Patient Comments: Pain Management - Causes

What was/is the cause of your pain?

Comment from: ShanaF, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I accidentally shot myself in the thigh with a 22 revolver. The bullet traveled down below my knee cap. The pain was and still is unreal. I have been to five different hospitals in agony, crying and screaming due to the pain. The doctors told me that I have "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.” I take gabapentin three times a day. That controls the unbearable pain. But I still burn bad. I cannot move my foot. It is very swollen. I have been on crutches for six months now. I have sharp pains that appear out of nowhere. It feels as if scorpions are stinging my blood veins. Sometimes, it feels as if my bones have broke through the skin. I can feel them grinding. I also feel sharp pains in my toenails! That is crazy, huh? It feels as if there is a knife poking the toenails. My leg burns all down the calf. I have never felt this much pain. The doctors have started physical therapy. I have a boot on my leg to keep my foot straight. It has not helped. I am supposed to start spinal shots in a couple of weeks. I pray my way through the pain. I sometimes cry uncontrollably. My friends feel so bad when it happens and I am with them. They see the agony I am in and they want to help. They can't. I don't know? I pray they figure something out. I can't spend time with my 1-year-old granddaughter like I want. I cannot do things with my children. I want to walk again.

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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: 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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