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: 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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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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