Patient Comments: Chronic Pain - Management

What techniques have been effective at managing your chronic pain?

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.

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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.

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Comment from: rileypatti33@yahoo., 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.

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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.

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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!

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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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