hello, i'm writing for help for my father. he has diabetes, which is mostly under control, but i'm writing...
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hello, i'm writing for help for my father. he has diabetes, which is mostly under control, but i'm writing for the other ailments he has that most doctors have written off as mysterious and no cure. he suffers from: tinnitus; leg cramps in his calves - only when driving; burning skin on his thighs, elbows and arms, due to taking Gavapentin (when the doctors thought he had neuropathy in his legs); and, pressure headaches - only on sides of his head. for the headaches, he can't take Excedrin because it gives him stomach problems. if anyone is also suffering from any of these or similar problems, please let me know how you are dealing with it. we are at the end of our rope! thanks.View Thread
I find that when you tell people you suffer from chronic pain, they make many assumptions. I tend to be more...
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I find that when you tell people you suffer from chronic pain, they make many assumptions. I tend to be more careful as to whom I share what my pain entails. I have diagnosed with fibro, however it seems then everyone assumes that you are depressed. I have polyarthritis and five artificial joints. I have two large dogs and two teenagers. I do not get much support from my ex-husband and he still makes very rude and humiliating cracks about my being on disability. I use a wheelchair and walk with a cane. My former mother-in-law is forever blaming me for her son's problems. She makes conintual remarks to my children. So the psychological barriers to me are the most difficult to break. When people around me sound petty, I try to educate them about assumptions. I had to go to a food bank when I could not work and had no income. It is unfortunate that have a disability or a handicapping condition in our culture is still considered a stigma. I have a doctorate and feel very guilty about not working and it is still most significant loss for me. I will tell you that I have never worked harder in my life to have a life and make the most out of this wacky body. I have to look at it like I am driving a tank and that I can only go where my tank will go and use it to my best defense. My brother a retired veteran, taught me that!View Thread
In early June I was diagnosed with cervical sprain post MVA end of May and was prescribed an NSAID, muscle relaxant and PT. I seemed to be recovering until....
About a month later I was experiencing numbness, tingling and pin and needles thru-out my upper extremities plus headaches (progressive neurological symptoms). My ortho ordered an MRI with showed 3 cervical herniations with stenosis . I f/u with the ortho when the results were ready. He recommended an EMG, neuro consult for the headaches and to f/u with the spine specialist. The latter freaked me out b/c I feared the spinal surgeon would automatically recommend surgery. My ortho doc also said to continue PT.
In the end of July I felt pins and needles at my lower extremities. In early August, I finally got an appt to see the neurologist who ordered an MRI of the lumbar spine which showed disc herniation in two locations with impingement. He performed the EMG and NCV both were positive and indicative of carpal tunnel syndrome and pinch nerves in the upper and lower extremeties. The ENG confirmed vestibular neuronitis and BPPV. The neuro said to continue to PT.
In third week of august the headaches which I thought were improving with traction and PT, were becoming chronic and all day with no breaks and no relief from the NSAIDs. And I was experiencing shoulder and upper arm flares (burning pain and pins and needles)which lasted longer than a few minutes .
The neuro gave me a stronger oral NSAIDs to take daily and an NSAID cream which has helped tremendously. I still feel heaviness and pressure in my head. Pins and needles do come and go but I have not experienced a flare. The neuro guy said to continue PT.
The following week I saw the spine specialist, who said 80% of patients improve with conservative treatment but are not necessarily 100% better or back to "normal" He said 20% of patient get progressively worse. He said to continue PT and to f/u in two weeks. Practically the following day I experience lip numbness.
I believe PT has helped with my neck ROM. I am not as stiff. Since I've been going I wonder if PT has maintained neck ROM or have I already recovered. However, depending on my neck positioning, I feel discomfort, pin and needles. Regarding my lower back I feel pins and needles and a constant dulling and heaviness. The pins and needles concern me more than the lower back dulling ache.
So thats my history up until now. My question is based on my history is PT futile or is it worth it to continue. The spine specialist said that NSAIDs and PT will only provide temporary relief. And only time will tell whether how significant is my recovery.
What is your personal experience? I may consider ESI so I don't have to take NSAIDs on a daily basis, but I am freaked out . I look forward to all comments and or advice. View Thread
I am into my 9 mo. after having major surgery. My surgeon placed a Brace in my back and then fusion's grow into BRACE..............
The brace has 2 bars on each side ( left & right ) anf then a top bar. They used screws - painful because I feel it, and they did 4 fusions. I know it was L4 - L5, but the other's I can not recall. They pulled my spinal cord back into place due to my disc's rubbing on spial cord for yrs. Also some degererited all disc where bone on bone. So much more was done in the 10 1/2 hour's of surgery. Currently, my P.A. who works w/ surgeron is starting to tapper me off one of my pain meds ( not doing well w/ that ) then I insitied for a pain med, and he gives my low dose of OXY/325 tylenol. I see my P.A. at the spine clinic next week, due to having to do a cat-scan because they are worried about something. When I go next week I honestly feel like I amgoing to blow too much steam at him. Still cannot wash my laundy, dish's, vacume, bathing ( even though I have a shower chair, and take off shower hose) I have days that I am in bed for 7-9 dyas do to pain. Two mo's ago my X moved in to help ( we were not married, but togeather for many yrs ) he helps, but also has a F.T. job M-F,
After all that venting, is anyone experincing what I am going though? Is anyone using differnt kinds of pain mgnt.? I'm bad have not been doing my re-hab, P.T. due to sleeping too much, and my painView Thread
Is there anything that help with the pain? I have 600mg ibuprofen and tramadol ( a few) ice just numbs it and heat just fades away. Any health remedies that can help with pain. I miss being active and sleeping good. The pain comes up randomly from dull aches to sharp pain that hurts when trying to breathe and just recently it lasted for 15 minutes. What can I do? I am 22 yrs old and I miss coaching and playing around with my younger sisters.View Thread
Researchers at Stanford University, California, conducted a longitudinal, MRI study examining 10 individuals with chronic, moderate-to-severe, nonradicular low back pain who were administered long-acting oral morphine (MS-Contin) daily for 1 month [Younger et al. 2011>.[a name="more"> Brain imaging was conducted immediately before and after the morphine administration period, and a third time at an average follow-up of 4.7 months. Similar imaging was conducted on a separate group of 9 subjects with chronic low back pain, receiving a blinded placebo substance for the same time period, to serve as a control group for determining if any brain changes might occur that were not specific to opioid administration.
Results reported in the August 2011 edition of the journal PAIN indicate that 13 brain regions in morphine-administered subjects evidenced significant volumetric change, and the degree of change in several regions correlated with morphine dosage. Dosage-correlated volumetric, gray matter decreases were observed in limbic areas, primarily in the right amygdale. On the other hand, dosage-correlated volumetric increases were seen in select limbic and cortical structures: the right hypothalamus, left inferior frontal gyrus, right ventral posterior cingulate, and right caudal pons.
Prior evidence has demonstrated that chronic pain itself influences important changes in brain structure and function. In this current study, significant changes were observed in brain structure attributable to morphine administration. But here is the most important question for further research: Were these morphine-induced brain structure alterations potentially harmful or, equally likely, of benefit in helping to reverse the neurobiological damage of chronic pain and returning the brains of suffering patients to a more normal state?
While the authors imply that these neuroplastic changes might be detrimental, it seems equally likely that long-term opioid administration restores the pain-altered brain to a more normal, healthy state. Thus the increases in limbic matter in select limbic and cortical structures: (the right hypothalamus, left inferior frontal gyrus, right ventral posterior cingulate, and right caudal pons) might be the brain's way of compensating for the decreases in other limbic areas.
Much more research, using much larger groups, is in order. At this point (and we can only guess), the brain changes from chronic pain appear detrimental; but the changes from opioid administration may be both detrimental and beneficial. The body has miraculous recuperative capacity, perhaps expressed with the greatest complexity within brain structures. Thus a decrease in one part of the brain that correlates with opiate administration may well be compensated for by the brain's new increase in another structure.
I am starting a blog for anyone who has back pain or chronic pain like me. I am hopping to get alot of...
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I am starting a blog for anyone who has back pain or chronic pain like me. I am hopping to get alot of members and to create a place for support, ask questions and receive guidance from others that have been through this. Please everyone join so others can have these resources. The web address is http://painpartners.blogspot.com .View Thread
I had hand surgery over 1 1/2 years ago and the pain after the surgery never went away. I have constant burning and tingeling pain in my right hand and arm now all the way to my shoulder. I have no use of my thumb and constant pain in my four fingers at night I have muscle spasms. The pain is always at its worst at night. I am tired and want to sleep but I tread the night time. I am on Lyrica,butrans,nucynta,amrix. I just started the butrans patch and it does help me in the morning to be able to move a little bit better than before. I hate how my pain has totally controlled my life. I was a active person and now I want to go out and do things but it depends on how much pain I am in. I try to be able to follow through with my comitments my sons sports as best as I can. I am am very lucky to have a family who is trying to understand, and friends who are also trying to understand. I guess it is hard for them they can not feel the pain or see it only in my face as I struggle to do my very best.View Thread
I have had this disease for six year's.I have found going to a local pain clinic for classes in pain managment.I only learned one thing in those classes ,but it was the most important thing in my life now.I am no longer able to work.My mind doesn't work the same way any more.All of this started in my left foot over the years it has spread to every part of my body.I can feel every painful heart beat and every time my lungs fill with air I feel it.I am not the type to ask for help so I didn't. I learn that a form of meditation and using my dog as a therapy dog I have a little of my life back.I don't use alot of pain pills i use the power of meditation and the shear will to survive.I refuse to sit quitley while my body gets taken over.I find a heathy dose of anger at the disease works well too.lol We will not in my life time get the respect from the doctors or the public we deserve. Expect the you don't look sick comment alot.Just consintrate on yourself and forget the others,it will be the only way to survive.You will need all your energy to control your pain.I have good days and bad but I am still better of than alot of other people.That is something I never forget.Keeps me humble and prevents self pitty.Oh and social securty does take rsd or crps as a disability. Hope this helps and I am always here to listen....View Thread
Currently available treatments for chronic noncancer pain are unable to alleviate pain or restore functioning in a majority of patients. Those observations, from a new series on pain appearing in The Lancet, highlight large gaps in the evidence base and call for more research to assess the effectiveness of combination therapies to relieve chronic pain, while ensuring that patients have realistic expectations about pain relief.
The authors conclude that, despite important advances in understandings of the mechanisms underlying pain and a growing range of treatment options, overall effectiveness remains inconsistent and poor. "Of all treatment modalities reviewed, the best evidence for pain reduction averages roughly 30% in about half of treated patients, and these pain reductions do not always occur with concurrent improvement in function."
Because current treatments by themselves provide only modest improvements in pain and physical and emotional functioning, future research should focus on the effectiveness of combining various treatments; such as, combinations of several drugs, combining drugs with physical treatments, and pharmacological combined with psychological treatments.
For the foreseeable future, they note, "people with chronic pain will continue to live with some level of pain irrespective of the treatment or treatments they receive." Therefore, chronic pain management should include a "dialogue with the patient about realistic expectations of pain relief, and bring focus to improvement of function."
A companion editorial to The Lancet series on pain reminds healthcare providers of their ongoing obligation to manage pain more effectively and states the following… [blockquote>In 1931, physician and philosopher Albert Schweitzer said: "We must all die. But if I can save [patients> from days of torture, that is what I feel is my great and ever new privilege. Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself." To help eliminate or mitigate an individual's pain is a privilege that clinicians must neither forget nor neglect.
I found out a few days ago that I have RA, I am just devastated. I also have Sarcoidosis, rapid cycling bipolar disorder and only 30% kidney function due to total renal failure caused by lithium toxicity , I arrived DOA at the hospital just a few months ago and no one has any idea what happened to me. However I am very restricted as far as drugs go.
I want to take dilaudid for my extreme pain, I have an enormous tolerance for drugs so I have to have a good drug. I hate oxycodone,, vicodin does not work - I have had dilaudid with an IV and it was the first drug that not only took the pain away, it really calmed me down but I have no idea if doctors prescribe it ? Does anyone know ?
Started out with pinch nerve in C6-C7 area . Arm was tingling and burning. Then I had shingles and later cellutillus. At that time started space out feeling,headaches, sinus pressures and general aches at different area. Mri,ct and other test showed nothing wrong except pinch nerves. One doctor stated anixety attacks and neurological say "NO". The summer heat is making the condition very bad. After 8 months, I need relief and someone to find my problem.View Thread
know someone with a tooth that is in need of an extraction. the only thing is, he is afraid they're not going to give him anything for the pain or anything to subside the pain because he goes to a methadone clinic. is there anything they can give him besides tylenol or ib profin?
please let me know because hes suffering and doesnt want to get his tooth pulled and hes in dire pain. i hate to see someone suffer, and hes afraid to tell them that he's on methadone because they won't give him anything to take the pain away, or that they'll look at him differently.View Thread
Two months ago I went to a hand specialist because the urgent care thought I broke a bone in my hand. Turns out I didn't and the specialist thought it was tendinitis, gave me a cortisone shot which only relieved the pain temporarily and discolored my skin at the injection point...still is discolored to this day. he then sent me for a split to immobilize my hand and told me to come back in two weeks.....did that and was still in pain so he ordered an MRI to see if I tore a tendon....nothing showed and I was then sent for a new splint to be made. Two weeks later he prescribed physical therapy that did nothing for my pain levels. I will say however that resting it in a splint has helped with the pain level but what frustrates me is that this doctor could not find out what was wrong with me....he suggested surgery to severe the nerve in the wrist for pain management and told me to see an RA doctor. That was two months ago and my pain has since decreased but I do not have full strength back in my hand. I have had the blood test for RA and nothing has shown up.....so who do I see for the lost of strenghth and mild pain now? I am right handed so unfortuately this is my dominant hand we are talkling about......would like to find out exactly what is going on as now you can see my hand bone poking through the skin when it loses strenghth and I'm getting worried. Thank you for any advice you can give me!View Thread
This may sound silly, but to me it really is becoming an issue. My feet cramp. Now from most the reply would be that I'm a big baby and everyone gets muscle cramps. These are not your ordinary cramps. My feet cramp so bad I an unable to do anything besides sqwat and put pressure on the balls of my feet or bend my toes back toward my calves to get relief. They are so bad sometimes I can't even walk. I try and try to stand up and move around the room but it's nearly impossible. Every time I try to stand up they cramp and I find myself swatting in the floor bawling my eyes out. Lately the cramps have been accompanied with numbness and pain up my legs, not to mention a strange crawling feeling on my feet. I had a bad spell last night and my feet cramped most of the night. My husband had to carry me to where I needed to go because I could not walk . It's embarassing to be temporarily crippled by something as small as a muscle cramp. Today my feet hurt and keep trying to cramp, my legs ache and as I sit here I am on the verge of tears. When I walk it feels as if my feet have no tissue and I am walking on bare bones. I've also had numbness in my hands and they quite frequently feel as if they are dislocated, but this is not nearly as big an issue as my feet. I have no idea what doctor to go to. I have other minor health issues such as migraines, chronic dizziness, low blood sugar and low back pain. I am in fear that there is a underlying cause for all of these issues, but I don't even know what doctor to start with!! Any any any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks, Misty PS...I've researched foot cramps. I've tried magnisum, calcium, potassium, natural tonics, warm baths, muscle rubs and etc etc... nothing helps.View Thread
For years, many of us with unrelenting chronic pain have noticed at least some slight congnitive impairment. Our memory seems slower and less accurate. We struggle with congnitive tasks that were simple to perform before the chronic pain. Research has validated this via MRI analysis. An area of the left prefrontal cortex, responsible for cognition, is thinner in chronic pain patients. What we have not known is whether this reduction in brain thickness is reversible, if the pain is successfully treated.
After successful pain treatment, patients exhibited increased cortical thickness in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), which had been thinner before treatment compared with controls. The DLPFC plays an important role in pain perception and its increased thickening correlated with reductions of both pain and physical disability. Additionally, increased thickness in the primary motor cortex was associated specifically with reduced physical disability. In terms of cognitive performance, left DLPFC activity during an attention-demanding task was abnormal before treatment in patients with CLBP but normalized following treatment.
It should be noted that all of the chronic pain patients whose pain was not successfully treated in this group failed show an increase in brain mass at the conclusion of the study. This validates the fact that only successfully treated brains produced reversed (improved) cognitive functioning.View Thread
Thanks for reading. I have been having pain in my left ankle that on a scale of 1-10 can reach an 8. Its gradual. I will be at work (which involves lots of standing) and slowly it gets worse until at the end of the night I can barely stand on it. I have been experiencing this for about a month now and it is definitely getting worse.
I was discharged from the army due to tearing my acl in my right knee. A buddy of mine says the pain in my ankle is probably from compensating and leaning on the left side.
I dont have insurance and the veterans dept tells me i have to wait about 4 months for paperwork before they will see me. I am debating on going into the er to see someone but I really cant afford it. My question is if I wait for the 4 months to pass will I have significant damage to my ankle? And what could this be thats causing my pain?
I registered to this forum because I have nowhere else to ask. I've seen doctors and they don't know what is going on and I've tried researching it myself and havn't found anything.
I started losing weight last year, I admit that I probably lost it much faster then is healthy. Since around the fall of last year I have had a couple of episodes of really intense pain (on a scale of 1-10 I'd put it at a 8-9 the kind of pain that you'd rather just die) and would last a couple of hours each time. Since these episodes occurred late at night and I didn't want to wake up my parents to go to the hospital at first I didn't say anything. Now that I've been maintaining my weight for awhile these episodes actually seem MORE frequent (and they aren't just in the evening and very late at night) but they last far less time (maybe... 30 minutes to an hour?) and aren't nearly as painful (maybe a 3 or 4?)
The pain itself is muscle pain. It feels as if every muscle in my upper body from my shoulder blades, the muscles under my breasts, my abdominal muscles, the muscles in both my upper AND lower back are all cramping up at once. At one time it had gotten to the point where it was difficult to move around and getting hard to breathe because all of the muscles were so tight. While the pain itself has a gradual onset of the muscles tightening: often when it ends it's just a release of the tension all at once with the pain just melting away with the relief.
Nobody knows what it is.
Other then these episodes I'm a perfectly healthy young woman. My neurological functioning is fine, my blood pressure is normal, I've had blood tests done and the only issue was that I had slightly elevated liver enzymes, but not enough to warrant any actual concern. I do have anxiety and depression (which I'm not on any treatment for) but I know for a fact that this isn't psychological pain since it's pretty clear it's not just pain and has an identifiable physical cause. The only problem is I don't know what is triggering my muscles to just... spasm.
While I'm not overly concerned that this is a serious medical issue: I really wish I knew what it was so that I wouldn't have to worry about being in that kind of pain anymore. Even now while I can function during these episodes they are still on the painful side and are nauseating.View Thread
A few weeks ago I saw a pain specialist who specializes in Spinal problems. I have several bulging discs in...
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A few weeks ago I saw a pain specialist who specializes in Spinal problems. I have several bulging discs in my Throasic (mid-spine) along with stenosis. Anyway, he prescribed 5mg of Oxycodone to be taken every 6 hours. I have a follow-up after a month. My concern is I saw a message on his wall that his clinic drug tests. He did not give me one at my first visit but he might my second visit. Now I have nothing to hide because I do not take street drugs or drugs other than what I am prescribed. Here is MY CONCERN. In the past I have bought the 12-panel home tests and everytime I test negative for oxycodone after 12 hours of taking it. Once I went to the ER last year and tested negative for opiates after taking 4 7.5/325 percocets the day before. From what I have read on the internet, if you test negative for the prescribed drug, they will kick you out because they assume you are selling your prescription. HOW CAN THEY MAKE THAT ASSUMPTION??? I do not sell drugs but I always test negative when I take oxycodone. What do I tell the Dr. if he drug tests me at my next appointment? I actually didn't even sign a contract with him but like I said I have heard you are suppossed to test positive for the drugs they prescribe. Does the fact the everything else will be clean at least count for something? I would think their main concern would involve patients taking illegal drugs or drugs not prescribed to them. I will run out the say before my appointment so what do I say if it is negative? Will he take my word for it if I tell him I am taking my medication? Need some advice....... Thanks!View Thread
My name is Rikku, I'm 20 yrs old and I broke my left shoulder/collar when I was 9. And lately I get spasms there, like really painful, omg, it spreads all the way from my shoulder to my neck type pain. It's not like a regular thing, it just comes and goes on its own and it's been going on for about maybe a yr or two. My last spasm was yesterday. All I did was turn around and it hit me. It hurt, all I could do was hold on to my shoulder and wait for the pain to pass. When it does pass, it's like nothing even happened. My arm is fine, I don't feel like I was just stabbed. So I'm just wondering, is it normal to be having this type of pain after breaking bones?View Thread
Today is a bad pain for me. I have a few things wrong with my spine and lower back. I have severe arthritis in both. I had a cervical discectomy which gave me no pain, it was a breeze.
II'm sitting here teary eyed over an RFA I have to have a week from tomorrow. I did not fare well with the 8 shots I had in my neck recently, I found them extremely painful. The pain doc told me the pain would be like 100 times worse and I would be sore for about two weeks. I have to admit, I'm terrified, and do not want to do it.
I will be getting Valium and that is it. He informed me I would experience great pain, and be sore for a few weeks.
To make matters worse, I have no tolerance to pain. I've been through approx. 20 sugeries in my life (only one for my neck and spine),and find I have less tolderance with each one.
Is there anyone out there who might be able to offer some words of wisdom to ease this angst I am feeling? Thank you.
I have had chronic pain for over 14 years now.I am a 24 year old female.These are my symptoms: · Insomnia:Unable to sleep without medication for 5+ years. ( I have tried sleeping without medication multiple times for long spans of time and it always takes a very long time for me to fall asleep.If I can manage to sleep,I wake up about every 2 hours or so and very rarely am able to make it back to bed.) Excessive and Chronic Joint Pain- 1.Hands & Fingers: Can not open things I was able to open just a few years ago (example: any type of screw on cap,lids ect.) My hands constantly ache and I have to clench my hands and crack my finger joints to get any sort of relief.I am unable to do regular day to day activities with out expirencing pain-sometimes a dull "ache" and sometimes a sharp pain in my finger & wrist joints. 2. Hips &/Or General Pelvic area: This is the area that gives me the most trouble on a daily basis,and has lasted the longest.I have had hip pain since I was very young, my first memory of it being when I was 7 years old. The pain is mostly centralized in the hip joint.I feel extreme pain ( I deal with a pain level of a 7 or 8 on a daily basis on a "good" day) in no other way to describe it but "inside" the hip joint. There have been incidents where I can walk the night before and wake up the next morning, go to put weight on one leg or another and my hip cannot support my weight and I collapse. Also, there have been multiple incidents where my hip(s) give me no warning what-so-ever and will suddendly "go out" from underneathe me. My hip joints constantly make an audible "pop" noise which others have heard on multiple occasions,and the popping is always acompained by a sharp pain. 3. Knees: My knee joints constantly lock in place and it is very painful to "unlock" the joint.The only way I have found to make the pain stop ( as with my hips when they "lock"as well) is to force the leg back into a straight legged position.It causes a brief,level 10,sharp pain. I cannot sit cross-legged or with one leg bent under me for any amount of time with out my knees "locking" I also have recently been having very chronic migraines.I have had a headache on a pain scale of a 5 or 6 for almost 6 months now,and it escalates to a migraine occasionally that is joined but a sharp stabbing pain that feels like I am being shocked in my brain.I have also had problems concentrating as well as keeping words in the correct order.I have had many tests,but no doctor seems to know what is wrong with me .I would be greatly appreciative of any help,since this has had a very negative impact on my life.Thank you in advance!View Thread
Recently I've been having pain in my hands when I'm sleeping. I work for Pepsi doing various jobs. I was doing a job requiring the use of a dolly to deliver product to customers. After about a week of that, I started to notice some pain between both my left and right elbow to both my hands while I would sleep. I'm a very deep sleeper and usually don't wake up for anything, but the pain was too aggravating. I've had pain in all four fingers on both hands. Sometimes it will be only the little finger and ring finger that hurt and other times it's the middle finger and my index finger that hurt I've been thinking it might be the nerves that run through the my elbows to my hands. I've been off that job for over a week and was waiting to see if the pain would go away, but at 4:30 this morning I was awaken by the pain.View Thread
Hello, I am 38 years old and I have been having pain in the thighs of both of my legs for about a year now. My doctor isn't sure what it is. The muscles in my thighs feel like they have a million pins sticking in them and then later it feels like every strand of my muscle is being ripped apart like a guitar string and is extremely painful. I have woke up screaming in pain at night. Can anyone give me an idea of what this might be?View Thread
I have been living with severe pain for many years and in 2009 was diagnosed with RSD. I have been on pain relevers since then, but now I've been on the same amount of medication which is 40mgs of oxycontin 3x's a day, 15mgs of oxycodone 4x's a day since aug. of 09 and it just doesn't work anymore. I have expressed this to my pain managment DR and he just says that I am going to be on meds for the rest of mt life and will not raise the dose or anything. Should I switch DR's or what? I just can't have a normal life anymore being in pain every waking moment, please someone give me some advice on what I should do.View Thread
I forgot to say that I am a diabetic and take oral medicine. I also take anti-depressants like cymbalta, trazadone to help me sleep and clonzapame for anxiety. the doctor told me it would help with my sleeplessness but it hasnt help me nohings help so far. im so tired of hurting....View Thread
I have been in constant pain for over 15 yrs now. It seems like it just gets worse as time goes on. I have been told for over 10 yrs now that my doctpr suspects Fybromyalgia but wont ever give me a diagnois. I am tired all he time sometimes I cant even get out of the bed. I have worked for over 30 yrs and soon will be ready for retirement so Im not a stranger to work. If it wasnt for having to pay the bills Id probably not even want to get out of bed because of hurting so much.15 yrs ago when my 15 yr old son tapped me on the shoulder and I hollowered at him saying to quit that hurt. my son said "mom, I bearly touched you." I continued to feel pain and different areas of my body like my shoulders, back,legs, arms and buttocks started hurtin with the slightest touch. I can lay down or be just sitting or standing in one spot for as short a time as 20-30 minutes and Im in so much pain I cant stand it. My muscles and joints also have gotten to were they feel so stiff and can hardly pick my legs up sometimes after Ive been working or getting up from sittng after a little while. I also have this constant pain in my legs. I ask my son sometimes to press on certain places on my leg and it gives me a little relief then it starts hurting again. Over this time period I have had so many pains in my body to start hurting that I dont know wether they are different aliments or just pains from one problem with different symtoms. Please tell me what might be wrong with me or tell me where I can go to get some answers as my current doctors office wont give me any answers.View Thread
I am a 38 yr old female that was diagnosed @ 22 with Bi-Polar 1. I have managed my illness over the years and Im doing quite well now. Finally after all of my hospitalizations, meds, etc. Last Setember I married a wonderful man. He is my 3rd husband I swore I would NEVER get married after the other 2! But, I was alone and never had a serious relationship with anyone after what I went through with my twins father. Ok, rambling now. Anyway, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgias Myositis, Polyartritis and Chronic Pain Syndome. I see my Rhuemotologist regularly. Unfurtunately, due to my extreme med. allergies to a page long list of medications and drug interactions with my Bi-Polar meds my options for treatment are limited. I have been referred to a pain clinic. I am very knowladgable in the medical field, but I am having a hard time understanding these diagnosis. I am declining pyhsically rapidly. If anyone could help me understand my conditions better and maybe give me a prognosis I would be greatly appriciative! Thank youView Thread
There have been variable successes of lumbar-spine fusion surgeries reported in patients with work-related low-back injuries causing chronic pain. But fusion surgery is apparently not the best choice for lumbar pain. A new study proposes that long-term outcomes, including return to work, are actually better without the surgery. At the time of followup, almost all categories of outcomes were worse for patients who underwent lumbar fusion surgery. Just over one-fourth (25.93%) of lumbar fusion patients had returned to work compared with two-thirds (66.62%) of those treated without surgery. Among patients who underwent surgery, 36% experienced some type of complication and 27% required repeat surgery. Furthermore, 11% of the surgical patients were classified as having permanent disability but only 2% of those treated without surgery. Nearly 85% of surgical patients were continuing to take opioid analgesics compared with 49% of controls, and the average daily dose of morphine-equivalent oral opioids taken by surgical patients was higher after than before surgery.
A potentially confounding factor in this study is that the group of legally-represented patients had a poorer retrn to work rate and that time off from work was also a factor. However, taken into consideration, these confounding factors do not account for the significant standard deviation variation among the fusion group.
hi, folks i'm new to this site but long-time acquainted with chronic pain. my peripheral neuropathy is a by-product of an anti-rejection drug i took for a few years about 11 years ago for a lung transplant. after years of every type of pain control treatment possible, i finally got a NSS implant last november 2010. the trial worked unbelievably well. rejoiced at the possibility of a pain-free walkable life again!
however, after 4 months on the stimulator, several adjustments, and methadone 3 times a day for supplemental relief, i feel as though i'm back to square one. feet swell quickly, stinging/burning is apparent from the moment i wake up and walking is again very painful. my neurosurgeon is aware of my disappointment and advised me to continue as is for at least 6 months more.
needless to say, this is very dis-heartening. have any of you had a similar experience to mine, and what is the outcome. DOES the stimulator's pain relief improve as time passes? (btw, the leads have not shifted out of place), supplemental drugs taken? stimulator explanted? next option? any helpful information would be appreciated.
thank you so much. (someone suggested medical marijuana, but its illegal in this state and i doubt jail would improve my quality of life.) tofucookieView Thread
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