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Chronic Pain - Effective Treatments

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Comment from: Kimberly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I have had chronic myofascial pain and neuropathic pain for six years. I took anti-seizure drugs to help with the pain in the nerves and had weekly trigger point injections for years. In addition, I was taking Tylenol 3s, and Celebrex to try to control the pain. Nothing has worked as well as Lyrica. Now, instead of 2,800 mg of Neurontin, I take 225 mg of Lyrica. I have dropped the Celebrex and take Tylenol 3s rarely! Lyrica has changed my life, and after six years, I am finally ready to get back to work and living!

Comment from: Jeanne, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 29

My husband has suffered from chronic pain for 20+ years. The location is referred to as the lower right quadrant. The pain comes and goes about every 3 hours and the morning pain is the worst. There has been no actual diagnosis and he now takes 30 mg of morphine twice a day but still cannot function normally when the pain occurs. I feel that it is not helping and must be increased. He must be away from people, remove outer clothing as if it is restrictive and either lies on the carpet or sits on the couch, leaning away from his right side. He cannot have conversation at this time and tries to read magazines to control his thoughts. Only time changes this pain and when it is gone, he is back to normal. The only time the pain went away in 20 years was when he was hospitalized for histoplasmosis. We have list available of doctors and pain clinics he has been to, medications that have been tried and procedures that were tried. He did have some improvement when he was taking oxycontin and clonozopam, but the doctors didn't want to continue with these drugs.

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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.

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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.


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