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  • 1 hour ago

    Is the VA treating me right?

    I've had back issues since the early 90's. In the early 2000's I started having issues with my hands. 2010 my legs started giving me issues. I previously had private medical insurance but in 2010 I had to go to the VA for the 1st time. After 2 years I changed to another facility. Early 2016 I was having serious issues with pain in my left leg and groin and mobility was becoming limited. Early 2017 I had 'decompression' surgery of L1-3 and was told L4-5 had become 'calcified'....
  • 2 hours ago

    Sprained Ankle

    Back in September, I was walking on uneven ground and tripped. My left ankle twisted all the way backwards before I landed on it, making matters worse. It was excruciatingly painful and I spent about the next ten minutes flat on the ground before the pain just flat out disappeared. At first I thought that I'd just misinterpreted how bad I'd actually hurt it, so I got up and continued on my walk, which was a bad idea because after about thirty minutes, the pain kept slowly creeping back up....
  • 15 hours ago

    Hair Follicle Test vs. Urine Test - Hydromorphone Metabolites

    Hi. I am a chronic pain/Fibro patient taking MS Contin and Oxycodone under a pain management contract. I have been a patient of my current doctor for 15 years and have submitted to several drug tests during that time. I have never seen the results of those tests but this time around, for whatever reason, the results were posted to the patient website. I see that I have a confirmed positive not only for Oxycodone and Morphine, as I should, but also for Hydromorphone (which I have looked up and see....
  • 20 hours ago

    Sciatica?

    I'm going to see a specialist tomorrow to get a diagnosis, but I think sciatica is what I have. I've tried back exercizes, prednisone, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naprocin, lyrica, gabapenton. I hope there's something to relieve the pain, because it's getting harder and harder to make it through the work day. The only thing that helps now is to lie flat. I come home & go straight to bed. I can't take walks in the woods or even stand up in the kitchen & cook, let alone clean....
  • 23 hours ago

    Walgreen Shorting Prescriptions

    Wondering if anyone else is having this problem. Walgreens has shorted my wife's & I's pain medication for the last 3 months, 10 to 15 pills. Walgreens denys this even with the pills counted in front of the pharmacist!! Came to find out from one of my nurses that the same thing is happening to her husband at a different location. People in my support are also having this issue and not only with pain medication but with their BP medication as well.
  • 23 hours ago

    Tarlov cyst

    Ive had bad backpain for years now and me and drs have thought it was sciatica but turns out i have a tarlov cyst.. i go back next wednesday for another mri. I am in so much pain constantly it makes.me.sick but he refuses to prescribe pain meds. Idk what to do.. i dont want to lose him as a dr bc i love him to death but im.in constant pain. Ive been taking meloxicam which helps a little but not really. I have 3 young children and a job where i am on my feet. I cant deal with this pain 247 when i....
  • Chronic nerve pain from shingles...any new treatments known?

    I have had shingles nerve pain for over a year now and am wondering if anyone knows of any new treatments for it. I am on gabapentin and lidocaine patches which help, but don't totally relieve the pain.
  • 30 years of constant chronic pain

    I never discuss my situation with chronic pain. What has motivated me finally is the so called opioid "crisis". I have been through every treatment from pt to biofeedback to hydro therapy to whatever the particular treatment de jour This all began with a bizarre accident. (which I will not go into at this time) Finally after years of hell including 6 surgeries with 2 more scheduled for this year, MDs, including surgeons and other assorted specialists, decided that the only way to give me....
  • 4 days ago

    Post-burn injury

    I got a 2-3 degree burn from spilling boiling coffee and water on my arm/wrist/hand about 4 months ago, it cleared up and was better about 2 months ago and the was out of the bandages and all. I recently re-burned my hand and part of my wrist last month, so I had the whole thing rebandaged again (doctor's orders). I took the bandaging off a couple of days ago, and went driving, the sun was directly on my burn for about less than 5 minutes, and starting to feel a burning sensation. I immediately....
  • 4 days ago

    Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

    I was recently discovered a bump on the back of my heel that made it painful to walk normally and saw a nurse practitioner about it. He diagnosed it as bursitis. I was suggested NSAID's like Ibiprofin but i took 400mg recently and the pain persists... Any suggestions?