Patient Comments: Pain Management - Causes

What was/is the cause of your pain?

Comment from: Midgedoll, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I acquired my back pain 6 years ago, and it has been a painful and trying time. On vacation to visit relatives, I got hit on my back. I arrived back home and about 3 weeks later I woke in excruciating back pain and went to the emergency room about 3 times over the next few weeks. Years of chiropractic treatment, physiotherapy, massage and medication still haven't relieved the pain much. I feel like I am resigned to spend the rest of my life in pain.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

In 1999 I began having a burning stabbing pain under my right rib cage that went straight through under my right shoulder blade. After multiple tests on my gall bladder (that all came back normal) it was decided to take out my gall bladder. It was done with laparoscope. When I woke up I was in the most unbearable pain I had ever been in. Same type of pain but much more severe. I spent 3 days in hospital and sent home on Vicodin. 12years later I continue. to have same pain and on a Fentanyl patch 75mcg. No one has been able to figure out pain. PLEASE can anyone shed some light on this or have an answer. It is debilitating and at this point some days I would rather not wake up.

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Comment from: luci67, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I have chronic pain in my neck, upper back, and I have chronic headaches (migraines and tension headaches.) My elbows and arms hurt as well. I have tried numerous medications that have not worked. The only medicine that has given me any quality of life is a pain pill (Vicodin.) Doctors don't want to prescribe those even though I do not abuse them.

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Comment from: sunshinekath, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I have been on the Percocet for after my knee replacement surgery. I finally took my last pill on Friday I don't have pain I think it was all in my head. Someone told me to see pain management. I want to know what the side effects are after u go off them. I feel like I am dragging and have a headache for a few days. I don't like being on anything that is a narcotic but it's the only pain med I can take.

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Comment from: peter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

I am 60 yrs age I am suffering from a trapped sciatic nerve in my lower left back and pain going down my left leg to my foot.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I don't know how it was caused. 3 days ago I started with pain in my left thigh and buttock, which seems to be like a sciatic pain, although I have never experienced this before, so I am guessing. I have been working harder than normal and had been climbing up and down a ladder, so this could have been the cause? I am 64 years old and have a condition called polymyalgia rheumatica for which I take steroids. The pain is intense and I am having great difficulty walking.

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Comment from: bassman, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I was in an ATV accident 8 years ago and cracked 4 lumbar vertebrae in my back of which I had 3 glued back together in an outpatient procedure. The fourth was going to require major surgery with no assurance of improvement. I'm fine sitting down (experiencing no pain) but when I stand up, I develop a low nagging back pain on my right lower back. I've tried NSAIDs and other oral sources to no avail. Now, I'm considering injections or acupuncture.

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Comment from: michandmax, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I am a physician assistant so know a bit about medicine. I have had two spontaneous shoulder dislocations within the year, one right, one left. First one occurred while putting my hair in a ponytail, it came out with such force it fractured the humerus and was in the hospital for a week (abduction and external rotation , but no actual trauma unless you consider putting your hair up traumatic?!). Second dislocation and fracture occurred in my sleep, with my arm in the same position. Lastly, dislocated my ankle the same year, climbing down a mountain. Prior to this, healthy, mostly, running marathons etc. My concern and wondering if anyone has experienced this...I had been on tramadol with each incident. Prescribed for aches and pains from my active lifestyle. It is known tramadol can cause seizures which can subsequently cause shoulder dislocation. I however never had a seizure, each episode I was alert and aware. I think this is a suspicious drug. I saw 2 case reports in an Asian journal.

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