Hello, everyone! I am extremely new to joining online forums, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Back in 2008...
Posted by An_258421
Hello, everyone! I am extremely new to joining online forums, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Back in 2008 I began experiencing blinding pain on the outer-most skin area of my left thigh, which was preceded with numbness to the skin area, but not the underlying muscle. I had multiple MRIs, X-Rays, and other scans and nothing structural was seen to be amiss. After a few weeks, the pain subsided, and I went on my way with just the slight numbness, which I still have to this day. Fast forward to this winter and the pain has been sporadically returning, especially when sleeping on my back, which unfortunately is mostly required due to my CPAP machine. My primary doctor originally concluded it was just a pinched nerve on my hip. When the pain came back 6 months ago, she prescribed me Norco 5-325s, which to be honest only made me feel like I didn't care about the pain...it didn't actually take away the pain. Since the pain has been persisting and I have moved to another city for a new job, she is refusing to give me any more pain meds, but a new primary I've chosen can't even see me for 4 more weeks. I feel guilty asking for more pain medication, or even a different kind, but what am I to do? Are there other solutions to this issue, and has anyone ever had this same numb/painful skin, but full feeling below sensation? Thanks!View Thread
First time I've ever posted on a message board. I'm starting to run out of options. Here's my story... Im a...
Posted by An_258412
First time I've ever posted on a message board. I'm starting to run out of options. Here's my story... Im a 34 year old male about 6 ft and 170lbs. About 2 years ago I began noticing that my arms, hands, and hips were hurting, not your typical pain, but deep bone pain. Went to my regular doctor and she looked me over, and said I probably need to go see a rheumatologist. Went, they did a thorough exam. All that was wrong was that I had low vitamin D (we will resist this point later). So I was given a script for 50,000 IU of D (weekly dose). Weeks pass with no improvement. Went back to regular doctor. Had a battery of blood work done. Nothing. Had an MRI done on lower back. Nothing. Got sent to a neurologist. Got an MRI done on middle of the back. Nothing. At this time my pain has increased about ten fold, legs are starting to kill me, my back, arms, hands, and hips feel as if though I was beat. It always feels so deep, and I'm starting to believe it's in my head. So anyways, this neurologist sends me to his physiotherapist buddy, so he can get some money too. I had a nerve conduction study and electromyography. Those hurt. Just saying. Everything came back normal, so he had an MRI done of my upper back. Nothing. But was prescribed some steroids. Maybe it'll work, its worth a shot. No. The physio then thought it could be my SI joints. I sit a lot for my job, I travel a lot in a medium size vehicle for my job, so this theory was holding some water. I had my SI joints injected with steroids. I know the success rate isn't great for this procedure, but was hopeful. Nothing. At this point I was tired of being poked, probed, and prodded. And after the EMG and NCS I didn't want to deal with doctors anymore. I survived about 4 months before I went back to my regular doctor. At this point my body is riddled with pain, I'm starting to become majorly depressed. I was prescribed some antidepressants and pain pills, and as a last ditch effort had another MRI done, this time my brain. Had to rule outs MS. Now I'm hoping for MS just to have a diagnosis. Luckily it was negative. She set me up with another neurologist, one of the best in the state, or another buddy that wanted some money. It's all the same, right? No appointment for six weeks, so I asked to go see an ortho in hopes he could help. He was actually my favorite. He couldn't believe everything I had done with little to no treatment, just curious looks and shrugs of shoulders. He thought the hip pain could be bursitis and the body pain was a manifestation of depression pain. He gave a steroid shot in my hip, but let me pick where he injected it. He thought if I could point out the most painful spot, then he might be able to hit the bursa sac. Nothing... sigh... So the day comes when I get to see the Neuro. What a let down, he had no idea, told me he'd sleep on it and maybe something could come to him, but told me that everyone is low on vitamin D and that test is BS because the range is set to low, that's why more and more people are coming up being "low on vitamin d". Somewhere in the mix I was also tested for Lyme disease. So here we are today. My back and neck is killing me my arms go numb for no reason, I have tingling sensations in both my arms and legs,with pain in legs, arms, and hands. My hips feel like ive ran 50 miles. When i do anything remotely physical my body has this sore/tightness about it for days. When the weather changes I can really feel it. I'm an irritable mess. Writing this has made my hands cramp up. I'm at my wits ends. I hurt so bad, I just want to feel normal again. Anybody got anything? Also, I'm no longer on antidepressants. The only meds I take are 625mg Welchol (post gall bladder surgery) And my pain meds. I was told to get off the welchol by the 2nd neurologist but can't due to EXPLOSIVE diarrhea. That's fun to write.View Thread
I have a friend that has a lot of pain in her feet due to diabetes. Are there any meds that can improve her situation? She is taking pain killers, but that's a losing situation. I am looking for something that would reverse the medical problem that she has.View Thread
As what to do when it turns out you are allergic to anti-depressants & the other meds used for treatment of nerve pain. My doctor just prescribed Trazodone 25mg to 50mg to help me sleep. Ambein has been leaving me feel to sedated all day. Anyway the Trazodone cause all the same feelings increased nerve pain, extreme agitation & irritability, and constant thoughts of death & suicide. Sad thing is I have on taken the Trazodone twice at 25mg. Has anyone else experienced this?View Thread
Hi there, I'd like to ask a question if I may please. I've been looking online for information on how to get...
Posted by An_258355
Hi there, I'd like to ask a question if I may please. I've been looking online for information on how to get off the butrans patch (5mg) I have been on this now for about 3 years. I was placed on this due to a spinal infection/inflammation and the lingering affects due to nerves thereof - a 'general' diagnosis has been possible lyme/west nile - whatever it is/was - I am still (4 yrs. later numb from the knees down - numbness is intermittent and moves about from knees down to feet worsening by night time) this equally took me out pelvically which I continue to seek therapy for with some changes occurring. I am still on a walker as, whatever this was took out my left leg in particular however my right leg/foot is fine. It's been a trip - but I'll beat it - darn if I won't. All said, though and back to topic - might there be any suggestions on how to "get off" this butran's patch - again I've been on the lowest dose? Can I just take the darn thing off and ride it out or is this dangerous? I'd rather not take another drug to forego the butran's as had been previously suggested - it was suggested perhaps revving up the hydrocodone which I will not do - I take hydrocodone only when things are so unbearable sleeping wise and only at night if the need be. I dislike drugs - they don't react well on me hence I will do anything to "not" take something if at all possible. I take an anti inflammatory (gabapentin) twice a day presently and am hopeful this will somehow suffice. So I would really appreciate any thoughts on this subject matter and thanks very much in advance for your time.View Thread
About a year ago, I tore my adductor muscle in my right leg. I was sent to physical therapy, where they used a rolling pin object to break up the scar tissue that had formed. From the first time they "rolled" my leg, it felt like tiny pieces of glass were under my skin and the pain was almost intolerable. I have a high pain tolerance and at times, felt like I was about to lose my mind. They were shocked that I complained so much about the pain. My insurance only covered a set number of pt appointments, so I eventually stopped going, and began my normal activity again. I thought this was all related to the accident, however, I now notice that both of my thighs are tender to the touch, and if I press my fingers on them, I feel the "glass under the skin" sensation. No other part of my leg or arms hurt like this, so I'm curious what it could be. I'm not obese, but I could stand to lose some weight in my thighs, so I'm curious, could this pain be something related to weight gain, or is something else going on?View Thread
Yesterday I was doing lunges and started off wide, trying to get the best out of the workout. I didn't even get to the other side of the room and I felt a pop in the upper part of my left leg. It was close to where my leg bends. I then started off slower not doing them as far. Into the workout we had to do leg lifts, I could not do them at all. A tremendous paid occurred above my leg pain into my lower stomach area. I tried but the pain was too bad. We then had to roll over to low planks, which hurt extremely bad. I tried several times but couldn't do them. I am not familiar with what muscles it could be, could anyone help?View Thread
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I have been getting a little more active this summer as a fibromyalgia sufferer. No matter what I am ALWAYS sore the day after or even the day I do anything physical. For example, I walked a lot yesterday at a amusement park and now my hip hurts so bad I can barely stand. Another example, I did some weed wacking for a friend. My wrist hurt so intensely I wanted to cry. But I finished the work because I was manic and I'm ocd. And my bipolar ocd does make me push myself even though it hurts. My question to other fibro friends is this: if I were to work out regularly would I still be in pain when I push myself to do anything physical? Is there a point where I can work out and strengthen my body to where it won't hurt anymore? And yes, I get called a sissy A LOT and it PISSES me off.View Thread
I am dealing with a lot of neuropathic pain. I was on Lyrica and it treated it beautifully, but I gained a...
Posted by An_258291
I am dealing with a lot of neuropathic pain. I was on Lyrica and it treated it beautifully, but I gained a lot of weight on it. My doctor then prescribed Neurontin. I haven't gained any weight - as a matter of fact, I've lost a little. It only very slightly takes the edge off the pain, though, so I've asked him to up the dosage several times, but he seems resistant to up the dosage any more. I am still in a good amount of daily pain. I don't think I'm getting the restful sleep I was getting on Lyrica, because all of a sudden I'm exhausted all the time. I'm so tired, even as I type this. I don't want to get back on Lyrica and gain more weight because it would worsen the condition that causes the pain in the first place. Is there something that can counteract the weight gain Lyrica caused? Should I get my doctor to keep upping the dose of Neurontin to see if a higher dosage starts working? I don't know what to do. Can someone give me some advice?View Thread
If someone is taking 6/60mg tablets of Morphine Sulfate ER daily, 16/15mg Oxycodone daily, along with a 100mg...
Posted by An_258280
If someone is taking 6/60mg tablets of Morphine Sulfate ER daily, 16/15mg Oxycodone daily, along with a 100mg Fentanyl Patch every 3rd day, is this person over medicated and what are the possible side effects? The meds are for chronic pain in neck, back, and feet. The meds began 25 years ago with vicodine for the same pain issues. This person has an ileostomy and claims to need this quantity of meds as they pass through his system quickly and do not fully absorb.View Thread
Hello, I am a long term chronic pain patient. I worked ALOT of hours over 27 years managing my own fast food restaurant. Eventually, this was the end of my great health ! Starting in 1988, I bulged a disc in my lower back, but was young enough to recover well enough to go on. Over the years, things progressively got worse. I have degenerative disc disease, and have so far had cervical fusion, lumbar fusion, and soon will have to address my thoracic spine. I feel as though I am pretty tough, independent, and take care of my own. But, very slowly, over time, these back issues, along with repeated inguinal hernias, 12 so far, I am near bout defeated. I understand now my limitations. I cant hold down a job, and activities are very limited. It is definitely a wake up call. I have learned how to manage my pain, enjoy the pain free moments, have a team of great doctors, and do as they say. Things are NOT the way I ever thought they would be, but, with the Lords help, I am a survivor !! You cant let it win !! My life path is just different now not a failure. I spend more time with Church, and family, and volunteer when I am able. Never before did I have time for that. I definitely have severe bouts with pain, even though I am on some very heavy pain meds. I wish I didnt have to take them at all !! I have been having problems getting two of my scripts filled since January, 2014. I dont know if Obamacare has anything to do with it or not. I am ahead on my meds, but, going around trying to find which pharmacies have them isnt something I wish to do. I was using a small chain for all of my scripts, but, now, they tell me they arent able to get the two pain meds from their supplier? Walgreens and Walmart didnt have them either? CVS had them, but I had to go to two different ones to get them filled. Ever since January, CVS has filled them every time, no problem. My old pharmacy would hold my extra months scripts until time to fill them. I know, by law, they arent supposed to. I dont ask CVS to. I am very aware of keeping them safe until filled. It is very frustrating for chronic pain patients, especially those without a support system, to have to run around looking for their scripts. The stress alone can cause pain flare-ups. I pray for those who are having these problems.I want to get away from taking these strong meds!! I have had a slew of different treatments, some help, some do not, but you gotta keep trying !! My Pain Mgmt Team has protocols that I have to follow and I have no problems with that. They HAVE to have control over what they do. I do believe in my new team. I have been there for the past 5 years, and am having ALOT better results because I fully BELIEVE that mt doctor BELIEVES WHAT I AM TELLING HIM .They can read people. They know what they are doing. Just find you one that you can relate to and be honest with him or her. Thanks for listening and if anyone has any suggestions to help me, I am ALL EARS !!!! May God Bless you all !!!!View Thread
What has happened is that Walgreens and these other pharmacies have recently gotten into trouble with the DEA because of their lax behavior in documenting where these opiates have gone in the past. NOW they have done a complete turn around and have gotten too strict with their customers because they are scared of being fined again by the DEA. This is terrible business practice and I totally agree with a class action law suit. Where can people sign up?View Thread
I would like to know if anyone can suggest alternative pain management strategies. Background: as a result of a traummatic injury to my neck in 1999, I had a C4-C5-C6 fusion in 2000, about 6years, or so, ago that went bad so I had a staged C6-C7 fusion, C4-C5-C6 refusion, hardware replacement and a C3-C4 disk replacement, that did not go well, so; finally this year a staged complete revision - removal of all hardware, the artificial disk, and previous fusions broken and a C3-C7 fusion with supporting hardware. All this has left me with continuing chronic pain. What I have tried: I have tried medications, relaxation therapy, physical therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu, chiropractic treatments, psychiatric support, a TENS unit, trigger point injections, and botox injections. The pain remains in the 5-8 range daily, there was modest improvement after my two surgeries this year. I haven't given up yet, I do not know why. I guess I still think there is hope although I believe I am being somewhat delusional. However, if being unrealistic about my chances for a somewhat normal life keep me going I guess I can go with that. For those reading this, you are in this forum for a reason, I wish you all the best and continued improvement.View Thread
I've finally built up a tolerance to my pain meds I think. Either that or my pain has increased, maybe both. Last week at pain management I discussed this with the assistant I had the appointment with. I've only been with her the last 3 months, they often change who I see due to transfers and such. She decided to change one of my meds. I was on oxycodone 15 mg, 4 or 5 a day as needed for breakthrough pain and 3 15 mg morphine sulfate ER per day. So she changed the morphine to Opana 10 mg, twice a day. I haven't really noticed a change, I still have the same amount of pain. I go back in two weeks since the meds have been changed and this time will see one of the docs. I never felt the morphine helped me with the pain, when they increased that to 3 a day, it only made me drowsy when I sit down for awhile, if I'm up and busy, I'm not so drowsy. I do not like feeling drowsy. I like to keep busy and have lots to do, I sell on Ebay and have a garden which I enjoy and make lots of craft things. But since the pain is increasing I am doing less and less and gaining some weight back, and my earnings are going down drastically because of pain, it hurts to stand, bend, stoop, walk, reach, I am staying home more and doing less. Oxycodone is the only thing that helps decrease the pain but my 4 or 5 a day aren't as effective and I am sleeping poorly now too. My question is has anyone tried Opana, did it work for you in 10mg amounts and if not what is a good alternative that helped anyone here? Or what is a good plan to change to something else and then go back to oxycodone again at a smaller amount? I have felt relatively good for 4 or 5 years, but this past spring it's going back wards and I want to be active again, I need to be active to stay healthy. I need to be able to walk with less pain. I have cervical spine and lumbar disk problems and overall joint and muscle pain unexplained, it changes and I basically hurt all over from head to toe. I may need surgery someday but my spine doc is not pressing me, he said I will know when I'm ready. Between him and my pain doc I have had some nice years lately.View Thread
My husbands insurance company has been sending me forms and questionnaires asking me to 1) sign over my Hippa...
Posted by An_258149
My husbands insurance company has been sending me forms and questionnaires asking me to 1) sign over my Hippa right for individual drs, and 2 disclose medication info. It states that failure will 'cause a delay in benefits'. The insurance wants to monitor me and says will just be a brief questionnaire for the dr to fill out. I have been on 1 pain med for years but REALLY am never comfortable with signing any disclosure of confidential info. Today I found out I am suddenly not covered. No mention of refusal of benefits were directly mentioned in those forms and letters. The company is returning my call in the morning. Any idea if that can legally deny my coverage for failure to sign over my rights or refuse to be monitored?View Thread
I am experiencing severe and chronic pelvic pain, that I believe is due to scar tissue caused by three surgeries, a hysterectomy, recital seal repair, and colon-prolapsed rectal wall repair. I will be seeing a chiropractor who specializes in scar tissue treatment, but it am wondering if anyone can offer words of wisdom. CT scans show no disease. krView Thread
Hi Everyone, I have a friend that I mostly e-mail with and she has described to me many times that she is very depressed. I have suggested that she see her family dr. and try taking an anti-depressant. She says that she had a terrible experience in the past taking an anti-depressant and she will not take it.
Then on top of that she has pain from many different things. She will not take anything for that either. I hear her complaints all of the time when she e-mails me and I can't offer her anything because she does not want to take any medications at all.
What would you do with a friend like that and how would you handle the problem? I am real tired of hearing her complaints constantly but yet she will not take the meds that just might help her.
Do you have any suggestions as to how I can handle this problem?
I've had a series of injections S1 L4 L5. I also had radiofrequency on both sides. I'm a blonde and am noticing fine hair growing on my face and arms. I've never been hairy. Is this temporary? Is there anything I can do to stop these side effects. I don't want a beard.View Thread
Hi all, I recently saw my neurologist for a follow up appointment. I told him that I was having a difficult time going to sleep at night. I asked if he would prescribe a sleeping pill and he did it was the restoril 15 mg. capsule. It works wonderfully.
I also had a pain mgt. appointment recently after seeing my neurologist and she was very upset that he had give me the restoril because I am already taking diazepam from her. I have always given my neurologist my list of meds that the pain dr. gives me. She told me that she thought I had better take something different. She prescribed ambien 5 mg. I have not gotten it filled yet. The restoril works so very well. I don't take it every night and I am sure going to stop taking in long before my next pain mgt. appointment. I am aware that both of these meds are in the same family. The pharmacy did not say anything to me and no one else except the pain mgt. dr.
What would you do? Probably quit the restoril and start trying the ambien is what I think is the right thing to do.
Hi, have never posted here before, but have ongoing problem with pain at site of fracture from 2008. Fell when I passed out, and broke my leg/ankle. Can go for weeks without any pain or discomfort, then for a period of time have intense bursts of pain that can last for seconds or hours. At times, just the touch of a sheet or wisp of cotton can set off shock waves of pain. There is a small, uber-sensitive nodule over the site of the fracture. What gives? What is going on here?View Thread
I suffer from RA, Back, Neck just to name a few. I can't even find a doctor to prescribe pain medication. I don't understand why pain suffers are being punished because other people misuse or sell the med's to others. That should not be our problem. My body and mind are so tried that i can't even hold down a job. It should be my choice what i use to treat my pain. I am told walk, yoga, eat better the list go's on and it's not easy to get out of bed to do those things. I am hoping medical marjorana(weed) will be available soon. If i want to be medicated so i can do an activity it should be my choice not a Doctor or drug store. Walgreens is the worst pharmacy in the United States. No or little customer service anymore. most everyone is rude. I think they should hire more staff cause that seems to be the problem at any Walgreens i have been to in the last 15years.View Thread
I am a young male who has been on suboxone for around 7 months. I have struggled with opiate addiction in the past. I am however very high functioning, in college, have a job, a girlfriend and good family etc.
I have been having chronic pain mostly in my legs starting about a year and a half ago when I started standing for long periods of time due to the job i had at the time. I have been tested for arthritis and got back mixed positive and negative results. According to a physical therapist I had, because my left leg is shorter than the right, it causes problems in the way I walk and has put my right hip out of place and puts strain on my muscles which causes muscle knots and tension.
I am going to see a new doctor because the pain has seriously become debilitating, everywhere I go I spend the whole time trying to stretch and get rid of this tension in specific places in my leg that comes on every day.
My question is, what to tell my doctor about me being on suboxone. It's obviously really embarrassing and it's something I am really ashamed to tell anyone, especially a medical professional who will make judgments on how to treat me based on my past behavior. I have spent years trying out all other options as far as pain relief and haven't found anything that works well for me. However, because I take suboxone, the only opiate that I would be able to take is tramadol. I feel like I would be prevented access to pain relief because of my lack of self control as a teenager (why I am on suboxone), if I told him I am on it. However, if I don't, he probably wouldn't prescribe me tramadol, and I feel like if I specifically request tramadol I would come off as a drug seeker.
I feel like he will think I am lying about being in pain. Once my other doctors have found out I have used drugs in the past, they treat me completely differently and obviously make treatment choices based on the assumption that I am a drug seeker.
Any advice or your own experiences would be so greatly appreciated.
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