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: chacha12, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

My doctor and the physiatrist I have seen believe I have neuropathic pain. Nothing yet has helped the pain. I have severe, excruciating pain in my buttock on the right and going down my right leg and into my foot. The pain is unbearable when I have it. I also have a feeling of horrible tingling down my entire leg and into my foot. I am on morphine and oxycodone for the other painful conditions I have, i.e. polymyalgia rheumatica and fibromyalgia. They do help with this new neuropathic pain to some degree. I have also just been put on Gabapentin and am slowly titrating it up, right now at 900 mg per day. I am quite miserable and am worried that this will never go away. I have to use a cane to ambulate and I don't like that. I do not know what the next step will be with this.

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Comment from: vic1364, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am a 44 yr old female. I've suffered with pain for 25 yrs. Severe TMJ, neck and shoulder pain. Herniated disks, back pain, sciatica, and fibromyalgia. I'm sure if I think about it there are probably more. I have taken various narcotic's, (not OxyContin), methadone, NSAIDS, muscle relaxers, anti-depressants, anti-seizures, hypnotics, and all OTC products. I have been a human pin cushion with Botox, lidocaine, and steroids. I live in Texas and I can remember when the doctor's would make you feel bad for even asking for pain medicine. A lot of them still do. And insurance...I use to spend my whole paycheck on doctors and meds. I am still suffering. I wonder if there is any real help for someone who is (low income) in agonizing pain every day. I hope that help will come soon.

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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: Kutts, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I have pain from shingles.

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Comment from: Creynolds, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I have pain from fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, bones spurs, and an old back injury.

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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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Pain Management - Neuropathic Pain Question: Describe your neuropathic pain, including associated symptoms.

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