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Chronic pain


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Playingchesswithpigeons · 11/10/2022 18:28

Hi all, ( a bit drip feedy ) ...

Now at wit's end regarding prescribed pain relief from GP. Pain began suddenly with no injury/prior pain and has lastedn now 3 years. I had a coccyx cortisone injection 18 months ago and was told lower back pain will now disapate, referred to pain management with a multi skilled team, but first appointment was very much relaying " pain is the mind" and potential therapy/personalised physio to help.

I've seen a variety of NHS professionals; extended scope pratictioner/specialised physio/consultant who referred for injection/bowel & bladder specialist and it does relate/affect/compound an other more chronic issue I have with the bowels ( another story ) Bought a new bed, tens machine, gym ball...

Over 3 years I've been prescribed Dihydrocodeine ( just got terrible headaches )
Meloxicam ( no difference )
Gabapentin ( just fuzzy feeling, no diference to pain & now for just 3 weeks Pregabilin ( the last 2 state they are for epilepsy & nerve pain.

I still remain in pain, really struggle with mobility, its hurts all the time, tender to touch, pain killers make me feel drowsy .
Can somebody please recommend an effective pain killer. GP says meds are different for each person, not one fits all. But SURELY there is a known/recommended/researched/most prescribed pain killer I can try.

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Etinoxaurus · 11/10/2022 18:35

Did the physio suggest exercises?
All pain relief comes with side effects. I’d rule out all other treatments tbh. Heat treatment is effective though. At one point I was on Naproxen and Codeine, I’ve got ‘liveable with hip pain’ by building up strength and muscles and heat treatment (hot water bottle)

BryceQuinlanTheFirst · 11/10/2022 21:12

I have chronic back pain.... I am using the curable app to try and beat it. On a bad day coedine is the only thing that helps me but I'm very focused on trying to beat it.

Wish you luck it's absolutely awful

Playingchesswithpigeons · 11/10/2022 22:04

Yes, I've originally been on a course of 6 weeks stregthening of core muscles with a physio. After that, you are just given opportunity to sign up for the local pool/gym. But I certainly needed far more support and every session, left me in bed/agony for at least 2 days after. Because of this was re referred back to consultant, it's been over a year waiting.

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Etinoxaurus · 11/10/2022 22:38

Honestly I do understand and it’s a chicken and egg but do persevere with the exercises. Are you doing the exercises at all?

BryceQuinlanTheFirst · 12/10/2022 07:23

I did 3 very hard pilates sessions a week for two years to build up my strength. Physically it didn't cure my back but psychologically it make me feel so much better as I knew I was strong and doing the best by my body.

Playingchesswithpigeons · 13/10/2022 13:35

Yes, I understand the importance of exercise. I have a running machine that I walk on, I swim and do gentle stretches daily.

It's effective pain relief I need, that will enable me to move/exercise/walk to build core strength, because I hurt every day, in pain for most of the day and it's becoming more frequent I need help to get out of bed.

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BryceQuinlanTheFirst · 13/10/2022 13:38

Coedine and curable are the only two things that help me

Lovemusic33 · 13/10/2022 13:47

I find diclafenic is the only stronger pain killer that doesn’t give me side effects.

AllLopsided · 13/10/2022 14:21

I have hip and ankle pain from accidents and degenerative back pain. My doctors go for a combined medication approach. So I'm on an slow release opiate, a slow release anti-inflammatory, a nerve pain med (Pregabalin) and paracetamol. I have infusions of ketamine and lidocaine and have had a few cortisone injections, which haven't helped much. However I am not in the U.K. but a private system. I get the impression they are more relaxed about prescribing here. Codeine doesn't work for me and I can't take Tramadol due to previous serotonin syndrome. So I'm on a low dose of Oxycodone. Side effects are minimal - fatigue, occasional nausea and a bit of dizziness.

Have you had an MRI? Sounds like you need to get to the bottom of what's causing your pain.

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