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Old 01-31-2019, 08:07 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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do you have this? I started this so we can vent to each other. I'll go first:

I have chronic leg pain. I got beat up by a boyfriend a few years ago and i ended up in the hospital. I was in pretty bad shape. My leg was also pretty bad off. It was broken in several places and other stuff was wrong with it. I was supposed to have therapy for it but i couldnt pay for it and the days that were available to go to therapy and have it worked on i couldnt go because i had to work. I was on a cane for a while after that. I got some pain meds for a bit but honestly not a lot, though I did beg for them. They wouldn't give me any pain meds and told me that it might heal on its own or I might need surgery. My leg has never gotten better. It's fine most days but if I walk or am to active for too long it eventually tarts to ache. I have trouble sleeping sometimes because I cannot get comfortable. I can only work four days a week instead of five or six because my leg starts hurting. My walk is normally but if it gets in too much pain I start to limp. It's a hard thing to live with but not much can be done

before this happened i was against pain pills but once i experienced this horrible aching pain i would have given anything for relief.

Do you live with pain like this? What do you do. I figure we can just vent here to support each other.
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Old 01-31-2019, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I exercise and tough it out. I am thankful that my doctor in Denmark does not proscribe pain pills. I have experienced the living hell of addiction and it is far worse than my back pain. I consider myself fortunate to have learned that.
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Old 01-31-2019, 08:47 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I exercise and tough it out. I am thankful that my doctor in Denmark does not proscribe pain pills. I have experienced the living hell of addiction and it is far worse than my back pain. I consider myself fortunate to have learned that.
Iím glad you can manage it! I am scared of addiction so Iím a way I am glad I donít have any pills.
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Perhaps an evaluation by a pain management clinic might be indicated...they determine the best ways to relieve pain after a full examination. It might be PT, meds, even therapy for mental health. They are the leading experts on pain
management. If you are prescribed pain relievers what's the big deal if they help relieve pain?

Isn't that what you are after? I take pain relievers with excellent results and no ill effects. Loosen up a bit on your view of meds.
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Perhaps an evaluation by a pain management clinic might be indicated...they determine the best ways to relieve pain after a full examination. It might be PT, meds, even therapy for mental health. They are the leading experts on pain
management. If you are prescribed pain relievers what's the big deal if they help relieve pain?

Isn't that what you are after? I take pain relievers with excellent results and no ill effects. Loosen up a bit on your view of meds.
Unfortunately the media has scared the crap out of a lot of people thinking if they take an opioid they will instantly become addicted. Doctors - pain specialists, are very cautious with what they prescribe and also the federal government is going to limit what they can prescribe.
For the OP I would suggest making an appointment with a pain specialist and have them review your case and make suggestions.
As a former pain sufferer I cannot imagine how I would have gotten through the past year and a half without the help of my neurologist and pain meds. I no longer need them - thank goodness.
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:11 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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North Carolina has medical marijuana. Consider it.
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:54 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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I have chronic leg pain.....

It's not unusual for things to go poorly after a severe bone injury. Things heal unevenly and that puts a strain on all the joints as you compensate for the altered geometry. Modification of your activities, if possible, can help. Sometimes a lift in the shoe or a brace can help. Strengthening exercises can help.


And sometimes you just gotta resolve to take pain meds. NSAIDS (aspirin related pills) can help but can be hard on the stomach, kidneys & liver. Everybody is different. You may or may not ever get problems. They may or may not work.


Narcotics, especially the "less strong" ones (codeine, hydrocodone) may help and may or may not show side effects. Stronger ones (oxycodone etc) may not really help any more but have a MUCH greater potential for addiction.


Pain clinics often tend to feel they need to keep escalating doses and strength of meds until they declare you are addicted, then unethically refuse to see you anymore. It happens way too often.


You also need a good diagnostic evaluation: is this "just" painful post traumatic arthritis & you're working too hard, or something more worrisome like reflex sympathetic dystrophy? https://www.webmd.com/pain-managemen...ain-syndrome#1
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:00 PM
 
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My wife has SOD (Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction). Can't work, on disability, pretty much constant varying levels of pain. Her daily functioning has been greatly reduced.

She went to a pain management clinic and has plowed through over a dozen medications. Some helped the pain a bit, but the side effects of many outweighed the reduction in pain. I led her to the medical marijuana program. It's not a be all end all, but once you learn about different strains, CBD/THC, Indica/Sativa, etc, it helps manage some pain with limited side effects, those effects being timing of taking THC and wanting to rest versus taking a strain that makes her sleepy when she doesn't want to be.

Although I myself don't have chronic pain I witness it daily. It sucks.
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP: I tough out chronic pain and am much much older than you I'm sure. Started all with lower back arthritis and thru life stuff and joint replacement, pain escalated. I won't take the opioid drugs as I don't fear addiction but the side effects are too hard on my body.

I use otc pain stuff and nutritional supplements and some address pain and as some say "tough it out". I'm hopefully going to get some "mild" bodywork next month from a D.O. I've seen in the past and hoping he'll work out some kinks in my back and maybe have some other ideas on the injections he uses.

I guess for me and it is somewhat of a consolation is I'm retired and can rest a lot, I could never be working in the shape I'm in.

Take care and hope you find some relief. MSM helps me some in reducing pain. I take two good doses daily of the powder in water.

Sounds like your issue is your leg and I would consider some light to moderate massage work on the leg too and get circulation moving.

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Old 01-31-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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My heart goes out to all of you. Just to be clear, I own my approach to dealing with my chronic back pain. I meant no judgment of others.
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