Patient Comments: Chronic Pain - Management


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Comment from: winters, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I have chronic pain. My doctor had me on Fentanyl, and it was reduced from 75, 50, 25, and then 12. He cut me off and gave clonidine. I am so weak that I have to use a walker. I had 2 strokes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and many surgeries on abdomen. I have hernia and kidney stone. I am so sick of this government policy saying that we have to be taken off of our pain medicines. I am going to a pain clinic in 2 weeks. My doctor said that he recommended Suboxone. I am in need of some luck. Thank you!

Comment from: Razz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

These are some of the techniques that have been effective at managing my chronic pain. One is, stay active. By now, we all know that exercise provides an abundance of benefits beyond just the physical. For pain management, staying active is key because when you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, or brain chemicals that help improve your mood while also blocking pain signals. Eat healthy and drink up, practice yoga and meditation, perfect your posture and talk it out.

Published: November 13

My kids are in middle school and high school now. I still kept their favorite board games and books at a corner of our family room. Last night I was reading an online book on a sofa and my youngest child asked me to move over and sit next to her in case she needed help on her math homework. I walked with laptop, a big one with its power cord, and accidentally stepped on to an uncovered Battleship board game box and then the box slipped. My left ankle was rotated over 90 degrees, I think. And I saw the swelling in seconds. The emergency room doctor told me I had fractures on all three bones. She helped me align them and I am waiting to see the specialist tomorrow. I regret that I did not pay more attention when I walked with both my hands full and miss the days that I could move freely.

Comment from: Jimmyabbot02, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

For my pain management, I use turmeric. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, this brightly colored spice is a beneficial treatment for many health conditions, including chronic pain. Turmeric contains curcumin, which provides a natural way to reduce inflammation in the body, without harming the liver or kidneys.

Comment from: Riseabove, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I have severe arthritis in my back, stenosis, I have had 2 back surgeries and I have pain. I use a pain psychologist. He is the best thing I have used for pain. He taught me meditation, which I do every day, mindfulness, which removes the fear and anxiety about pain, and helped me find what triggers my pain. I also use ice, I plan lots of rest periods in my day, I walk every day, and I have started swimming. I have a Jacuzzi tub also. I take medications when things get really bad.

Comment from: Susan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

Cannabis sativa, also known as marijuana, helps me cope with the physiological and psychological effects of my back pain. While it doesn't always alleviate my physical pain, it almost always allows me to function and disassociate the pain from my conscious thought process.

Comment from: filemon, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 24

I was diagnosed with grade 1 enlarged prostate. Before I was admitted, I urinated with blood and after 4 days of hospitalization I was discharged and take some home medicine.

Comment from: Hiimtddy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I have been getting nerve burns since 2002 and they are very effective for my back pain from collapsed discs from osteoarthritis I’ve had since childhood. Now I have a struggle with my husband’s insurance trying to get my nerve burns even though it is proven that they are very effective at pain management for me and cost effective. They are making me do physical therapy which increased my pain to send me to the emergency room ER and more doctor appointments. For shots for pain, I have to have two nerve blocks, and then maybe I can get them. It's torture for me. I had my first nerve block today and I'm just spent. I had been doing so well in life, and then found out I was celiac and lost 77 lb. in a year. I just hope I can get through all this and get back to exercising and being me!

Comment from: Joy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

The best relief I have found for cervical facet joint syndrome is a home traction unit that was given to me by my physical therapist. I could never live without it!

Comment from: retired icu nurse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I have mild scoliosis and have chronic trigger point problems. I have referred pain to the anterior chest and occipital region from these. Injection with local c/s steroids has been effective Q4-6 months for over twenty years. Recently acupuncture has been as effective although the duration of relief has not been as long. Chiropractic, muscle relaxants, PT and narcotics have not been effective. Counter strain therapy is effective but adequate practitioners of this technique are difficult to find. My insurance will not pay for acupuncture although they will pay for chiropractic.


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Comment from: tonkytoy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

For my chronic pain, I do warm pool therapy, light exercise, 200 mgs of morphine ER twice a day, 1 mg of Klonopin three times a day, 10 mgs of Baclofen twice a day, plus 8 mgs of hydromorphone up to three times a day. This regimen has finally worked for me after more than 20 years of various treatments, blocks, and a surgical sympathectomy, which didn't give any type of relief.

Comment from: spicyburrito2006, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I have chronic pain due to a car accident in 2007. I had a fusion in early 2008. I am currently taking Percocet 10 and Norco 10 because my doctor doesn't write OxyContin prescriptions. It is starting to just get me up and out of the bed, but not managing my pain level anymore.

Comment from: [email protected], 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I use morphine, long and fast acting. I have used it for many years. I have fibromyalgia and chronic back pain.

Comment from: BC in Texas, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I have had chronic muscle pain for more than 10 years. I was started on the non-narcotic drugs until the dosage got too high. Then I was put on Oxycontin, which helped until the dosage got too high. Then I was on morphine until I developed edema in my legs. Then I was on fentanyl until it caused my bowels to paralyze. Prialt, a non-narcotic drug approved for the pump, was not effective in pain management, and the side effects were just too much. I recently received 100 mg of ketamine infusion over four hours for three days in a row. My pain level dropped from a seven or eight (on a scale of one to 10) to 1. It has been three weeks, and I have had some side effects. Some things smell different, and I have itching in various places. It’s a small price to pay for great pain-relief.

Comment from: sj69, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 18

The only thing that has worked on my severe back and knee pain is time release pain medications. When mixed with strong instant release medications for breakthrough pain we all know it can be excruciating!

Comment from: jberg1227, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 14

I have been suffering from degenerative disc disease and have had a pinched nerve in my back for roughly 3 years now. I’ve taken gabapentin, Percocet and tramadol and still have not had the desired results.


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