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oldbookman posted:
I have been tortured for nearly a year now by horrendous pain at the head of my penis after having an operation to remove accumulated scar tissue that made urination very difficult. My urologist can find no physiological reason, so it is assumed to be nerve damage. Treatment has been almost entirely with opiods, but my days are filled with a roller-coaster ride between periods of terrible pain & periods of bearable discomfort.

As a result I am in bed most of the time living a lousy life.

I have been on 30 mg morphine, Norco, Dilaudid, Oxycodone, Gabapentin, & now back to 15 mg morphine as of today presumably leading back to 30 mgs. My pain management doctor insists that I only take so many, many hours apart, thus leaving me suffering in periods of unbearable pain. He keeps trying to convince me that the reason I'm suffering so much is anxiety.....

Any suggestions much appreciated. 71 year old Joel
Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Joel and welcome,

I'm so sorry to hear you're dealing with this and I hope others here will have some ideas for you on how to manage the pain.
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
~Joseph Campbell
David Maine, MD responded:
Joel - Thank you for your post. This sounds like an incredibly difficult situation. I would suggest you seek the opinion of a pain specialist who is focused on the interventional side of things. There are a number of treatments from a non pharmacologic perspective that could provide you relief. Specifically - there may be a role for spinal cord stimulation. Have you tried any topical medications to treat the pain? This would also be worth a discussion with your pain doctor. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck.

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