Pain Management FAQs

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After my knee surgery, the persistent pain that I have has been diagnosed as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. Is it normal to feel like my leg is larger than it really is? I also have to really concentrate to move it sometimes? Is this normal?10 years 15 weeks ago2907
Are people in chronic pain more likely to cause a car accident? I have chronic low back pain. Sometimes I think my driving isn't as good as it should be. I get distracted by the pain. Are there any statistics on this? I don't want to be a statistic on the road.11 years 44 weeks ago3031
At 78 years old, my father has his share of aches and pains. But lately he's been complaining more and more about back pain. X-rays show he has mild spinal stenosis. We think he would do better and have less pain if he would take an antidepressant, not have another surgery. Is it possible that an antidepressant could help?11 years 17 weeks ago3265
Can you tell me what is laser acupuncture?10 years 5 weeks ago3304
Despite having chronic pain for six months now, I'm still working and keeping up. The doctor thinks it might help me to see a physical therapist. But how can they help? I can run 10 miles, pump iron, and keep up with the best of them.10 years 34 weeks ago2731
Do some people just not feel pain? I see some people able to push through a painful situation, and others who cannot.10 years 10 weeks ago2923
Do you know of anyone who has ever been cured from complex regional pain syndrome? I noticed when I went on vacation to Hawaii my symptoms were much much better. Maybe a condo in Honolulu is really all the cure I need. But seriously, what can you tell me about the cure rate?8 years 47 weeks ago3420
Does complex regional pain syndrome have anything to do with any other illnesses? Can some illnesses make you at higher risk of developing it?9 years 24 weeks ago2606
Does CRPS ever go away? My mother has it and I can't believe how much pain she has.9 years 30 weeks ago4044
Ever since my third child was born, I've had constant sacroiliac joint pain. My doctor wants to inject the joint but I'm a little afraid to do this. Is this the right thing to do?10 years 41 weeks ago3443
Everytime I go see the doctor or the therapist, I have to fill out a form asking the same questions about my pain and what I can and can't do. Is this really necessary?10 years 45 weeks ago2830
For years I thought I had fibromyalgia. Now I find out I really have something called myofascial pain syndrome. What's the difference?11 years 1 week ago3045
Good grief. I just came back from taking a very long survey about my chronic pain at a pain clinic. Now my back pain is worse from all that sitting. Was that really necessary? How's it going to help me?12 years 8 weeks ago3478
Here's an odd one for you. My mom had shingles and has lots of pain still. Her doctor prescribed Neurontin. I have fibromyalgia and muscle pain that can make it impossible to move. My doctor also prescribed Neurontin. But we have two different kinds of pain. Then, I read that it's really a drug for epilepsy. What is going on?8 years 24 weeks ago2570
How are pain and depression connected?11 years 4 days ago3084
How can being independent make my pain worse?10 years 51 weeks ago2859
How can I make sure that the acupuncture is safe?10 years 51 weeks ago2897
How can I tell if I am worrying too much about my back pain? I've had it for six months and it doesn't seem to be going away. That worries me.12 years 8 weeks ago2905
How can I tell if my pain is real or in my head? I've had bad back pain for years, but sometimes I think it's just that I'm expecting it.10 years 29 weeks ago2918
How can pain be affected by how we think if it's real pain? It's not like we're imagining it.9 years 48 weeks ago2763
How can pain be measured since everyone has a different concept of pain?10 years 36 weeks ago2921
How can phantom pain be managed?9 years 50 weeks ago2946
How can someone who doesn't deal well with chronic pain be helped to cope better?10 years 16 weeks ago2879
How can you tell if you're addicted to painkillers? I'm taking a morphine-based drug (OxyContin) and I'm worried about becoming addicted.11 years 48 weeks ago5937
How do doctors decide if a pain is real or imaginary if there's no proof, like a broken bone, or something?8 years 24 weeks ago6003
How does an epidural injection help relieve the pain from a back injury?9 years 48 weeks ago2806
How is learning relaxation techniques going to help me with my back pain? I'm not stressed out. I'm just in pain.12 years 6 weeks ago2864
How long can I take my prescription of Oxycodone without worrying about getting addicted?10 years 46 weeks ago3440
I always thought that opioids were the last resort for pain relief. So if I let my dad take the opioids his doctor prescribes, what happens if his pain gets worse?10 years 43 weeks ago2803
I am a checker at a grocery store. I seem to make more mistakes than other checkers while ringing up items. I do have a problem with chronic headaches and neck pain. Are my mistakes from the pain or a lack of concentration?11 years 50 weeks ago4459

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