Patient Comments: Pain Management - Causes


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Comment from: srouse, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I was healthy, felt great, and on a Sunday went to bed as usual. I woke up at 5 am with extreme shooting pain down my left leg. I got out of bed and went into the living room and sat in the recliner. I fell asleep and woke up at 7 am with left leg numb, almost like it was asleep, and shooting pain down right leg. I went to the emergency room (ER) and they diagnosed me with sciatica pain, pumped me full of morphine, and sent me home. The next morning I woke up with no feeling and no control of bowel and bladder. I went back to the ER they sent me to the hospital where I had an MRI and was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome with 2 bulging discs. Now 2 weeks later I still have saddle anesthesia, and numbness in both legs.

Comment from: rsutton55, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I'm a 60 year male in good health. I get a pain down the outside of my left leg after I sit for an hour or more. It is like an electrical pain running from my buttock to my knee. Stretching seems to give momentary relief. It gets worse when I lie in bed. It has been occurring for the last 5 to 6 months.

Comment from: Ben, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I've got six chigger bites and the itching was so severe that I had to go to a doctor for relief. He prescribed a cream and an antihistamine. I'm in my 3rd day and it's getting better. But the antihistamine has caused me to have nausea. Good luck. Also might add, those little critters were in the bushes in the front of my house. I will be spraying that area soon.

Comment from: Sonya, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I have interstitial cystitis (IC). Doctor said I am the worst case he has seen in years. The IC treatments don't seem to work anymore and pain has worsened with no help from the doctors so I suffer and have to stay in bed, when I'm not urinating. I have severe bladder, lower abdomen, lower back, and sometimes bad joint pain, all I have read is due to my IC and the doctors don't seem to understand just how painful this is. I don't know what to do to get the help I need.

Comment from: Doc, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

Arthritis and degenerative disc disease, from injuries during military service is the cause of my pain. This had been verified by MRI. The level of pain varies a bit, but seems to be moderate. Darvocet (2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours) used to be very effective, but that's been banned in the U.S. Years ago, I took Talwin (same dose), and it seemed to work. The constant pain just really limits my activity, and make for a poor quality of life.

Comment from: Jo Jo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

The past 3 days I have had severe tension headaches with teeth pain. It is not a toothache but teeth pain and jaw soreness. I have taken different pills. I have taken Advil with extra strength Tylenol one night, next night I took 800 mg of prescription (ibuprofen) from Kaiser Pharmacy and nothing is working! This morning I took prescription of pseudoephedrine HCL (for sinus pressure).

Comment from: A Powers, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I had hiccups before I was born according to my mom's obstetrician/gynecologist. I still get hiccups. Cure is to drink from the wrong side of the glass. Tip over and/or have someone steady you. You are cutting off air and the liquid squeezes the air out, I guess. I don’t know. I just know it's never once failed. Anyway, it's worked on me since 1965, and I've helped many people drink from the wrong side of the glass, and their hiccups stopped.

Comment from: male person, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 15

I have had 3 surgeries on my back. They removed 2 discs. I have had constant pain for over 30 years. My doctor sent me to a pain management doctor.

Comment from: ShanaF, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I accidentally shot myself in the thigh with a 22 revolver. The bullet traveled down below my knee cap. The pain was and still is unreal. I have been to five different hospitals in agony, crying and screaming due to the pain. The doctors told me that I have "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.” I take gabapentin three times a day. That controls the unbearable pain. But I still burn bad. I cannot move my foot. It is very swollen. I have been on crutches for six months now. I have sharp pains that appear out of nowhere. It feels as if scorpions are stinging my blood veins. Sometimes, it feels as if my bones have broke through the skin. I can feel them grinding. I also feel sharp pains in my toenails! That is crazy, huh? It feels as if there is a knife poking the toenails. My leg burns all down the calf. I have never felt this much pain. The doctors have started physical therapy. I have a boot on my leg to keep my foot straight. It has not helped. I am supposed to start spinal shots in a couple of weeks. I pray my way through the pain. I sometimes cry uncontrollably. My friends feel so bad when it happens and I am with them. They see the agony I am in and they want to help. They can’t. I don’t know? I pray they figure something out. I can’t spend time with my 1-year-old granddaughter like I want. I cannot do things with my children. I want to walk again.


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Comment from: Midgedoll, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I acquired my back pain 6 years ago, and it has been a painful and trying time. On vacation to visit relatives, I got hit on my back. I arrived back home and about 3 weeks later I woke in excruciating back pain and went to the emergency room about 3 times over the next few weeks. Years of chiropractic treatment, physiotherapy, massage and medication still haven't relieved the pain much. I feel like I am resigned to spend the rest of my life in pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

In 1999 I began having a burning stabbing pain under my right rib cage that went straight through under my right shoulder blade. After multiple tests on my gall bladder (that all came back normal) it was decided to take out my gall bladder. It was done with laparoscope. When I woke up I was in the most unbearable pain I had ever been in. Same type of pain but much more severe. I spent 3 days in hospital and sent home on Vicodin. 12years later I continue. to have same pain and on a Fentanyl patch 75mcg. No one has been able to figure out pain. PLEASE can anyone shed some light on this or have an answer. It is debilitating and at this point some days I would rather not wake up.

Comment from: luci67, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I have chronic pain in my neck, upper back, and I have chronic headaches (migraines and tension headaches.) My elbows and arms hurt as well. I have tried numerous medications that have not worked. The only medicine that has given me any quality of life is a pain pill (Vicodin.) Doctors don't want to prescribe those even though I do not abuse them.

Comment from: sunshinekath, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I have been on the Percocet for after my knee replacement surgery. I finally took my last pill on Friday I don’t have pain I think it was all in my head. Someone told me to see pain management. I want to know what the side effects are after u go off them. I feel like I am dragging and have a headache for a few days. I don’t like being on anything that is a narcotic but it’s the only pain med I can take.

Comment from: peter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

I am 60 yrs age I am suffering from a trapped sciatic nerve in my lower left back and pain going down my left leg to my foot.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I don't know how it was caused. 3 days ago I started with pain in my left thigh and buttock, which seems to be like a sciatic pain, although I have never experienced this before, so I am guessing. I have been working harder than normal and had been climbing up and down a ladder, so this could have been the cause? I am 64 years old and have a condition called polymyalgia rheumatica for which I take steroids. The pain is intense and I am having great difficulty walking.

Comment from: bassman, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I was in an ATV accident 8 years ago and cracked 4 lumbar vertebrae in my back of which I had 3 glued back together in an outpatient procedure. The fourth was going to require major surgery with no assurance of improvement. I'm fine sitting down (experiencing no pain) but when I stand up, I develop a low nagging back pain on my right lower back. I've tried NSAIDs and other oral sources to no avail. Now, I'm considering injections or acupuncture.

Comment from: michandmax, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I am a physician assistant so know a bit about medicine. I have had two spontaneous shoulder dislocations within the year, one right, one left. First one occurred while putting my hair in a ponytail, it came out with such force it fractured the humerus and was in the hospital for a week (abduction and external rotation , but no actual trauma unless you consider putting your hair up traumatic?!). Second dislocation and fracture occurred in my sleep, with my arm in the same position. Lastly, dislocated my ankle the same year, climbing down a mountain. Prior to this, healthy, mostly, running marathons etc. My concern and wondering if anyone has experienced this...I had been on tramadol with each incident. Prescribed for aches and pains from my active lifestyle. It is known tramadol can cause seizures which can subsequently cause shoulder dislocation. I however never had a seizure, each episode I was alert and aware. I think this is a suspicious drug. I saw 2 case reports in an Asian journal.

Comment from: mmcangel626, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I have fibromyalgia and all the traditional treatments do not work for me and I have adverse effects to potent pain medications. I finally found a doctor who put me on Dilaudid and it works. Howeever, I am trying to put together a team of doctors to work with me and now I am left hanging. The Rheumatologist foisted my treatment to a primary doctor, whoever they may be for my insurance does not have a doctor who understands my condition and my history. They all know best regardless of my history, they want to put me on Lyrica, etc., again.


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Comment from: mmcangel626, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I have fibromyalgia and all the traditional treatments do not work for me and I have adverse effects to potent pain medications. I finally found a doctor who put me on Dilaudid and it works. Howeever, I am trying to put together a team of doctors to work with me and now I am left hanging. The Rheumatologist foisted my treatment to a primary doctor, whoever they may be for my insurance does not have a doctor who understands my condition and my history. They all know best regardless of my history, they want to put me on Lyrica, etc., again.

Comment from: terri143, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I have migraine headaches a few times a week. My major pain is in my back. I have degenerative disc disease and the only thing that allows me to live a live as close to normal as I can. I am taking vicodin, but, I have realized that doctors do not like to give the med that works. I take the as they are prescribed to me. I do not abuse them. I just like to have some kind of life with my grandchildren.

Comment from: Joe, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

I have pain in my left buttock that extends down to my knee. Sometimes it goes further down my leg. The pain is awful especially when I run or when I drive long distances in my car or on a plane. I went to a chiropractor for several months he said it was a degenerative disc that was causing this pain but it sounds like sciatica to me. The months of treatment did not make it any better. I am thinking about getting a steroid shot.

Comment from: chronicpain5, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I have chronic back pain, car wrecks, motorcycles stunts, football, and poor posture as a child. I have scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, bone spurs, and in my lower back and neck some discs are deteriorating, and nerves get pinched a lot causing pain in my hips, and my arms and especially my hands to go numb. I'm on 40MG opana ER 2x daily, oxycodone IR 15mg 4x daily, and flexiril 5MG 2x daily. The meds enable me to work all day with minimal pain and my job requires lifting and twisting with over 30LBs repeatedly. I've had epidurals (3) lidocaine injections. The meds work, the injections didn't. My doctor wants me to try a Spinal Cord Stimulator. I'm still unsure about it because it requires minor surgery and a device implanted.

Comment from: shadow1713, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 29

My pain was caused by fibromyalgia, aggravated by chronic dislocated shoulder. Allergic to Morphine, use Lortab10/500 and Soma. Not working very well.

Comment from: nataliem, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

The cause of my pain is a c 5-6 c 6-7 cervical disc herniation. I had a medial nerve block that didn’t help the pain much.

Comment from: why not me, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

One week ago I began to have pain in the bottom of my stomach it radiated to my left hip then down to lower legs, left and right. I have been diagnosed with Padgett’s disease although I have never had a problem with it.

Comment from: jcweav2000, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I have has chronic neck and shoulder pain for about a year. I recently had acdf c4 c5 and c6 corpectomy in January. So far the surgery hasn`t helped, I’m still in constant neck and shoulder pain. Now my surgeon is saying it could take 12-18 months before I feel any relief. My doctor won`t prescribe anything other than tramadol, which doesn`t help. I thought surgery was my last option. I don`t know what to do now.