• 4 months ago

    chronic back pain

    chronic back pain for the past 15 yrs with every conceivable treatment experienced. the only thing that seems to help is hydrocodone, taken very sparingly. even pain management doctors don't want to prescribe it, they treat you like you are an addict. they prefer to keep giving you the steroid injections near the spine even though these have not been effective, but they are, however, much more profitable for the clinic. now trying cbd oil, they just legalized medical in mo. they expect it to be up & running in about 2020. what are real chronic pain sufferers supposed to do now?? living a life that sometimes does not seem to be all that worthwhile @ times.

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  • 4 months ago

    RE: chronic back pain

    I know Exactly how you feel my friend. I have a serious degenerative back and disc illness. You probably haven't heard of it? Most doctors haven't except neurologist and rheumatologist. My vertebrae have moved and shifted on my back so some are spaced apart and others shoved together and my spine is curved and the discs in my back are degenerating. I also have moderate to severe RA in both knees . I have had this for 30 years and have been on a 100mc Fentanyl pain patch for 25 years. My doctor had an accident and will be out for a long time. The new doctor does Not want to prescribe it so I will be cut abruptly from one of the if
    not Thee most powerful opioid there is! And a hydrocortisone shot is going to help? I'm going to have to go through rehab with real crack and heron users!
      • 4 months ago
        i'm sorry to hear of your plight, I can relate. the doctors seem to be afraid of the dea & their licenses. where are the pharmacy companies in all of this, you would think that they are lobbying for reasonable rules when it comes to long term pain.
      • 3 months ago
        I am sorry for you, don't even know what to say. I hope that you find some relief somewhere. have they talked about entyvia or anything like that, I think that treats RA
  • 3 months ago

    RE: chronic back pain

    Back injury here too.

    When I was hurt it seemed like they wanted to hand out hydrocodone like candy! I think it was 'the next big thing' and way over-prescribed... now the big money is in 'recovery & addiction clinics' for that stuff. (Reminds me of someone handing out free candy every day then opening a dentist's office when people get toothaches.)

    I was 'lucky' in that I had a bad reaction to opiates in the hospital (waking hallucinations & BAD constipation). I made them stop with that crap at once. Yes, it DOES help with the pain... but the side effects were not worth it for me.

    I'm with you - CBD shows a great deal of promise but the delay appears to be for big pharma so they can get their tentacles into the mix and push out small time growers.

    I can't tell you to drive to the nearest state with legalized weed &/or the oils but I damn sure won't tell you to suffer and wait!
  • 3 months ago

    RE: chronic back pain

    Try asking your doctor to prescribe Butrans sublingual or Subutex sublingual (buprenorphine). It is stronger than morpine and oxycodone and will not cost you a fortune. Stay away from the patch. Do not get the buprenorphine/naloxone combination(Suboxone) drug. That is prescribed for drug addicts and will cause withdrawal symptoms.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: chronic back pain

    I have had a similar experience.
    I have found suboxone to be very effective.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: chronic back pain

    I have had pain for 30 years. 12 years ago I found a pain management doctor who is not afraid to prescribe the medication I need, 5/325 4Xdaily. I do not abuse, nor do I continually increase what I take. I just tried CBD oil and candy; did nothing for me. I talked a Naturopath, with medical education. She said CBD changes how you experience the pain, while Hydrocodone stops the brain from receiving the pain signals. Without Hydrocodone I am unable to walk. If you have nothing structurally wrong that can be fixed, find a pain management doctor who suits you better. Do try the CBD, it might help you, and other new medications, other than the shots. They did nothing for me either, but were necessary before my last 3 surgeries. Insurance requirements. Lose any extra weight you may have, that will help. Good luck to you.
      • 3 months ago
        thank you for you feedback, glad to hear that you have relief.