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Sometimes meds are not the answer.
BonjourRenee posted:
As a former ICU nurse I am well aware that people have various pain threshholds. I also know some pains wont be relieved no matter what. As for chronic pain, more often than not one has to go through various modalities before acceptable relief can be found. Personally, I havent been pain free in 30 years, since I came down with severe arthritis. For the last 10 years I've had severe spinal stenosis. I had back surgery last year and that did not fix it. I tried various amounts and doses of Vicodin, and that did not help. I wasnt willing to try stronger drugs. I found the only true pain relief I get is when I lie flat. I bought a microwavable heating pad, which I put on my back, and lie flat down for 10 or 15 minutes, and I'm good to go for a while. I do this several times a day. After my surgery I had physical therapy for a while, which did not aleviate my pain. However, I learned what I should and should not do, which was very valuable. I kept going to the gym after I was done with my prescribed therapy, and initially I thought I'm working so hard and nothing is happening. After a few weeks though I started noticing that I dont need to lie down quite as often, and when I walk I can walk further before I need to stop. By trial and error you can learn how much activity you can tolerate.

Push it a little, but not a lot. If you know that if doing something specific
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BonjourRenee responded:
Sorry, I am on my I-pad and had trouble with the reply window, so I thought I better post it so I dont loose the whole thing. I'll come back tomorrow to finish my post when I have access to my home computer again. Again, my apologies.
annette030 responded:
Good for you!!! I am so pleased to hear of someone who has tried therapies other than just more and more opiates, and had success. It takes time and some therapies will not work one time you try them, but may well work a year or two later, it all depends on where you are in your state of health at any given time.

Keep posting.

Take care, Annette
cweinbl responded:

OK, I have the same problem. I only feel OK when I lie flat. But I tried PT and it made me worse, three times. I still want to have a life. Two pain clinics later and still severe pain. So, I take really powerful pain medications. Guess what? It works! In 40 years I haven't become addicted. I take exactly as much as I am prescribed. In return, the drugs extended my career by 9 amazing years, just when I thought I had to stop. I took vacations with my family and I was a good husband and father. It helps me now in retirement. I have no adverse side effects whatsoever. So, why not use it, if necessary?

I'm happy that you were able to get better. Many of us will never get better. In fact, most of us will get worse. Therefore, I ask, why not strong medication? The rate of addiction is between 0.7% and 3% (, . It allows you to do much more than you otherwise could hope to accomplish. Your family and friends will thank you for it. And why wouldn't you want to have less pain all of the time. Medication allows many of us to feel useful, not simply exist. I don't want to exist. I want to live. I can only do this with medication.

_swank_ replied to cweinbl's response:
I'm in total agreement with Charles. I've gone back to school and started a brand new career all while being on pain medication. Nobody was the wiser and I'll be graduating at the very top of my class.

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