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Old 11-25-2016, 09:49 AM   #1
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I have Chronic Pain. I have lumbar radiculopathy and spinal stenosis, and suffer daily with spinal and lower back pain. I am also Diabetic and have peripheral neuropathy in my legs and feet. I currently take Percocet for the back pain, and Lyrica for the peripheral neuropathy. I don't know what else
to do to manage my pain. It appears my Pain Management Doctor does not
want me to continue taking Percocet, even though I do not take it every day
and certainly don't take it every 6-hours which is how it was prescribed. I
am on the highest dose possible for the Lyrica which is 300mg twice per day.
Is anyone else experiencing this problem ?
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Old 11-25-2016, 03:40 PM   #2
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Hello Pionus: I'm sorry I cannot reply to your concern. However I noticed this is your first post here on NT. So... welcome to NeuroTalk! I have a ruptured disc in my lumbosacral spine that impinges on the sciatic nerve. So I have sciatica. However I have managed to stay off of medication for it & I do not have neuropathy. I hope you are able to find the answers you seek here on NT.
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:28 AM   #3
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[I too cant stand the pain - taking iburophen for 5 months - am diabetic. Endocronologist said it is messing up my kidneys so I backed off and now am in more pain. scheduled for trigger point injections and my insurance company doesn't feel like paying from a rear end car accident. I could scream - out loud ! brainy
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:27 PM   #4
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Pionus,
I deal with spinal issues, as well as spinal stenosis. I also deal with PN, especially of the legs and burning ankles/feet. My PM has prescribed Percocet, along with Oxycontin which I take daily. I have been using these meds for the past few years. I tried Lyrica some years ago which did nothing for me except felt like bugs were crawling on my legs. I only took the Lyrica for a short time. A few years ago I had a series of Epidural injections but they did help me.

Unfortunately, because of the opioid epidemic, there has been many issues for doctors prescribing opioids. Tho I have lowered my dose a bit during the past few months; still take at least 2 Percocet daily,(prescribed up to 4 per day) as well as the Oxycontin which is time released. The Oxycontin is prescribed twice a day which I do take daily. Even with these meds, I still deal with pain; but they do at least make life more tolerable.

What, if anything, other than the Lyrica, has your PM suggested you take to manage your pain??


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Hello fellow chronic pain survivers! I know at times we don't feel like a survivor. I'm currently using morphine and Lortab 10's for break through pain which I do take as directed. I'm, like all of us, living in a world of pain. My prescription insurance is messing with me right now about covering my Ex's. For years I have used Burtrans 20 patch for pain...Life is so good! I don't know if any of you are using them, I highly recommend them!
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Old 04-04-2017, 11:41 AM   #6
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Tamiloo,

You mention you are currently taking morphine and Lortab 10's for break thru pain. You appear to be recommending the Burtrans 20 patch which you had taken for years. What caused you to change from the Burtrans patch to the morphine and Lortab??

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Old 05-19-2017, 11:19 PM   #7
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Have you heard of hydro massage therapy? It really helps in the body pain relief. Do try it once for your pain.
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Old 10-15-2017, 02:07 AM   #8
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This is sourced from an FB posting - Admin, I hope you will allow this. I have edited & removed any direct references. My heart is breaking for this family and so many more.

A couple months ago our sister committed suicide due to uncontrolled pain. Before for the sake of 'preventing addiction', she wrote this:

To whom it may concern,

I have CRPS/RSD and am currently seeing a doctor that monitors my progress and medications. I was diagnosed in June of 2010. After trying every treatment modality including physical therapy, anti-seizure medications, biofeedback, etc. I was put on OxyContin. After having 8 brachial plexus nerve blocks and 5 lumbar nerve blocks, my neurologist/ pain management doctor kept upping the dosage of it because I was getting no relief and we could not figure out why. He ended up upping the dosage so much I was only experiencing side effects, no pain relief. I decided to leave my pain management doctor at UCLA and seek out another doctor that could find out why I wasn't getting any pain relief. I finally found a doctor that did many tests on me including: Neuroinflamation blood tests, Genetic malabsorption blood work-up. My doctor was able to figure out that I cannot absorb oral opioids due to a genetic malabsorption defect. He put me on a trial of subcutaneous dilaudid. I had experienced instant pain relief and received my quality of life back. I have been on this medication for two years with no side effects. This medication has to be compounded, which my new insurance will not pay for. Dr...... saved my life and given me life back. You must understand that we chronic pain patients cannot be punished for the people that use opioids illegally. None of us "want" to be on these medications, but have no choice. After trying everything, we just want quality of life. The restrictions that are already put in place are making it harder and harder for the legitimate chronic pain patients to get their medications that give them quality of life. Please consider that we are carefully monitored by our doctors and take our medications as prescribed only. We should not be punished for the street abusers that only want a "high". I have never experienced a "high" from my pain medicine. There are studies in the process that have to do with different medications to help us, but it takes an extremely long time to get them FDA approved. In closing, I hope you will kindly consider our circumstances, that we have families, and only want to be able to participate in daily activities without suffering inhumanly. Thank you.

Our sister died directly because of the policies and practices imposed by people in positions of power. Chronic pain patients are dying because of the policies our government imposes to curb the illegal use of opiates. Just because we suffer from chronic, debilitating pain does not make us criminals. We take medications, under the supervision of multiple doctors, to improve our quality of life. Chronic pain patients are being forced to take their lives as their only means of pain management. Please stop the genocide of chronic pain patients!! #PatientsNotAddicts
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Sourced from Facebook- an excellent read and a journalist looking to present with dignity the side of chronic pain sufferers. Admin delete if not allowed or move to a more relevant site.

https://www.facebook.com/chronicpain...55902173834114

Chronic Pain Info shared a link. - Chronic Pain Info | Facebook
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