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

I have fibromyalgia, and I take 15 mg of time-released Morphine Sulfate two times a day. I also take three Hydrocodone 5/325 a day for breakthrough pain.

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Comment from: cookiemac, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

After having a severe tick reaction 14 years ago, the pain in my mouth and jaw became unbearable. I have just returned from two weeks in the hospital withdrawing from Morphine, Tramal, etc., and would not have done it had I been told it would take six weeks to recover from unbearable pain and electrifying pain in my feet. I am only on Lyrica plus Mirtazapine at night. I am barely coping.

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Comment from: Jaimeez, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I had a breast reduction eight years ago. It has left me with terrible keloid scarring. I have had two different plastic surgeons revise my scars, but they are just as bad as after the first surgery. I have done cortisone shots, and I take Vicodin on a daily basis. They are very painful and the warm weather makes them hurt even more.

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Comment from: Dee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I have suffered from extremely bad stomach pain that is chronic but made worse by eating. It also seems to be accompanied by joint and muscle aches. The only relief I've received in a year was taking Vicodin. I've been having test after test. I had a CT scan and they found a hernia. They want to operate, and I want this to happen, but having had 11 surgeries already in my life, I'm a little scared to go under again.

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