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Also what help is there for long term chronic pain sufferers

widjet2010wwidjet2010 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Chronic Pain
I forgot to mention my history, medically speaking.

Car accident March 14, 2007, in which I was rear-ended in my Ford Focus by a Chevy Suburban who was traveling over 40 m.p.h.

Laminectomy of L6-7 April 2008
Herniated disc at C4-5, awaiting possible surgery. :W


  • Can your doctor refer you to physiotherapy or a pain management clinic? Pain management is a better option for the long term.
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • I would suggest learning about things that reduce your felt discomfort. When you find something, consider putting it in your "toolbox".

    After awhile -you will find a host of things, that help and your can keep going in circles, using all of them. Yes - mine toolbox includes medications, but my attitude is that I use them last, not first. I do not suffer though, that is a choice.

    For 24 years, I used OTC meds. And everything else I learned over those years.

    BTW - Welcome - and look for Ron's "the Blend". It discusses things in about the best possible way.

    I hope yours is reduced! C458
  • Thank you for your post and bringing up a great topic.

    I am nowhere near perfect and never will be but have made some progress in the last year or so in regard to how I view having severe chronic pain back.

    The pain clinic I go to looks at the whole person. They offer pain support groups, interventional pain procedures (injections, etc.), medication management and sessions with a pain psychologist.

    Right now I am working out of mindfulness based stress reduction workbook. I am learning that I have the ability to accept what is happening. That does not change my pain, it does change how I look at it and my life.

    It took 4 years for me to begin to get out of a rut of feeling desperate to "fix" the pain. I now focus more on taking care of myself.

    Hope you find answers that help you,
  • conservative treatments for chronic pain, for example:

    A good pain management programme - very helpful to understand why we feel pain and how we can cope with it (to some extent).
    Different pain medications of course
    Receiving excellent support from your GP
    Chiropractice (though for me personally I would not use one again)
    TENs machine
    Facet Joint Injections
    Epidural injections
    Radio Frequency Ablation
    Specific exercises to build up your core strength
    Electric heating pad and/or FROZEN peas!
    Losing weight
    Buying MBT shoes (5 pairs over 5 years!)
    Support Groups (brilliant for bringing people and personal experiences together and sharing information)
    Getting 2nd or even 3rd opinions until you find a surgeon you trust 100 per cent
    Internet research for you to understand your
    condition(s) better
    Great websites like SPINE HEALTH with informative articles and a supportive forum!!!!!

    I've tried them all and there are still some I've probably forgotten to add. These are just from my own experience, although, as a last resort, I did end up having a 2-level fusion. Still not out of the woods yet, but I'm working on it.

    Hope this helps.
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
  • I think the first thing you need to do is get your head around the concept of long term pain management. Our society says "fix me, now!!" When the doctors tell you the fix will make you worse you need to look for ways to continue living your life in the best possible way.

    I found it took several months for me to get my mind to accept that this is a permanent change to my life. Once you do that you can more fully explore the options.
  • kris has an excellent point. i have had chronic pain almost 10 years. i have accepted it and it is there in the background but i have learned not to let it rule my life. i lead a normal life as i can. i take meds and see my pain guy every other month. i still work and do family things even though it is difficult to get going and to get out of bed with pain. it takes me about an hour to loosen up, then shower, then drive to work. after work go home and lie down then do family things. the sooner one accepts their condition with respect to pain the better for you.
    good luck with your pain and try to look at all things to reduce it.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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