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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 9/23/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i have been reading thru this forum for the past hour, and must say it really has been enlightening.  I have chronic pain and i see that i am NOT alone in my pain!
i am a 5 yr Breast Cancer survivor.  Never had one problem with treatments.  In 1997 i was dx with type 2 diabetes.  i was a bad diabetic, didnt do what i was told, and in April of this year i was hospitalized with Diabetic Ketoacidosis.  I was told i was one day from death.  Since then i've lost 70 lbs, and my diabetes is in wonderful condition!  BUT since being released i've had severe back and side pain.  the side pain was like tingly, it hurt to be touched, awful.  after MRI's, Xrays, Ultrasounds, it turns out i have Degenerative Disk Disease. I cant remember right at this time which part of the spine it is, just at the bottom. Lumbar maybe?  (sorry)  I'm on cymbalta for the nerve pain and MS contin for the back pain.  it sort of helps but hmm, not really.  Then just last week, i had SEVERE back pain in my mid back. i couldnt walk, no pain med helped.  the doctor gave me a short to deaden the pain and reduce inflamation.  i got an xray and turns out i have arthritis in my spine.  I have a call into the pain management doc to ask what to do about meds, because 1 MS Contin and one Percocet every 8 hours does NOT help! 
anyway, this forum seems like a great place.  i hope i posted this right :)

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 9/24/2007 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi JennysMom--Glad you found this board--I have found this one and one called Healthboards.com to be an invaluable resource for all types of information regarding pain management, medications, PT(physical therapy) and alternative treatments.  Congrats on beating breast cancer and getting your type 2 diabetes under control.  Sounds to me like you may need a medication change--although you should always give new meds a chance to work and get over the side effects--generally at least a week and 2 weeks is probably better.  Don't forget that if you take opiate meds for pain, that your tolerance will build up--meaning that it will take more of the same med to reach the same effect.  Most people on this and the other boards have back issues--I do not--mine is chronic pancreatitus, but still these boards are a great resource--I am fairly new myself, but wanted to welcome you--Take care--Roger
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   Posted 9/24/2007 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jennysmom! And welcome to our family!! Glad you found us too. I'm sorry you're having so much pain. Hopefully the pain clinic will get things under control for you. Keep us posted...

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