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Experience with Pain Management Clinics?
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    chijessi is offline New Member
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    Hi all, I wanted to get your thoughts on my visit to the Pain Managementc Clinic next week (the 20th of February). I've been on every narcotic and non-narcotic painkiller in the book over the past six years, including a terrible addiction and withdrawl from oxycontin which I will never EVER take again. What I'm looking for is an extended release painkiller that can help with my spinal arthritis and three herniated discs (lumbar).

    My doctor won't prescribe Darvocet because she thinks it's too dangerous to be on the market. This is really distressing,because this was the drug that helped me the most and gave me the least amount of dependency.

    So what should I ask about next week when I go for my evaluation? I'm taking 8 to 10 Norco a day (by prescription) and I think that Oxycodone earlier this year blew my tolerance through the roof and now nothing will work

    GP also said that Ultram is good for extended release, but it's even weaker strength than regular vicodin. I was thinking of asking about the fentanyl patch, anyone have any other ideas?

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    Have you tried sustained morphine release tablets? Like Kadian? Those could possibly help. Just tell the doctor how.. severe your pain is, and they will be likely to find something that helps. And.. you may consider other therapies, such as hypnosis, meditation, or even acupuncture.

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    Unhappy what else is there to help ?

    hello i have also taken just about everything to help with my recent back surgery along with the fybomilaga and nothing seems to work , i dont know what else to do i am 26 yrs old and can hardly get out of bed , i just would like to be able to get up and play with my kids and be in minimal pain . does anyone have any suggestions ?

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    I am going through this same problem with my doctor...I had a horrible knee surgery in 06' and since then i have been on every pain killer known to man and I have tried the over the counter stuff, the only thing I have found to work is oxycodone (Percocet), I went to a pain management clinic and all they wanted to do was give me a pain patch called Lidoderm I believe, which i got hallucinations from and took off right away. The problem I am facing now is that the only way I can sleep at night because of all the pain is to take a pain pill, I have to ask my mother in law for some in order to sleep. I can't seem to find someone to help.

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    We are talking about 2 types of things here....fentanyl patches are very strong pain killers...in patch form. In my experience, these work great to relieve pain but are HIGHLY addictive...there's something about fentanyl....I found myself thinking about the patches constantly after only using the patch for 2 days. Be Careful!

    The Lidoderm is a non narcotic patch that you apply directly to the area with pain. Kind of a numbing sensation....kind of like novacaine for arthritis. My husband uses these patches in conjunction with his narcotic pain killers.

    But again....LOVE the fentanyl patches....a little too much.

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    If you thought oxycontin withdrawl was brutal fentanyl will make that look like a walk in the park. Trust me, don't touch it.

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    If you thought oxycontin withdrawl was brutal, fentanyl will make that seem like a walk in the park. Trust me, don't go there. Try to take something non narcotic if possible.Surprizingly extra strenth Advil works great

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    Hello I'm Tammy i have been going to the CPM centers for just over 3 yrs i first started there when i had cancer as the dr's are not equipped to deal with heavy pain meds!!! The fentanyal patch seems to work great!!! every 3 days to start doesing varies if i wasn't on this patch i would be taking 500mg-650mgs of morphine a day that's alot to swallow!! it's constant relief and there's no forgetting a does and then hurting twice as much!! they seem to be the best way to go!!! and i haven't had to go up no mine in 2 yrs that's amazing!!
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    I have been reading everyones experiences...here is mine.

    I have disk degeneration and have a fusion of my cervical c4,5 & 6. I am constantly in pain with my joints, my ankles, hips, both sides of my rib cage, lower back, neck shoulders.

    I am a career woman, 45 y/o. I am addicted to Norco. I take about 10 daily for 5 years now.

    The doc that did my surgery is a neurosurgeon, he will not give me pain meds.
    My internal med doctor won't give me pain meds. I do go to 2 pain clinics, one of them is very legitimate, the other is a bit shady.

    How do I ask my legitimate pain clinic for the fentanol patch? I really want to get off of this ********************, but I just can't deal with life without them. It is taking a toll on my marriage of 21 years. My husband doesn't approve and Thank God doesn't take them or have a desire.

    One of the pain clinics will give me somas, xanax and norco if I wanted it, I always say no to everything but the Norco. Don't I get some kind of credit for that?

    If I fill the scripts through my insurance, they notify both doctors. I lost a very good pain doctor doing that, I didn't know though. I tried to explain that to the doctor and he didn't care. Had I known that insurance was going to rat me out, I would have flown under the radar!!

    Any suggestions will help, I know I rattled for a while...

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    If you are legitimately suffering from pain, I strongly recommend having your primary doctor send you to a legitimate pain management clinic.

    A legit doctor will listen to your needs and try to find a solution that will provide relief from the pain but not cause disasterous addiction problems or even something that can be just as bad "tollerance".

    I was in an automobile accident a little over a year ago at age 40 that changed my life permanently. The back damage and arm damage has left me disabled by all standards and I was forced to retire. The pain was unbearable. I could not sit, stand, walk or even lay in the same position for more than 30 minutes without being reduced to almost tears. Over the year my doctor has tried everything you can imagine. Morphine, methadone, oxycodone, oxycontin, dilaudid and finally fentanyl.

    When I first started taking these meds, I would get "high". No more. I no longer get any euphoria no matter how much medication I take. The fentanyl patch has done it's job in that I can make it through the day now, but I have never found myself thinking about the patches or any other pain med in a way that would be troubling.

    You will have to sign a contract with the pain specialist that prevents you from using more than one pharmacy or having any doctor other than them prescribe any pain medication, even from an emergency room. A legit pharmacy will call the doctor if you attempt to fill pain meds from another doctor.

    The thing is, it really should not be neccesary. If your doctor has your pain at an acceptable place, continuing to search for more is a bad sign. As I said, I don't need any more than prescribed because I know full well that more won't make me feel any better. Don't get me wrong, I have used pain meds recreationally in the past. They simply so not effect me like they used to. They relieve a majority of the pain, and any more just makes me nausiated.

    The patch is probably your best bet. Just talk to your doctor about it. They won't start you on it unless you need round the clock pain relief and are already taking 100mg or more of morphine per day.

    Good luck finding a solution, and I can recommend a legit doctor in Maryland for those living here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pain4real View Post
    If you are legitimately suffering from pain, I strongly recommend having your primary doctor send you to a legitimate pain management clinic.

    A legit doctor will listen to your needs and try to find a solution that will provide relief from the pain but not cause disasterous addiction problems or even something that can be just as bad "tollerance".

    I was in an automobile accident a little over a year ago at age 40 that changed my life permanently. The back damage and arm damage has left me disabled by all standards and I was forced to retire. The pain was unbearable. I could not sit, stand, walk or even lay in the same position for more than 30 minutes without being reduced to almost tears. Over the year my doctor has tried everything you can imagine. Morphine, methadone, oxycodone, oxycontin, dilaudid and finally fentanyl.

    When I first started taking these meds, I would get "high". No more. I no longer get any euphoria no matter how much medication I take. The fentanyl patch has done it's job in that I can make it through the day now, but I have never found myself thinking about the patches or any other pain med in a way that would be troubling.

    You will have to sign a contract with the pain specialist that prevents you from using more than one pharmacy or having any doctor other than them prescribe any pain medication, even from an emergency room. A legit pharmacy will call the doctor if you attempt to fill pain meds from another doctor.

    The thing is, it really should not be neccesary. If your doctor has your pain at an acceptable place, continuing to search for more is a bad sign. As I said, I don't need any more than prescribed because I know full well that more won't make me feel any better. Don't get me wrong, I have used pain meds recreationally in the past. They simply so not effect me like they used to. They relieve a majority of the pain, and any more just makes me nausiated.

    The patch is probably your best bet. Just talk to your doctor about it. They won't start you on it unless you need round the clock pain relief and are already taking 100mg or more of morphine per day.

    Good luck finding a solution, and I can recommend a legit doctor in Maryland for those living here.
    Yes, I need a legit doctor in Maryland that will prescribe oxycodone for pain,please let me know where and the name.

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    I'm in desperate need of help finding a new pain management physician. I've been online for days looking untill I'm mentally and emotionally exhausted. Until today when I stumbled across this fantastic website. Some of the post I've read I've experienced... Here's my dilema.
    I'm 45yrs. old and was injured 21 years ago in a fall that crushed several vertabre. After years of multiple surgeries that has resulted in nerve damage and a pain stimulator implanted in my back to releave a portion of my pain. I have been seeing my 4th pain management doctor in 13yrs. My 1st retired a year after I started seeing him; the second lost his license due to malpractice lawsuit that put the majority of his patients at grave risk, myself slipped thru that one by the grace of God while others weren't so lucky; my third I absolutely loved because he was fantastic at listening to his patients and keeping them pain free. However, devistatingly to say rehab was in his future; which brought me to my fourth doctor. He too is a wonderful doctor who listens to his patients and does a really good job at making me for one a normal person when pain is a daily part of my exsistance. Unfortunately, after being with him for more than 8yrs he's having to retire to take care of his wife.
    I'm in need of a pain care physician on the eastern side of Oklahoma. My current doctor is out of Oklahoma City, but I travel from Arkansas to see him. So, Tulsa or anywhere closer would be great. Anyone that has a suggestion or advise please send me a message.

    Thanks so much.

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