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Chroni/Back/Leg/Neck&ArmPain

Started by r5350 on 03/04/2010 8:49pm

I Richard am living & have been living with this chronic Back,Legs,Arms&Neck Pain for 11years now & it is very aggrevating because I do not get much sleep at all from the pain & depression.I`m on "Pain" medication with sleeping pills & it`s not enough.
What can I do To get through this "Pain",if you have any advice please get in touch with me to notify me.

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Hi Richard, have you seen a chiropractor? What has your PCP recommended?

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Hi Richard,
I know how you feel I really do I have these problems too, not as long as you .But I take lots of pain killers too, but you know what does help is to do exercise even if it hurts, its hard when you are in so much pain I know. But after a few days you will see some improvement honest the worst thing I find is to do nothin. I hope this helps

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Richard:

11 years is way too long to be in pain, depression & taking all those RX pills.

You don't mention anything about what Dr.s you've been going to.

Have you had MRI's & seen a pain management doctor yet?

Are you pro-active about your pain?

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As previously mentioned; you need a GOOD pain management DOC! Perhaps you are already working with one, perhaps you should also be being treated for the depression and the sleep issues... You HAVE to be proactive in these things, you have to be your own advocate in these things despite the fog of pain and depression you have to move through to get there... I know about this as I have to deal with this myself.. But I now have a "team" helping me... good pain Doc, excellent ortho Doc, excellent therapist, and now sleep Doc... and I am dealing with it all much better...but you have to educate yourself, ask questions and push when appropriate... I wish you the best...

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Dear Richard,

I understand what you are going through - I have had back pain for 20 years. I've been treated with a number of medications, including antidepressants, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and narcotics. I also understand the combination of pain and depression, as I have been suffering from depression longer than pain. Now my neck is acting up. You haven't mentioned what type of doctor(s) you have seen for this. May I recommend a rheumatologist, a neurologist, an orthopedic surgeon, a physiatrist (pain management and rehabilitation medicine doctor), or an anesthesiologist (my personal preference is the physiatrist). Right now, I receive radiofrequency neurolysis, which temporarily kills the nerves that are located within the facet joint (the actual joint of the spine). I'll get 9-12 months of relief from this procedure, and for me it is a god-send! I also take Cymbalta for my fibromyalgia (a hyperalgesia syndrome that amplifies the pain that you feel). I also take a muscle relaxant, and periodically need to take a narcotic. I'm now starting to exercise slowly but surely.

I hope that this information helps you in reducing the pain. See a psychiatrist for the depression if you're not already doing so - pain and depression form a feedback loop, with each making the other worse. Seeing a therapist for coping skills can be enormously helpful.

Best of luck - I hope that you are feeling better soon.

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I will be seeing a back specialist/Sports Medicine Dr. next month.After seeing specialist,I will be seeing a counselor & I`ll also be asking to see a bone specialist unless this back Dr./specialist has treatment for helping rid or ease this "pain"/injuries I am having difficulty to cope with...

If any one has any other advice for me,"Please"do not be shy and get a hold of me.
Sinceerely;,Richard C...

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Hi Richard,
Without knowing the types physicians you have tried, it is difficult for me to correlate my pain issues with yours. I have been diagnosed by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota with having Peripheral Neuropathy (small /large fiber). My lower back, arms, neck, legs and feet hurt rather severely. I attend a pain management doctor once a month. If you are suffering with pain and have not seen (some) neurologist, then you should do so immediately. The longer one waits for the correct treatment for this kind of problem, the worse this will become.

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