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: ouchless, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

I have osteoarthritis including spinal stenosis. My pain is constant and chronic. When the weather becomes humid, or a day or two before it rains, my pain increases greatly. I combat the pain by taking maximum doses of arthritis-strength Tylenol (fortunately, my liver is OK). With the Tylenol, I take one Ultram ER in the morning and one 50 mg Tramadol every three to four hours. Together they make the pain quite a bit more bearable. I must also add that I have a low tolerance for medication (a little goes a long way), and I do not have an addictive personality, therefore these drugs are not habit-forming for me. I take all these meds 24/7.

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Comment from: Ron, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

My name is Ron. I am 31 years old and live with excruciating pain every day of my life for over three years now. I suffer from what my doctor has stated is the worst case of diabetic onset peripheral neuropathy pain he has ever experienced in a patient under 60-years-old. I was a very successful realtor here in San Diego and have not been able to work for three years! I am currently on Cymbalta, Gabapentin (1800 mg daily), Methadone (120 mg daily), Amytryptaline/Elavil (100 mg daily) and I still have unbearable stabbing, stinging, electrical and jolting pain in my feet and legs and burning throughout both feet! My medications do help somewhat. I'm afraid of what the pain would be without them.

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Comment from: insanecatlady, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I have suffered lower back pain for going on 11yrs. The pain varies from severe to tolerable but is never gone. It varies from a snapping, ache pinch when i move, to a pulsing ache when sitting still. It builds in pulsing stages at times as well. Ive had an MRI. The results of which are hypertrophy, a dehydrated bulging disc at L5 which is pushing on the nerve route caused by a fall from a horse in canter. The way I describe my pain at its worst is like having an ever tightening clamp on my spine that has nails inside. The nails are being twisted. Inside the center of the clamp is a red hot poker.

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Comment from: Candida, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

Daily, I deal with chronic mid-to-low back pain and neck pain, mainly on the right side of my body. My pain is muscle skeletal. I do not have herniated disc or anything like that. I have been dealing with it for about 10 years now. I have to stretch everyday and use medications. I have had chiropractic care, physical therapy, traction, and exercise. The main things that work best for me are to stretch each morning first, use Norco and vitamins, and regular exercise at the gym. These things help but do not completely eliminate my pain. I have trouble sweeping the floor some days. I have on many different occasions injured myself without resting the injury, which is why I now deal with so many problems. I also have carpel tunnel syndrome in both arms. Due to the type of work I have had since I was 18, I will always suffer.

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

I have neuropathic pain throughout my whole body for the last 15 years. The only moderately effective treatment has been fentanyl transdermal with tramadol and hydrocodone for breakthrough pain.

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Comment from: kelli098, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I suffer from degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. I was on fentanyl but lately have found more relief with avinza, once daily. I also have found a new formulation of cyclobenzaprine called amrix.

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Comment from: JR, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I recently retired from the Army because of chronic back pain. The military doctors gave me a lot of medications that made me dopy, fat, vegetable-like, and they didn't fix any pain. Rather, they made me sit or lie around; you can't get hurt if you never stand up. But I still cannot stand. Get the family together, and I sit with the older folks; I cannot stand for more than 15 or 20 minutes, and I'm only 46. We have a hot tub that is worth its weight in gold! I go to a chiropractor once a week, which keeps me moving. The military healthcare system uses chiropractors very sparingly, so I pay full price out of pocket, no insurance kicks in. I don't want more medications, I can barely see now. I am bigger than anyone in my family has ever been. I don't want to be a vegetable.

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