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Chronic pain sufferers/pain meds
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bpcookie posted:
Hi guys, many of you suffer from chronic pain and have prob. tried everything under the sun to help with the pain. Things like physical therapy, epidurals, chiros and so on. Since nothing worked for me my Dr. treats my back pain with meds. or muscle relaxers.

I swear I have tried every med. and either they dont work or the side effects are terrible. Ive tried Ibuprofen (didnt work), Skellaxin (didnt work), Tizanadine (didnt work), Soma (did nothing for the pain and just made me feel weird), Tramadol (caused breathing probs) and he even reduced the Tramadol to a lower dose (side effects still bother me). Only thing that works is Hydrocodone, but its addictive, so I can only take it when its really bad. So what pain meds or muscle relaxers have you tried that work and arent addictive?

Im making an apt some time to see my pain specialist yet again, but cant for a while since I have so many other dr.s I have to see. I would love some suggestions to throw at him.
I can't be bothered with a cell phone in my car....I am too busy making finger gestures at everyone!!!-Maxine
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Bpcookie,

While you're waiting for responses here, I encourage you to also talk with others on our Pain Management community .

I hope to see you there too.

And sorry you're in so much pain. I have a chronic pain condition and know how wearying that can be. (((hugs)))
 
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hope7951 responded:
http://www.nutritional-healing.com.au/content/Pain.pdf
You become what you think about...
 
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snowyowl33 responded:
Hey Cooks,

Back pain is awful, and tiring and draining.....I feel for you as I also have a major back condition. My doc (along with pain meds) gives me Flexeral (not sure if the name is the same in the States as it is here??) Another thing I work with sometimes is hot and cold packs, depending on what the pain is from that day. I also use a combination of menthol, eucaliptus(sp) and camphoer rub on my lower back at night time if it's bad.

I am not suppose to stand, sit, or walk for more that half an our at a time.. (idealistically, but not realistic) so my old doc recommended exercises to strengthen the core muscles of the body to better help support the back, and a small amount of gentle weight lifting t strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine.....and although you don't have this problem.... I need to lose some pounds!
Apparently for me sitting is the worst culprit, because it puts so much pressure on the spine....dunno if anything there might help, but I can totally sympathize!

Hugs
Snowy
One good thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs! :)
 
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hope7951 responded:
http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/back-pain-symptoms-types
You become what you think about...
 
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snowyowl33 replied to snowyowl33's response:
Meant to ask you Cookie, what is exactly wrong with your back, and at what level of the back is the most painful? the most pain? Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacral or Coccygeal? (tailbone area) ...?

Hugs Snowy
One good thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs! :)
 
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bpcookie replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
Hello Caprice Honey bunny, So sorry you have chronic pain as well. hugs to you.

I will have to check out the pain management community board today some time. Thanks so much. muahs
I can't be bothered with a cell phone in my car....I am too busy making finger gestures at everyone!!!-Maxine
 
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bpcookie replied to snowyowl33's response:
Hey Sweet heart, You know, Flexeral sounds familiar, I think its the same med. as one that my Dr. gave me, but the one I had was generic. I also use these Lidoderm patches and those are great, but they only go so deep, not deep enough though. The patches numbs the muscles, I only wish the patches were larger and I could use more than one at a time. Have you tried these patches? Im always using my heating pad too. Actually I over use it because my back ends up turning bright red.

I think the only thing that helps with the pain, sometimes, is laying down, but laying around all the time is also bad for your back. If my back isnt getting any exercise then it will just get weaker.

Ive been doing some exercises lately, just really mild ones and when Im in the pool I swim.

my husband says that maybe one day the pain will go away on its own. lol. Ive kinda given up on that thought. Its been about 3 yrs now.

Thanks so much. hugs to you
I can't be bothered with a cell phone in my car....I am too busy making finger gestures at everyone!!!-Maxine
 
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bpcookie replied to snowyowl33's response:
Hey hun, I wish I could remember off the top of my head the areas where the problems are. So I will just have to try and describe them.

2 yrs ago it started out as me having scoliosis and a thinning disc in the neck. Dr.s did all their little magic tricks and although the pain is sssssooooo much better than it used to be, it didnt work.

Less than a year ago I had another MRI done and more problems showed up. along with the Scoliosis and thinning of the disc in my neck, I also have slipped dics, arthritis and some other things, I just cant remember what they are.

So the Dr.s tell me that the problems in my neck cause the pain thats in my neck muscles, shoulder muscles and back muscles. Sometimes I do have pain in the disc itself in my neck. also I injured my tail bone when I was a child, so sometimes that will bother me.

When my pain gets so bad that I cant stand it, I will see my massage therapist and my chiro. But I wont let my chiro touch my neck anymore. He just makes it worse.

Anyways, thats it, hope my description isnt confusing. hugs
I can't be bothered with a cell phone in my car....I am too busy making finger gestures at everyone!!!-Maxine
 
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margaroo replied to bpcookie's response:
Sparkle,

I don't have a magic pill that helps me. I have tried just about everything you have, nothing gives me much relief. There is one more muscle relaxant out there, Robaxin. It was supposed to help my fibromyalgia, but it didn't. Like you, I get some relief from the Lidoderm patch. I sometimes use a TENS unit for my spinal stenosis. It sends a mild electrical current that interrupts the pain sensation from the site of pain to your brain. A heating pad brings great relief, but you know..... Recently I started in acupuncture for my sciatica pain, and that has given me great relief! I don't know if it an option for you, but the acupuncture is my ray of hope.

Hugs to you my friend.

Maggie
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
 
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melly2210 responded:
As far as muscle relaxers went for that type of pain, I end up on Flexeril or Amrix (sp?). I don't know if you take an anti-depressant, but my pdoc put me on Cymbalta for a while because it had a pain relieving effect. I've got ankle problems, so I understand about constant nagging pain. I can tell you when it's gonna rain (and I live in Fl) so it's pretty bad. They swell. Ice and heat help some, as well as some otc topical ointments like biofreeze or icy hot.

Sorry your in pain!!
 
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fuzzer29 replied to margaroo's response:
Oh, I would love to get a tens unit, but I can't afford it, and I doubt my insurance would even cover it. When I was in physical therapy they used one on me, and OMG it felt sooooo good! I have severe spinal injuries and am not even allowed to excersise. My spine is so unstable that I could wind up paralyzed for life. I use a muscle relaxer as well as 2 major pain meds, which I will not go into regarding which ones I use. My spine has bulges and many herniations throughout and scoliosis in the c-spine. I have to get an MRI every year to monitor the damage. It's sad that every year there is more and more damage, and it was predicted that I would be in a wheelchair by now, but thank God I haven't gotten that bad yet, but I do use a cane. I am so sorry that all of you are all too familiar with chronic pain. I wish there was a magic pill or wand to take or wave over the areas that cause so much pain. Hugs everyone!
No matter how high the throne, there sits but an ass. -Voltaire
 
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bipolargal responded:
I have a lot of neck and shoulder pain. I read about what you gals wrote about a tens unit, and decided it is what I need too. I found a model on Amazon, which got really good reviews, and better yet, it is under $30.

http://www.amazon.com/LGMedSupply-LG-3000-Basic-Treatment-Modes/dp/B003O72MX4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1279514444&sr=8-1

I bought the next one up for $48.00, because I physically need things that are strong. Like when I get a massage, I need a deep tissue massage, because a regular massage isn't strong enough for me.

Anyhow, you get free shipping on it, because it is over $25.00. Then all you need are the patches and conductive gel, and you are set.
If you fall off that swing and break your legs, don't come running to me. author unknown
 
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fuzzer29 replied to bipolargal's response:
You've got to be kidding!! I can't beleive you found one that cheap! Thank you so much for the link too, I will def check it out! I owe you big for that! Big hugs to you!
No matter how high the throne, there sits but an ass. -Voltaire
 
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fuzzer29 replied to bipolargal's response:
I also meant to ask you if you have it and if so, how do you like it? Trust me, I'm looking at them now!
No matter how high the throne, there sits but an ass. -Voltaire


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