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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 1/17/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi i'm new here, 42, in pain 24hours a day 7days a week.
Scoliosis 5 degree deviation only,with forming osteoarthritis pain in upper back, constant fatigue feeling and burning sensation.
Also diabetic,
Sciatica in left leg down to toes due to a back sprain that never healed properly.
I take Ibuprofen, acetaminophen and topical creams to ease the pain, but they dont work.
Thyroid is also slow, take medication for that
Now its antidepressants for anxiety, and sleeping pills to sleep at night.
Still working full time but dont know how long this will last since i am turning in a real pain for everyone around me and even my memory and moods are terrible.
Broke my toe 2 months ago exactly where there is a burning sensation from the sciatica...it's not getting much better, pretty limited with the exercise.
What now, I see my doctor who always downplays everything as if i'm complaining for nothing.
If anyone has any suggestions to help me i'd be glad to hear them

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 329
   Posted 1/17/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
First I want to say Hi and welcome you to Healingwell, while it is never the best of circumstances we meet, you will find kind and compassionate souls here that will support you without question and that support is invaluable to learning to cope with chronic pain (at least it has been for me)

My first suggestion for you is to find a doctor who is willing to listen and treat you. That is what we pay them for but all too often they forget that and get the "god complex" and forget that their patients are real people with real problems.

My second suggestion is to come here frequently. We are a great bunch of people who are always willing to bend a shoulder when things get a little rough (and thats coming from me, the cranky one :-) )

Take care,

Hysterectomy at 25

4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

Cervical stenosis in C3 & C4



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New Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 1/17/2009 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much, I see we have things in common such as our backs and laparoscopies. I wish you well too.


Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 1713
   Posted 1/17/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well. As already stated, you will find many compassionate and caring and knowledgeable people here. I'm glad you posted and am sorry for your plight.

Inpain, perhaps it is time for some stronger medication to help you with your pain. Hav eyou ever thought of seeing a pain management specialist and trying something else for your pain management? 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to be in pain in quite unreasonable and you don't have to keep yourself there. Give it some thought.

God's blessings and gentle hugs.

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Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 1/17/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I also want to welcome you to the HW chronic pain forum. You're already getting some good advice. Most of us have been through so many procedures and doctors it makes our heads spin so it's not that we get the stronger pain meds early in the process.

I definitely would seek a specialist in pain management, or a pain management clinic. Not sure if any physical therapy or similar things have been tried yet, but it would be a shame for you to stop working only because you didn't get good pain management. Your insurance and doctor's policies may dictate whether you need to get a referral from your PCP for the specialist, but I think that's the best direction for you to help with your pain.

And as others have said there's great support here, although we're not doctors. There's also a lot of information on old threads.



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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 16787
   Posted 1/17/2009 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello InPain and I too would like to say welcome to HW. So sorry to hear of your plight with the pain not being under control. Lindaloo gave you some great advice. Many of us turn to pain mgt as most PCP's are not willing to take care of a pain patient very long. They do not like to give anything beyond Lortab/Vicodin but for a few short weeks in most cases and in some instances they will not even offer that medication.

I agree it would be a terrible thing to have to quit your job because of pain not being controlled. I would go back to my PCP and see if he will ref you to a pain mgt specialist. Good luck and let us know how things turn out..... Susie

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3089
   Posted 1/18/2009 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Deargodiminpain,

I also want to take a moment to welcome you here to HW. As the others have said, you will find this a wonderfully supportive board. If you stick around, you will learn a lot from the others here about how to cope with your pain & your courses of treatment.

I'd agree with everyone that you should look into getting a referral to a pain management specialist. They will be able to offer you many different courses of treatment, such as pain relieving nerve blocks & other injections. In addition, they are generally much more knowledgeable about pain medication & other medications used to treat pain conditions, than your typical physician. Although some pcps will take control of their patient's pain management, many, perhaps the majority, are not comfortable with this, which is why they are not always willing to prescribe pain medication. It would definitely be worth seeking out a PM doctor, who can help you to find a course of treatment that works best for your particular situation, which may or may not be pain medication, in combination with other medications and treatments. If you can find something else that works, go for it! As those of us who take it can tell you, pain medication unfortunately is not a cure-all. It comes with its own problems, which is why it is often used as a last resort.

Good luck! Make sure you explain to your doctors exactly how your pain effects you & your life. Hopefully you will be able to find a doctor willing to listen, and a treatment plan which helps reduce your pain & to help you function better! Keep posting & let us know how things go.


Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1037
   Posted 1/18/2009 4:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I would say that I am glad to meet you, but I wish it was under very different circumstances. Pain in any form is miserable. Nothing will evr get rid of all of our pain, but why should we suffer? There are medications out there for us to take...and unfortunatley not a great many Dr.'s that are willing to give them.

Pain Management is your best route...Some of us have had to go to a few Dr.'s just to finally find the right one...so don't be discouraged if the first one isn't the right one...Because when you do get the right one it is wonderful....


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Hemi-lamenectomy, Spinal Fusion

120mg. methadone daily, 60mg. oxycodone daily


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