Pain Management FAQs

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When I was experiencing a lot of back pain, my doctor wanted to put me on antidepressants. I refused because I wasn't depressed, I was in pain. Why would he suggest that I take that kind of medication?11 years 28 weeks ago1553
When I was traveling in Germany I had a bad bout of muscle pain. The condition has been diagnosed as myofascial pain syndrome. I was treated with physiotherapy and an injection of something called Dysport. It really helped. Should I go back for a second treatment?12 years 4 weeks ago1650
When I was younger, I heard of people taking morphine and other similar drugs after they had surgery or were in a bad accident of some sort. Now my friends with problems like arthritis or back pain are taking these types of drugs. Why are they taking such strong drugs for problems like that?11 years 24 weeks ago1541
When my mother broke her hip, I noticed that it was hard for the nurses to find out if she was in pain since my mother can't talk. Isn't there some way that nurses can tell if patients are having pain?10 years 50 weeks ago1787
When my sister was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, her doctor called it something else - reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome. Does it have two names and what are its symptoms?9 years 3 weeks ago2528
Whenever I go see the osteopath, she always asks me to color in on a diagram where my pain is located. I have trouble with this because it feels like it's in more than one place. I can't really put my finger on an exact spot. Am I so unusual from the average patient? Can everyone else color in these charts?10 years 17 weeks ago1676
Whenever my pain flairs up, I get more anxious, then I feel like the pain is worse. How can I control the anxiety and keep my pain from getting worse?11 years 32 weeks ago1596
Where do you go to get TENS for pain relief? And are there any disadvantages to it?10 years 30 weeks ago1738
Why do some people cope better with pain than others? I read of the term "harm avoidance," but don't we all avoid harm?10 years 50 weeks ago1670
Why do some people have chronic back pain and others do not?10 years 35 weeks ago1659
Why do some people have chronic pain and others with similar injuries or disability do not?10 years 29 weeks ago1764
Why do we have pain?10 years 4 weeks ago1879
Why do women complain so much about pain compared with men?10 years 12 weeks ago1871
Why does my doctor want to prescribe opioids for my chronic pain? I don't want to become addicted.11 years 26 weeks ago1570
Why is it so hard to get people to believe you if you have chronic pain?10 years 29 weeks ago1773
Why is it that studies often seem to contradict each other?10 years 4 weeks ago1761
With all this research on how we feel affecting how we feel pain, why have doctors not yet found out how to treat the pain?10 years 6 weeks ago1641
Yesterday I had a steroid injection into my buttocks for piriformis syndrome. I feel find today but I'm wondering if there's anything I shouldn't be doing.11 years 50 weeks ago1911

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