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: NCmommakat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I am diagnosed with sciatica along with degenerative disc disorder (DDD). I suffered needlessly for years before finally referred to pain management (PM). I have maintained a dose of 30 mg morphine ER twice a day with 10 mg Percocet for breakthrough (BT) pain. Occasionally I switch to a different long acting (LA) medicine and BT medicine to keep dosage low. Pain has never gone but tolerable.

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Comment from: Pugmama, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I have had chronic pain for a number of years. The neuropathy was so bad, I just wanted to die. I was on 100 mg fentanyl patches as well as 2700 mg of Neurontin. The pain was mostly bearable for 3 weeks out of 4 with no end in sight. During a long hospital stay, I met a doctor who put me on Methadone, along with the Neurontin. I have been given a new lease on life. I have not had to increase the Methadone dosage in 7 years.

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Comment from: Zucchi17, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I was exposed to toxins for over 3 years and believe it caused neuropathy before I identified the source. At the time I was also exposed to bed bugs and an area with very high allergies. My pain is all in my skin. It causes insomnia, shooting pains, extreme itching and ultra-sensitivity to touch of any kind. I have to sleep with only underwear on, no matter the temperature. Mostly I seldom sleep. The only thing that ever helps is Lyrica, but I can"t afford it, and do not have access to it since I moved from Mexico to USA. I"m also afraid that Lyrica will only mask the problem while it is getting worse, and not cure it. But it does put me to sleep and stop the pain for 12 to 14 hours. I only take it about once a week.

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Comment from: trish, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I have been dealing with RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) for 13 years. I have very bad burning pain in my left foot and leg, caused from a surgery on foot, I can't get any doctors to help me where I live and I'm at my wits end. It has taken over my life. My doctor sent me to a pain clinic, put me on a low dose of Percocet and it doesn't help it, and they make you feel like a druggie at those places.

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Comment from: Joe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I have Crohn's disease. The chronic abdominal pain is unbearable at times. I have been prescribed morphine time release 5mg BID/PRN. We are struggling to find a Crohn's medication that works. I have tried 6MP, Humira and Remicade. The only thing that seems to help is prednisone 20mg and the morphine.

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Comment from: country girl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

Back in 2008 I had an MRI which showed 4 bulging discs in the lumbar part of my back, along with a annular tear. My legs hurt all the time with numbness and now I'm on disability. My pain is really bad, up into my buttocks, it is hard to sleep. I am on Percocet 10/325, Duragesic patches and sleep-aid to help me sleep.

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Comment from: ava, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I have been in pain since 1995. The first 5 years I took non-narcotics. Then in 2000 I started with narcotics. I have fibromyalgia, DDD (degenerative disc disease), DJD (degenerative joint disease), arthritis, CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). This has not been any fun. My pain gets so bad I want to die. I have been on Oxycontin, probably since 2004. My kids had me change doctors. So every time I have seen the doctors, he says to me, you are not getting more narcotics. Guess what, he took x-rays and found my pain was real. It is from head to toe. He has put me on tramadol 50mg every 6 hours. You talk about sick. I don"t know what to do.

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