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?9 years 8 weeks ago2603
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.10 years 37 weeks ago2737
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?10 years 10 weeks ago2889
Can you tell me what is laser acupuncture?8 years 50 weeks ago2902
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.9 years 27 weeks ago2399
Do some people just not feel pain? I see some people able to push through a painful situation, and others who cannot.9 years 3 weeks ago2585
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?7 years 39 weeks ago2999
Does complex regional pain syndrome have anything to do with any other illnesses? Can some illnesses make you at higher risk of developing it?8 years 17 weeks ago2267
Does CRPS ever go away? My mother has it and I can't believe how much pain she has.8 years 23 weeks ago3610
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?9 years 34 weeks ago3117
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?9 years 38 weeks ago2519
For years I thought I had fibromyalgia. Now I find out I really have something called myofascial pain syndrome. What's the difference?9 years 46 weeks ago2715
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?11 years 6 days ago3126
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?7 years 16 weeks ago2214
How are pain and depression connected?9 years 45 weeks ago2720
How can being independent make my pain worse?9 years 44 weeks ago2549
How can I make sure that the acupuncture is safe?9 years 44 weeks ago2538
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.11 years 6 days ago2499
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.9 years 22 weeks ago2582
How can pain be affected by how we think if it's real pain? It's not like we're imagining it.8 years 41 weeks ago2456
How can pain be measured since everyone has a different concept of pain?9 years 29 weeks ago2604
How can phantom pain be managed?8 years 43 weeks ago2596
How can someone who doesn't deal well with chronic pain be helped to cope better?9 years 9 weeks ago2555
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.10 years 41 weeks ago5542
How do doctors decide if a pain is real or imaginary if there's no proof, like a broken bone, or something?7 years 16 weeks ago5449
How does an epidural injection help relieve the pain from a back injury?8 years 41 weeks ago2470
How is learning relaxation techniques going to help me with my back pain? I'm not stressed out. I'm just in pain.10 years 51 weeks ago2565
How long can I take my prescription of Oxycodone without worrying about getting addicted?9 years 39 weeks ago3104
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?9 years 36 weeks ago2490
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?10 years 43 weeks ago4053

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