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I hear doctors aren't treating low back pain like they used to. I saw a TV special that said most low back pain is caused by psychosocial issues. Just exactly what does that mean anyway? Do I have back pain because I am a social misfit?13 years 4 days ago1756
I hear that while spinal cord stimulators may help with pain, they have batteries that have to be changed every few years. Is this true?10 years 46 weeks ago1586
I heard it's possible now to have a blood test to see if a certain drug will work before taking it. This seems like a good idea before spending so much money on a prescription that doesn't work. What's the name of the test?11 years 33 weeks ago1717
I heard there's a new way to get at chronic sacroiliac joint pain with new radiofrequency technology. What is this? How does it work? And where can I get it?10 years 1 week ago1852
I hurt my back but my doctor would not give me a narcotic for my pain. He said that it was the clinic policy. Why would this be?11 years 15 weeks ago1634
I just came back from the doctor's for a back injury I got at work. I have a prescription for painkillers that is a morphine-derivative. Should I really take this? I thought these drugs were dangerous.11 years 21 weeks ago1534
I keep hearing about alternative therapies for chronic pain. I have neuropathies in both my hands and feet from diabetes. Would this kind of treatment help me? Where do I go to get it?10 years 17 weeks ago1756
I need a spinal stimulator for pain control. Would it be cheaper to go to Canada and get it? I've heard the cost of health care there is much less than in the U.S.9 years 36 weeks ago1863
I notice in my family that when something hurts, it's always in a big way. Everyone complains of severe aches and pain and in more than one place. Is this some kind of genetic thing? Or are we all just hypochondriacs?11 years 18 weeks ago1529
I notice in the news reports of famous people using and abusing drugs like oxycodone. It sounds like this is a problem for many people, not just the Hollywood types. I've been using this same drug for chronic low back pain. I'm concerned about becoming addicted myself. Can't they come up with a nonaddictive drug that works?11 years 18 weeks ago1829
I notice my 80 year old grandparents are so calm about everything. Even when they are in pain from their arthritis they hardly ever complain. Are all older people this calm about pain and suffering?13 years 1 day ago3413
I notice that when my husband smashes his finger with a hammer, he curses and swears and acts like a big baby. When I dropped a heavy box on my foot, it hurt like the dickens but I didn't rant and rave about it. Do you think men are just more sensitive to pain? Or are men more likely to yell and shout and be done with it. I was still complaining a week later and he never mentioned it again.11 years 26 weeks ago1526
I noticed that there are several different types of questionnaires that doctors can use to try to assess a patient's pain. Which is the best one?10 years 40 weeks ago1671
I read of a girl that doesn't feel pain and it seemed like they (her parents) weren't happy about it. Wouldn't life be so much easier if we didn't feel pain?10 years 14 weeks ago3598
I saw a physician's assistant to find out what's causing my muscle aches and pains. She said I have trigger points and a problem called myofascial pain syndrome. But except for asking me questions and pushing on my muscles, she didn't do any other tests. Should I make an appointment to see the doctor?11 years 45 weeks ago1546
I saw a report that people with chronic neck and back pain also develop kinesiophobia. What is that?13 years 1 day ago1864
I seem to be able to sense when other people are in pain. Some of my friends say that I'm psychic. Is that possible?10 years 17 weeks ago1772
I tend to be an overly anxious kind of person. Now I've hurt my back at work. I'm worried that worrying will make my pain worse. I don't want to end up off work on disability with chronic pain like I see other people. How can I avoid this?12 years 28 weeks ago1579
I think my father has gone off the deep end. He's quit taking all his arthritis medicine and says he's going to try naprapathy instead. We've never heard of this treatment. What's involved?11 years 14 weeks ago1647
I took an on-line survey that was supposed to help a well-known pain clinic understand my pain and help design a special pain management program just for me. The test took all of 90 seconds. How can they possibly have enough information to know what I need?9 years 18 weeks ago1706
I tried taking methadone for my addiction but was switched to a different drug, buprenorphine. This drug seems to be working for me and I take it every day. The problem is, I wrecked my knee and am supposed to have surgery. How can I convince the hospital staff if I really have pain and they won't think I'm just wanting the drugs?11 years 2 weeks ago1538
I want to go for acupuncture for my back pain. How does acupuncture work?11 years 4 days ago1608
I was part of a study giving chronic pain patients a survey to find out about our pain. It seemed like many of the questions were the same, just asked a little differently. Are these trick questions to see if we answer them the same each time?13 years 1 day ago1647
I was recently tested for psychologic problems related to my chronic low back pain. The test showed I am seriously depressed. But who wouldn't be depressed after months and months of back pain everyday?12 years 7 weeks ago3173
I went to a chronic pain clinic for help with constant headaches and neck pain. One of the treatment options is acupuncture. Are there any side effects from this kind of treatment?12 years 9 weeks ago1533
I went to a pain clinic for an evaluation of my chronic low back pain. It has progressed to the point that I can no longer work and I love my job. I'm a museum curator and I have to stand on my feet all day. I just can't take it anymore. They mentioned doing some kind of radiofrequency treatment to my nerves to cut the pain. How does this work?9 years 50 weeks ago1685
I went to my doctor for new symptoms of shoulder pain. She wants to use the wait-and-see approach. She says most shoulder pain goes away by itself. Is this a standard way to treat this problem? I'm a little dubious.13 years 1 day ago1649
I went to see the nurse practitioner at our local clinic about my neck pain. She didn't really ask me about anything else. Should I have mentioned my shoulder, back, and elbow pain, too? I thought about it afterwards and wondered.10 years 27 weeks ago1688
I work as a nurse in a day-surgery clinic. People come in for all kinds of procedures that don't require an overnight stay. I don't ever see them afterwards. But I wonder about some of them and how they do in their recovery process. Is there any data that shows whether the patients who are so fearful recover more slowly than the easy-going patients?10 years 10 weeks ago1722
I'm 52 and things are starting to fall apart. First I had neck pain that wouldn't go away. I finally got rid of that, and now I have shoulder pain on the other side. Is there any way to tell if this will eventually go away too?13 years 1 day ago1901

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