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There is a lot of talk about getting addicted to pain medications. I take high doses of medication because I hurt my back a while ago and it hasn't healed. What are the signs of addiction?11 years 26 weeks ago1414
I've read about cognitive therapy for people who are having a lot of pain. How does this work?11 years 30 weeks ago1453
What are the medications that can be delivered with an intrathecal pump?10 years 35 weeks ago1460
My mother had CRPS and then developed strong spasms and contortions in her hand a few months later. I read that this can happen after CRPS so shouldn't this have been prevented?11 years 19 weeks ago1462
I'm going to be seeing a pain counselor to start cognitive behavioral therapy. My doctor thinks this is a good way to decrease the level of chronic low back pain I experience everyday. How long does this kind of treatment take to get results?11 years 43 weeks ago1469
My brother suffered a back injury on the job and has been left disabled. He was always such a positive person but now he seems hopeless. Can anything be done to help him snap out of it?11 years 36 weeks ago1470
I've always adopted the philosophy of no pain, no gain. Now I'm in a rehab program for chronic pain patients where they say this attitude has to go. Won't I get better faster if I keep pushing?11 years 18 weeks ago1473
My cousin just came back from the Middle East where he was stationed with the Marines. He seems completely defeated. The family is very concerned. What can we do?11 years 36 weeks ago1482
My doctor thinks I might have a condition called CRPS. She says diagnosis can be very difficult. Aren't there any tests that can be done to confirm the diagnosis? I'd really like to know what's wrong.11 years 24 weeks ago1485
I've been seen a massage therapist for chronic neck pain from a whiplash injury. I notice that while he is doing the massage, I feel fine but afterwards my pain is much higher. What causes this to happen?11 years 28 weeks ago1487
What is intrathecal pain relief and why can it help severe pain if regular pain killers can't?11 years 23 weeks ago1487
What are some of the problems associated with the use of an intrathecal pump? My doctor thinks I should consider one.10 years 35 weeks ago1487
My doctor wants me to see a psychologist. Does that mean he thinks it is all in my head?10 years 30 weeks ago1490
I've been suffering from pain since my car accident a few years ago. My medication doesn't seem to be helping me. Is there anything else I can do?11 years 34 weeks ago1494
Is complex regional pain syndrome really untreatable?11 years 14 weeks ago1496
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 9 weeks ago1497
Is there really any benefit to all that relaxation therapy I see advertised in self-help magazines for people with chronic pain? I've had back pain for years now. I notice as I get older I just don't seem to cope as well as I used to. I don't really have any more pain than before, it just bothers me more.10 years 43 weeks ago1498
We are trying to help our father navigate the health care system after a bad car accident. He's in so much pain from fractured ribs and a bad back now made worse. The doctor has put him on an opioid-based medication. What other treatment is there? We'd like to get him off this drug before he gets addicted.10 years 21 weeks ago1498
Please help me understand what's happening. I broke my arm in a bicycle accident. It had to be pinned in six places. I wore an external device with pins through the skin to hold it in place. While it was immobilized, I developed something called CRPS. Now I'm in rehab. But all of a sudden, my hand is starting to jerk and tremor. What is that and will it go away with exercise?11 years 17 weeks ago1499
My mother fell last winter on the ice and ended up with a nerve injury in her right shoulder. Despite all treatment so far, nothing has worked. Now she's become a chronic pain patient. I notice the doctor keeps changing her drugs. The dose goes up, then she's switched to another drug. Then she's taking two or three drugs. Does this seem right?11 years 30 weeks ago1500
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 17 weeks ago1500
The physical therapist I'm working with thinks some of my chronic hip pain is referred pain. It may be coming from my low back area. How does this work?10 years 30 weeks ago1501
Is it true that children are more likely to get better from a pain problem than adults because children think they can and adults take a more pessimistic view?12 years 1 week ago1502
My doctor has advised that I try taking an opioid medication to help get control of my chronic low back pain. I'm more than a little nervous about getting addicted. What's the longest time I can take these pills without getting into trouble?11 years 37 weeks ago1502
My father is being treated for cancer with radiation and then chemotherapy. I notice he's lost a lot of function just in his daily activities. I can't tell if this is from pain or from other symptoms. Is there some way to get a better idea of what's affecting him so much?10 years 40 weeks ago1502
It seems like whenever I have a painful problem, more than one part of my acts up. First I had back pain. Then my knee started bothering me. Before I knew it, my neck was hurting too. Am I just more susceptible to pain once it gets started?11 years 9 weeks ago1503
I'm having trouble cutting loose from my behavioral therapist. He has helped me overcome a 10-year history of chronic back pain. But I've reached the limits of my insurance coverage. I'm worried I won't make it without him.10 years 42 weeks ago1504
What types of treatments can we give people with movement disorder that appear after they have had CRPS?11 years 19 weeks ago1507
I had carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands and was operated on a couple of years ago. One hand was ok but the other one developed into a very painful disorder called CRPS. Why did that happen?10 years 39 weeks ago1508
Is it possible that some medications are not being approved because some people are non-responders versus the drug not being beneficial?10 years 33 weeks ago1508

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