal life. Of course I still have limitations, but I have been given an arsenal of strategies to treat my pain as it changes throughout the days and months of my life. I have been able to return to my life, and my career as a professional artist, and can now go shopping and walking and do most of the things, within limits, that were impossible before. It is vital for me to "work" the program set up for me. Best of all the joy has returned to my life.

Comment from: rose, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I have a number of health problems. I have severe arthritis in my right leg and hip. I use a cane or walker most of the time. I'm on oxygen 24x7 for C.O.P.D., and I have been fighting with depression for 20 years. And I'm in so much pain at night that I'm up and down all night. My doctor put me on morphine 12 hour caps.

Comment from: functioningsenior, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

My chronic pain is severe. I have been going to pain clinics since approximately 2000 and have been taking Gabapentin for that time. Also, I have been given spinal injections about every six months. So far these procedures have worked. I am told that spinal injections tend to "not" work at some point. I hope not because Gabapentin has limitations, causing dizziness that does not go away at higher doses.

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