Is there a such thing as functional pain?

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Azstrait
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   Posted 9/13/2007 11:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a doctor mention this several years ago when I was in the hospital with a serious flare-up. I went to the ER last night and I was sent home with a prescription for 28 percocet and a prescription for Phenergran. I see my GI tomorrow. The  ER doctors always ask " What do you use for pain at home?" and my answer is "I dont usually have this kind of pain unless I have a bad flare-up i.e blockage or something wrong like that." I had a cat scan last night that didnt show a blockage. I had put myself on a liquid diet mostly and had pain that was around a 7 last night. I have had some sort of pain that has been ongoing since last Wednesday and I tried to eat more solid food again tonite because I felt week and shak. I have the bad cramping starting again which is always worse at night. My questions are many, for those who may take narcoctics regularly as control for pain at home aren't your afraid this will mask what is really causing  the pain? I mean I don't want to take narcoctics to be able to eat and such. Should I be able to function with this pain and when is it something more serious? I don't go down to the ER unless I am pretty sick, I.E not able to sleep, eat  etc.  I am hoping it is just a bad flare that will settle down but I do need to eat and I will ask my GI who is wonderful these questions tomorrow too.
42 yrs, diagnosed Crohn's 1988, 2 bowel resections, 1 strictureplasty, 1 botched exploratory surgery, 1 emergency surgery for ruptured ulcer, Remicade every 8 wks, Immuran 100 mg, Protonix


Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 9/14/2007 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I was afraid to take drugs for pain since I don't have the usual symptoms of Crohns. I don't lose weight and I don't run fevers. I have "d" but I also have IBS so I don't know what causes it. I do have fistulizing Crohn's and I was/am afraid I'm masking something if I take meds. The only problem is that my joints hurt really bad and I was having a really bad time functioning because of it. I couldn't use the eliptical at the YMCA or even walk on the treadmill at an incline. Forget the bicycle. Ankles and knees kept screaming at me. "STOP". I started taking cymbalta (an anti-depressant with pain meds) and it has been wonderful. I still worry about masking and I am having terrible tail-bone pain but at least I can work out now.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
 
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
 
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor


JudyK89
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   Posted 9/14/2007 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Pain is a symptom of your disease. If you need pain meds to get through the day, by all means, use them. But that doesn't mean pain meds are all you do.

You and your doctor should be looking for the source of the pain, seeing if you need a different treatment, getting to the bottom of it.

I think of pain meds as temporary until we find out what the problem is and fix it. I don't accept that it can't be fixed, even if it means surgery.
Judy
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


JudyK89
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   Posted 9/14/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to add that I do understand there are certain illnesses and diseases where people have long term, possibly permanent pain like the above poster with arthritis, I just don't think CD should be one of them.
Judy
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


curley
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   Posted 9/14/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I totaly understand where you are coming from and I don't blame you for not wanting to take pain meds neither did I.When I was diagnosed with Crohns I was having alot of pain in my joints.My GI tryed for about three months after being diagnosed with crohns to let him givwe me somthing for the pain and I told him no that if it got to the point that I could not deal with the pain I would let him know.Well after three months I gave in because I just could not deal with it any longer.But I to shared your concerned about pain meds,like getting a addicted and masking some pain as well.So I know where you are coming from.I also agree that if you are having pain take the pain meds there is nothing wrong with this.I hope that you get a handle on the pain.
Curley
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