Patient Comments: Pain Management - Effective Treatments

Please describe the type of pain you suffer from, and what treatments have been effective for the pain.

Comment from: martis22, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I had a car accident 20 years ago, and I am still living with the back pain. I've been taking medication for many, many years. I started to work again, but the pain just got worst. I was seeing a pain management doctor for a couple of years. What was helping was a combination of tramadol and oxycodone. I would take the tramadol six to seven times a day, and the oxycodone two to three times, depending on the pain. At night together with this medication I would take a muscle relaxer Flexeril to be able to sleep at night. In the mornings I would always have to wake up about 5 a.m. to take two tramadol and an oxycodone to be able to get up at 7 a.m. without pain. The mornings are always the worst.

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Comment from: bryant, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I am waiting for a total knee reconstruction but the pain is incredible. It feels like my knee is on fire. I have only seen a student orthopedic doctor who diagnosed me and said I can wait up to one year. I can't sleep for this pain, I cannot wait for a year.

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Comment from: Tiffany D, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I have been having severe headaches since April 2013.

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Comment from: Lilli, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: November 18

My father has emphysema and uses a CPAP (continuouspositive airway pressure) machine during the night. He is 88 years old and has many aches and pains of course. Currently he has been started on oxycodone and it seems to be too much for him. He just sleeps and doesn't eat or walk. He weighs 111lbs and he is 5'9".

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Comment from: samantha, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I have AVN (avascular necrosis) in both hips and L4, L5 and S1 are dried up. I have severe pain in my back hips and legs 24/7, but at night especially. I have severe muscle cramps. Sometimes I experience pain down my whole spine. Hydrotherapy is not working.

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Comment from: LilKCJames, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I have had multiple injuries to my back. Scoliosis, assault, car accident and a fall from a roof top. I have had 3 spinal surgeries. I walk sometimes with a cane, sometimes when the dual epidurals wear off I'll be walking in a store and have to have someone get a wheelchair because my pain is so intense and my foot flops. It's crazy. I take Methadone four times per day with Dilaudid for break through pain. I have been on this regimen for 4 1/2 years. My Doctor is a wonderful doctor but I have to believe that there is something else out there to help me. I have seen a surgeon and he wants to do an extensive surgery incising in front and back. I have denied the surgery because of the doubtfullness of success and the fact of how long recovery will be. I am 50 years old. I am now reading about laser surgery.

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Comment from: ddoogg, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I have lower back pain and methadone is the only thing that lets me live a better life.I have been on it for 8 years but now i have to find a new doctor and i am about to give up.I have been without meds for about a week including blood pressure meds. all i can say is life sucks bad right now. everybody are just the ones that dont get it,get it.get it,get it,get it.

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Comment from: hope4u, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

I have peripheral neuropathy. I'm not diabetic. My pain is a burning in both feet. The only treatment that has been effective is hydrocodone.

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