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: livingBtrnow, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

My pain started out young with scoliosis and being in an accident at 17. I had as a result, fractured 2 vertebrae, 4 broken ribs and contused kidneys. I was assaulted and almost lost my life. Face reconstruction that required several titanium plates, bolts, you name it, is in me. One of my nasal cavities was crushed, so I get a lot of infections. I have been on every medication out there. The only medication that really makes me feel like I am a normal person is methadone. Not only is it cheap it works! I guess everyone has something that agrees with their body. In the morning I still feel like I was hit by a train, but I take my medicines and lie down and they start to work, some bad days where I am in pain because of barometric pressure and some days I can get up and start my day. It has really helped me be a person who can work and be alert, unlike the other medicines I tried, I started to feel like a guinea pig. My last doctor suggested it and put me on it. Best decision I have made. If you have severe pain methadone works very well; for me at least.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: jerry S, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 04

My wife has had neuropathic face pain for 5 years now. None of the medicines work, and none of the surgeries work, they only make her worse. She has gone everywhere, seen 17 neurologists, seen 3 psychiatrists, and had 2 years of pain management, biofeedback, and 5 acupuncturists. She has lost 75 pounds, and has tried 2 stimulators. I am surprised she is still alive. All doctors have given up! What do we do!

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Lil, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I have constant pain and swelling of my right knee. I had a total knee replacement in July and my doctor was treating me with oxycodone, but a new law has gone into effect stating he cannot treat me longer than 3 months. He feels it would be beneficial for me to continue with the medication but isn't allowed to prescribe it to me any longer.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I have chronic pain in toes and soles of feet - feels like walking on glass all the time. It's not neuropathy, either peripheral or diabetic. It's radiculopathy. I have taken ibuprofen and Dilaudid, with no relief. I have had epidural injections and direct pain management injections (steroid/cortisone) into feet 10 plus times with limited results.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: motorbike_crash, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I had a motorbike accident in 1984 and crush fractured 4 vertebra in my lower back, T12, L2, L4 and 5. I also fractured fingers, jaw and check bones requiring 22 screws and plates to put my face back together. I have had 8 major surgeries on my lumber spine with the last 3 being re-fusions because of broken hardware, screws etc.; the last in 1996 (more plates and screws). I get urinary retention when lower back pain is bad, which was about 1 week out of 6, less muscle tone in my right calf and numbness in my right foot. My main pain is right side sciatica and lower back pain. So I could keep working, I took ever increasing doses of MS-Contin (SR morphine) and Ordine (morphine liquid) for 13 years prescribed by a pain specialist, which was really effective as long as the dose was increased about every 6 months. A year ago I got so sick of planning my life around going to doctors for prescriptions and being treated like an out of control junkie if I had to see another doctor, or be admitted to hospital for another problem and having to explain and prove how much morphine I was taking (600-800mg/day). I went to my doctor and told him I was going to stop and go through withdrawal if it killed me. He told me about a medication called Suboxone, which is used by drug and alcohol centers to get addicts off narcotics. It works similar to morphine, but doesn"t have all of the side effects. I stopped the morphine and 3 days later started the Suboxone, which was increased to 32 mg over about 4 weeks. As well as controlling my pain, I now have my life back. I can taste food again, I feel alert and clear headed, and I've lost 18kgs and no more constipation. I also take Arthrotec 75 mg BD, which is an anti-inflammatory medication for arthritis that isn"t as hard on my stomach, and I feel the best I have felt for years. I have owned a bakery for 5 years now and I can now go to work for 8 to 10 hours, 6 days/week and still feel good enough to coach my 6 year old son's soccer team after work and week-ends, something I haven"t been able to do for years. My wife is so happy to have the old me back. I haven"t had any morphine for 13 months now and I don"t miss it. I would have stopped a long time ago, but I was so afraid of my pain being out of control and the terrible withdrawal symptoms, I couldn"t stop. Every time I asked my doctor about stopping, he said morphine was the only alternative I had for controlling my pain. It wasn"t until I made a stand about stopping that he suggested trying Suboxone. It's been used in Australia for 2-3 years now as drug to withdraw heroin addicts, so it's not well known or prescribed as a pain medication. If I had known how addictive morphine was and how it affects your life, I would never have agreed to take it. I have tried not taking the Suboxone for as long as 12 days, with the only side effect being a dramatic increase in my pain after 10 days. My pain is debilitating and it works for me.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Pain Management - Causes Question: What was/is the cause of your pain?
Pain Management - Nociceptive Pain Question: Please describe the type of nociceptive pain you experience, including additional symptoms.
Pain Management - Neuropathic Pain Question: Describe your neuropathic pain, including associated symptoms.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.