... jump at night and ever since the truck wrack that am not the same person ? I know that I have some short term mem lose. This happen five years ago. I do have a Pain Doctor , if it was not for him I think that I wounden be able to walk. It's hard for me not to be able to do the thing I use to do. Well my question is , are there Pain meds that works better then others and since I have to take a lot of meds is there some med that's better long term or are thay about the same ? I really won't to live to see my grandbabys grow up
I'm a Physical Therapist with 26 yrs of experience. Your nerve problem is divided into two categories either Nerve Root/Spinal Cord level (ie: spinal bone spurs, bulging disc, degenerative problem, etc... ) or Peripheral Nerve Blockage (ie: sciatica, bursa inflam, ect). Testing of your specific issue would differentiate b/t nerve root vs. peripheral, for proper treatment. Most peripheral chronic episodes can be treated without longterm narcotic use. Without knowing more info. about the specific condition. I can't really expand on back pain itself. It's just too broad.
As for chronic pain. Yes, it is a serious issue! Pain can tax your heart, & in some people lead to depression disorders if not maintained properly. So as back pain itself, can't directly kill you. The indirect problems that come with it can!
Medication are in two classes immediate release & extended release forms. Immed. type will peak then drop in short intervals, where the extended release keep a more strategic level in your system all day. Studies show keeping strategic low pain level all day is less stressful on the heart, improves functional capacity, & decreased depression overall. As for the type it'll vary by individual chemical makeup. Your pain management physician will supervise which works best. In my medical experience, an extended release with a break through medication is usually prescribed & supervised monthly. Expect often urinary analysis to come with any narcotic regime.
***All individuals should maintain a proper weight level. It decreases joint stress & helps with many other functions within the body. Incorporate flexibility exercises into your daily regime. It'll help your body to absorb external forces onto your structural support sys, at the end of each day. Weekly strengthening exercises, esp core exercises for back suffers. Help support your core/back, & guard against further joint damage(s) in multiple diagnosis. I hope this helps.
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