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chronic pain

forevergratefulfforevergrateful Posts: 1
edited 01/22/2015 - 5:35 AM in Chronic Pain
I was in a roll over in 2013 and broke my back in 15 places, my pelvic was fractured and broke left hip. I take a lot of pain medicine and now I feel I am addicted to it. Does anyone have any suggestions on anything else I can do. Oh I do genuinely hurt really really bad.

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
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  • I like to believe that there's always more that can be done (hapless optimist) if you are being treated with nothing but narcotic therapy maybe a new set of eyes is what you need. You don't provide us with a lot of information. I'm sorry I can't offer anything more specific. I have a long list of different things I do to manage my pain & I'm always working on a to-do list with a variety of specialists. Also remember that things are always changing, your body, science, therapy. Try to educate yourself on your conditions & never give-up pushing for help.
    There's a huge difference between being reliant & addicted to meds. What actions are concerning you?

    Maybe we can help more with a little more information.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • So long as you are indeed using these meds for pain reasons...... When the timing is right, take less, bit by bit by bit. Baby steps is the answer. Have you tried heat? A tens machine? ICE? Ibuprofen as opposed to going straight for the narcotics?

    As Ron and Englishgirl have clearly pointed out, we need a bit more info to help you out!

    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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