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|07-16-2011, 03:08 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bay Area, CA
Non-Narcotic Pain Mgmt Options
I have chronic pain in my neck - and have been prescribed Oxycodone, Norco and muscle relaxants for about 3 years. I'm also taking anti-anxiety meds and ambien. Ugh - I'm done taking all these pills and am determined to get my life back.
For those of you w/ back injuries and chronic pain -- what have you done after you've kicked the heavy pain meds? My doctors wanted to do fusion surgery on my neck - but it's not for me. I'm planning to talk to my doctor about getting regular cortisone shots to help w/ inflamation and pain -- but am nervous about what non-addicting non-narcotic pain options do I have?
I'm trying to get into a rehab program -- but wonder what I'll be able to do to manage pain post-rehab with no narcotic pain meds. Can you share what treatments might have helped for you?
Thank you! : )
|07-16-2011, 08:18 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2011
My mother has chronic pain and has tried many non-narcotic things with varying success.
Accupuncture (sp?) didn't work for her, but claims some success with certain types
Hypnosis - same as above
Cortizone shots worked for a while
She tried something called Prolotherapy which involved injecting saline solution into the source of the pain. This worked amazingly well for her for a couple of years, but eventually, she was just "chasing the pain." (moved from place to place). The procedure itself was very painful, though, and required 48 hours to recover after each treatment. They were 6 weeks to 2 months apart
She opted not to go for the fusion, so can't comment there. She did try the spinal stints but no help.
She's currently got an implant that vibrates slightly (has 3 settings, so 3 different frequencies). The idea is to trick the brain away from the pain. This has been amazing and it has been over a year. She is totally off the Duragesic (sp?) patches and is down to about 2/3 of her prescribed roxy dose (the prescription itself is less than half of what it was). Every couple of months, she has to go in to get "adjusted", but its painless. She loves it and is working on getting off the pain meds.
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