Opioids Saved My Life


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Opioids Saved My Life

My new life of chronic pain started in May of 2005. After being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, I was given a series of 3 epidural steroid injections with a corticosteroid made by Pfizer called Depo-Medrol. I had no relief from the first two injections, but my doctor insisted that I try a third one. He struggled to get the needle into the epidural space, probably because of scar tissue in my back caused by a prior back surgery, a laminectomy.
After the 3rd steroid injection, I had a severe, instant headache, which was relieved somewhat when I laid down. The doctor had punctured my dura, the outer lining of the spinal cord, which caused a spinal leak. He was defensive when I told him about my headache pain, saying, “No way, there was no fluid in my syringe.” After an unsuccessful blood patch, I ended up in the ER a week later with the worst, throbbing headache I ever suffered. Every time I lifted my head I vomited violently. The doctor ordered numerous tests and he finally diagnosed me with too much STRESS! I knew something had gone wrong during the epidural steroid injection, yet my doctor blamed me for the harm he did to my spine. My pain worsened over time and it became so intense that I thought about suicide.

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MARIJUANA: Guide To Illness And Pain Management (Medical Marijuana, Pain Management, Cannabis, Back Pain, Epilepsy, Cancer Treatment, Chronic Pain)


Medical Marijuana And Pain Free Living. You Don’t Have To Suffer Anymore! Millions of America’s suffer from pain every day due to cancer, arthritis, back pain, accidents, neuropathy, autoimmune diseases, and so many other chronic illnesses. Pain relief is one of the most well recognized effects of medical marijuana, yet many still fear the drug. Do you or a loved one suffer from pain? Are you concerned about the pain medications you take? Do you fear addiction to pain medications? This book is for you! You No Longer Have To Fear Medical Marijuana! Are you afraid of medical marijuana? Have you heard horror stories or been told about bad experiences from the use of marijuana? Then this book is for you!

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When an NSAID May Be Better


When an NSAID May Be Better

If your mild chronic pain is not sufficiently controlled by acetaminophen, or involves inflammation (see the box on section 3), talk with your doctor about trying an NSAID. For reasons still unclear, some people respond better to one NSAID over another. There’s no way to know besides trying them out. We advise starting with naproxen (Aleve and generic) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and generic).

Both of these drugs have anti-inflammatory effects, are inexpensive, and are available without a prescription (though higher dose pills require a prescription). Aspirin is not the best choice in treating chronic pain since the larger doses typically needed for pain relief and easing inflammation may pose a higher risk of stomach bleeding and upset compared to naproxen, ibuprofen, or other NSAIDs.

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Eliminating Stress Brings Pain Relief


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Eliminating Stress Brings Pain Relief

Getting a handle on everyday stress can help you better manage the pain you’re experiencing.
It’s easy to get stressed out when the pressures of work, family, and everyday life are weighing on you. These stresses can have not only an emotional impact, they can cause physical pain as well.

Stress and pain are often closely linked. Each one can have an impact on the other, creating a vicious cycle that sets the stage for chronic pain and chronic stress. So, part of getting pain relief is learning how to better manage stress.

“Lots of studies support the conclusion that what happens in the brain — depression, anxiety, being stressed out — can increase pain. At the same time, if you have more pain, you may be more stressed,” says Jennifer Schneider, MD, PhD, a chronic-pain specialist and author of the book Living With Chronic Pain. “Each makes the other worse, so if you decrease pain, you’ll likely also decrease stress and anxiety.”
Pain Relief: Understanding the Stress-Pain Connection
It’s not completely clear yet to researchers how stress and pain are related. However, stressed-out people often experience neck, shoulder, and back pain. This could be due to the link between stress and tension in the muscles. It could also be related to brain chemicals.

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