I have chronic back pain from my scoliosis. I was diagnosed at 12 and wore 2 different back braces for 3 years. This corrected it to where I did not need surgery at that point. I am 29 now and my 4 curves have progressed to 46-42-24 and 17. I do not want to do surgery until i absolutely have to. I was a division 1 athlete and am still very active and have strong core muscles. I am so frustrated that it brings me to years almost every night because I am in pain every day and extreme pain at night. It is an aching muscle pain on my right side and an extreme tightness in my lower back. I have done the physical therapy and chiropractic route but nothing seems to help. Does anyone have suggestions if cortisone shots or anything else would help reduce the pain. Please help I feel hopeless .View Thread
My girlfriend was using a nail filer on her big toe and poked the side under the toe nail, immediately after...
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My girlfriend was using a nail filer on her big toe and poked the side under the toe nail, immediately after this incident her knee was in severe pain. She has much pain when she walks now. Is the knee pain an isolated incident from her toe, or did she put pressure on a pressure point in her foot accidently, which is causing her knee pain? How can the pain in her knee be relieved? She is constantly complaining about walking as it puts pressure on her knee. Thanks for your time.
I have read most of the posts and replies about the most aggravating topic of Patients and Doctors and the amount of meds.
What is wrong with you all? Normally, I see most of you being very helpful and supportive to the people that post on here. Now, it looks as though there are way too many of you that want to point the finger at the DEA or some other group when it comes to pain mgt.
I have suffered for almost 40 years with chronic to severe pain. I need to have access to pain medications to treat me. I am grateful that my current pain mgt. dr. prescribes enough pain meds to keep me as comfortable as I can me. If I did not have a pain mgt. dr. like her, I do not know what I would do.
All of us are different and especially how we treat out chronic pain. Some people can add some light exercise to help and there are others that can't and are not able to do that. Instead of being so darn critical of some people, why don't we offer advice that we think may be of help and stop making judgement calls when we don't have all of the facts. Everyone is different and everyone's pain is also different. This Pain Management Community is supposed to be an outlet for pain patients and also to vent and get feedback from others here.
Come on, you all, you know what I am talking about.
Hi all, I have some questions that i hoping someone can answer. Im 32 years old and I've had kidney stones for 14 years on and off. Usually its just once or twice a year but i did have an approximately 3 year period with no stones, it rocked . As of last november however I've been producing stones at a rapid rate. It started with one stone that was 3/4 of an inch. I was pregnant so i couldn't have any procedures performed to remove it. I did however pass fragments on a monthly basis up until my son was born in mid may.In late june i went to the er for pain and had a ct scan that showed several stones in my left kidney and one in the ureter, one of which was still too large to pass, and one on my right kidney. I had a follow up x-ray a week ago that showed 9 stones in my left kidney, all passable. I am currently passing one or more of those 9 stones which brings me to my question. My urologist gave me one last rx for flomax and norco and has referred me to a pain management dr. Ive never been to one and don't know what to expect. I didn't even know that type of dr would treat pain from kidney stones. Does anyone here see a dr for this type of pain and if so what did he/she do? Im hoping for this to be a short term problem, that i'll pass these 9 stones and go awhile hopefully before another but I'm not sure if thats realistic. Ive never formed stones this rapidly before and its really scary honestly. Is this dr going to take my pain seriously? Does anyone here have any advice or insight as to what to expect? Im a little lost. I was informed of this appt in a very brief email from my urologists staff so i had no opportunity to ask questions. Thanks in advanceView Thread
I've been on the fentanyl patch for a couple months now to treat chronic pain from pancreatic tumors. I started on the 25mcg/hr Watson fentanyl patch and 2 weeks later was increased to the 50mcg/hr. I haven't had any issues with it until now. They weren't sticking so great so I've been using the 3M Tegaderm adhesive film to cover them. I messed up last night and when I changed to a new patch I forgot the tegaderm film and so I woke up and the patch had fallen off.
My question is...The actual fentanyl patch's adhesive isn't really sticking to my skin but I am holding it on with a tegaderm film. Is the medicine still going to work with it like this? The correct side of the patch which has the adhesive is against my skin it just isn't really sticky now so that film is holding it on.
Help. Does anyone have any advice for me . I am desperately trying to find my husband a doctor who will deal with chronic pain issue and management. He has had severe back/leg pain for several years due to injury/illness. He is currently taking Methadone 60mg a day. Doctor is a jerk. Pain is not managed well, doctor refuses to talk different meds, increase/change etc. He would like to come off this. I have called several doctors, seems like nobody wants to deal with it. It seems to me there is a lot of discrimination with this issue. He has all the medical documentation , MRI's, x-rays, etc. Why does the medical community treat pain sufferers like they are all addicts looking for meds? I know there is a big issue with opiates and doctors are scared.. But what can he do, he only wants his chronic pain treated. I am afraid for him. He is depressed, frustrated etc. Is anyone else going through this. He can't talk to his doctor, no bedside manner. ThanksView Thread
I was told that I have a central sensitization syndrome (I injured my neck around C6/C7 2.5 years ago and eventually ended up in a pain management clinic with this diagnosis). Anyway, I recently moved and am wondering what type of doctor would be best to see for this condition? Any help would be appreciated!View Thread
I would like to hear from others who have been on narcotic pain meds for a long time (year or more) and your experiences. I have been on them for 4-5 years and have gone from vicodan to Percocet to fentanyl.View Thread
About a week ago I started to get pisiform pain and just today it has hurt enough to ice it/google some...
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About a week ago I started to get pisiform pain and just today it has hurt enough to ice it/google some things about it.
I currently serve full time (30-40 hours) in a restaurant carrying large trays, and large bowls/plates in my hands, straining this bone.
my hand lays flat with these trays and I can feel it.
I am going to take it easy, I have been icing it, and am telling management as well as my co-workers that I will need to take it easy on this hand/bone, and that I will be limited to physical work I can do as far as the large trays go.
I feel it may also be of bad form, as I can also extend my fingers and carry trays this way, but then I will strain my fingers.
I am also going to purchase a brace for this hand and avoid lifting with it if I can at all costs. I am trying to become able to carry said trays in my left hand as well.
Any advice beside what I am currently doing? I am also going to decrease my time working once school starts this next week, so hopefully all of this in combination is enough help for me.
I am currently uninsured and cannot afford someone to see for this, although I may call my aunt as she is a sports therapist and may know something about this.
I already suffer from sesamoiditis in my foot, which is a WHOLE other story of daily pain management for me considering my type of work, and I definitely do not want this to happen in my hand too!
I cannot tell if it is a simple, small cramp/bruise from one day of work or one specific thing that I did, but any advice would be great as I am extremely paranoid right now!View Thread
Hi all, The past 2 weeks or so I have been having some type of allergy? that causes me to have a pink rash...
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Hi all, The past 2 weeks or so I have been having some type of allergy? that causes me to have a pink rash on my left upper arm and just feel like I can't scratch enough where I am itching. Does anyone here that is a pain mgt. patient have this problem? I have never had this type of problem. I have been taking 2 Benadryls to try and help with the itching. I have no idea what is causing this.
I have been taking methadone, valium, skelaxin, fioricet w/codeine, phenergan, summatriptan and a few other meds from my family dr. The pain meds are mostly from my pain mgt. dr. Some of the pain meds are also from my neurologist. These drs. know all of the medications that I take. I have informed them about all of this a very long time ago.
I have never had a reaction where I am itching from head to toe. Do any of you have a similar problem? I am at my wits end with all of this. I asked the pharmacist if there would be any interaction with my meds that would cause this and he said no.
Would any of you that can relate to this problem let me know what you think? I really do not want to go down the road with a bunch of allergy tests. I did that when I was in my 20's and now I am in my early 60's. I just do not know what to do.
I was wondering if anyone on here could give me some pointers on how to take care of myself just a little...
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I was wondering if anyone on here could give me some pointers on how to take care of myself just a little better? I have been recently clinically diagnosed with FMEN-1. I am on my third pregnancy, with no live children to speak of, as my last two ended in mis-carriages. If there is anything that anyone could share, I would really really appreciate it !View Thread
I have peripheral neuropathy with severe pain. I also have recently been diagnosed with Multiple Schlerosis....
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I have peripheral neuropathy with severe pain. I also have recently been diagnosed with Multiple Schlerosis. In addition I have sever nerve pain in my right lower leg from a popliteal nerve block done in conjunction with a tendon rupture. I don't want to take the standard neuropathy meds like Neurontin/Lyrica related to side effects. I take Tramadol 50mg about 4 times a day and spend the rest in bed. Are there any other non-medication options for neuropathy pain? Is it worth going to a pain management center? Any help I have gotten medically has been on my own. I have had very bad luck with physicians. Looking for input.View Thread
need some feed back for this vent. I was late 15 min. my transportation did not show, got in the car drove and was late. I was told because I was late the dr. probably could not see me. I was told to come back in 2 hrs. No one else was in the office, his wife was bringing in bags of food for lunch. I felt because I always pay for an extra visit I at least had 15min. and thought I should have been seen. The dr. knows I cannot walk well, was in pain at 5 to 8 level and have been a patient for over 5 yrs. I have been treated and given many shots for pain, paid thousands . I realize dr. are busy,however I have waited to be seen for 3 hr., there was no consideration. I was then told walk over here to make another appt. Are you kidding,? under valued patient. Another point when did the dr. start requiring cat scans in stead of MRI. Cat scans have as much radiation as the lowest degree of an atom bomb of Hiroshimo. Is it money? Seriously is it? I would really like to know someone else view. Thanks
Hello, my name is Ebony. I am 29 years old and was just diagnosed with Osteoarthritis. To give you a little bit of background about 3-4 weeks ago I had to call a private ambulance company to go to the hospital and they accidently dropped me flat on my back and neck. Some ligaments were torn in my neck and back. During the process of the CT and MRI I found out that I have Osteoarthritis, a bulging/herniated disk that needs surgical intervention, and a degenerative disc disease. I am on Oxycontin and some Anti-Inflammatory (OTC's) to help with the pain. I am also taking some vitamins now Calcium with Vitamin D, Omega 3 Fish Oil, Glucosomine Chondritin, Cinnamon Tablets (for my diabetes). I am also taking quite a bit of medical medications. I have nursing care that comes to my apartment twice a week because it became unbearable trying to leave the house constantly. I also had some serious issues communicating with my primary care physician and this doctor practically lived on vacation so she could not write proper orders for my nurse and her colleague doesn't know squat about anything. So I have decided to switch back to a doctor in my past that I trusted. I am keeping all the rest of my doctors. My pain doctor lectured me today about the use of narcotic medication and he increased it one more time but he said he won't do it again. So I need to find some natural ways to reduce my pain. Maybe some yoga or something. I will be doing my research. Well, I could use as much advice as you are willing to offer. This is a new thing for me and I'm finding it to be a very difficult, depressing situation.View Thread
I have severe chronic pain, stenosis, polyneuropathy, DDD/DJD, osteoperosis, tachacardia, low oxygenated blood return from lungs to heart. I am taking 480mg (Max Dose) of Cardizem, osteopenia, Vitamin D deficiency.protein C deficiency, taking Coumadin, and Lovenox injection 80mg. I have been on Norco 10/325, Tramadol, flexeril & Gabbipentin 2700mg. Needless to say nothing has worked to squelch my pain. I have severe COOD bronchitis, & Emphysema. I also have many bullous emphysema in both lungs, and take Dailiresp & prednisone for better lung function.
I was just prescribed Butrans 10mcg/hr, and deathly affraid because of the warnings for people with compromised lung function. I discussed this concern briefly with Pain Manage Dr, heart, pulmonary, Internal Med, Hematologist. There was a unanimous give it a go, I'm really concerned now because I have searched the butrans treads and have found no one with the lung issues I described about myself, is there anyone out there that have successfully taken this drug with severe lung impairment? If so it sure would be nice to hear how you've managed on Butrans.
Adding a corticosteroid to an epidural containing a local anesthetic does not enhance pain reduction in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis according to a recent study. The article can be found at Nurse.com/Article/Corticosteroids.
I don't have this or a related problem, thought someone here might be interested. The study was published in the July 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
I have chronic pain ,migraines,tension headaches and arthritis and osteoporosis i am at my wits end and was...
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I have chronic pain ,migraines,tension headaches and arthritis and osteoporosis i am at my wits end and was recommended the pain main pain management center but I dont know if they can help I dont know what they do i just see people saying some kind of cream cant even cry cause I will get a migraine ,the arthritis is horrible and I cant take any anti depressants or the other things they have tried to give me because it causes suicidal thoughts I dont take anything with codeine or hydrocodone products because they make my headaches horrible only take very few if i have surgery or tooth pulled even then they are never a lot I have to only take them till that major pain has subsided then I stop I have two younger kids 12 and 14 and two older 22 and 18 they help as much as possible but I have to have a clean house and dinner on the table just makes me feel horrible if i dont Please help at least with some advice thank youView Thread
My hips lower back and upper thighs ache horribly but notice when I try to walk any inclines weather steep or...
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My hips lower back and upper thighs ache horribly but notice when I try to walk any inclines weather steep or hardly noticeable the pain in all three areas increase emmensly and my legs get so weak I can barely make it up and stumble a tad when going up the incline What causes that to happen? Thank youView Thread
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I want to hear from anyone who has tried to get off of morphine sulfate. What methods did you use? I take 120...
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I want to hear from anyone who has tried to get off of morphine sulfate. What methods did you use? I take 120 mgs for a 24 hour period and have started a program of decreasing intake by 30 mgs per day for one month. I expect this to be too great an amount but I can not safely get any 15 mgs pills. Is it safe to cut timed release pills in half? Please tell me your story of success or failure.
My boyfriend has been told that he is allergic to acetaminophen( it causes him to vomit blood) so my question is what would be safe for him to take OTC for headaches and cold relief? Also how do I convince hospital staff to stop giving him morphine for the same reason...it makes him sick?View Thread
For the past 3 weeks I've been in pain. And it moves around. The first week it was my left arm. My pinky and ring finger went numb a lot and there was pain on my arm, after a week it was gone. The next week it was pain next to my neck and my elbow had pain and so did my wrist. Next to my thumb there is pain. This is the third week and I still have the pain on my wrist and thumb but now I'm sore on my lower back. I find it very weird because things don't happen like this so young people. I'm 13 years old and I told my dad about it. But he says it'll go away. He also has a history with peripheral neuropathy. I'm wondering if it's hereditary. But what do you suggest I have. I'm going towards Tendonitis. But I need expert help.View Thread
I fractured my coccyx 2 years ago when I was 12 and again when I was 3. Since the last injury I have been in chronic pain. I will be very brief as I am getting tired of telling the entire story. I have been to many doctors but none have given me a solid explanation for why I am in so much pain all the time. I went to one of the best orthopedic surgeons around who made me feel like something between a liar and a lunatic. He just said that teenagers spend too much time on the computer and that's why I have pain as do most other teens. The doctors before said I have minor scoliosis and two fractures next to each other as well as sciatica. I have been given anti-inflammatory medicine, pain killers, physical therapy and bed rest; none work.
My mother seems to have lost hope and the teachers at my school all think that my pain is made up. If it is then why have I joined 4 communities on this site alone in two weeks for help?
I just really want some help with the pain, please. The pain is non-stop but intensifies with movement. I try my best to carry on with life as normal but it's impossible. Everyone around me either cannot find a solution or thinks it is made up. Please, it is not. I know you cannot diagnose my condition, I do not expect you to. I only want to know what works for all of you.
For several years now i have been experiencing brief chest "cramps". They start in the base of the sternum as what feels like a strong contraction (like someone has reached inside me and is trying to pull something out). It then extends to my bottom jaw where it feels like a pain in my back teeth. Not a sharp pain like a cavity, more like someone punched me.
I experience it once every couple of months. The symptoms last for only 5 minutes or so, then simply fade away.
I was told by my PC that it was acid reflux but there are no symptoms that feel like heartburn.
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