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Final Options for Treating Chronic Pain

Christina Lasich, MD Health Pro December 31, 2012
  • What’s next? If this question is on your mind, you have likely seen many doctors, tried many different drugs, maybe had a surgery or two, or are just at your wits end. Before you let despair and helplessness answer your question about what life will offer next, look at some of these final optio...

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  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    Jan. 05, 2013

    For those who think that they are running out of options, I want you to take a step back and think about where your suffering is coming from. Pain and suffering are two different things entirely. And just when you think that you are out of options for treating pain what you really need to start treating is your suffering.

     

    As stated in the other comments,...

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    For those who think that they are running out of options, I want you to take a step back and think about where your suffering is coming from. Pain and suffering are two different things entirely. And just when you think that you are out of options for treating pain what you really need to start treating is your suffering.

     

    As stated in the other comments, support groups and comprehensive pain programs that utililize behavioral therapy are there to help you address your suffering.

     

    Often at the root of suffering are feelings of depression, anxiety, frustration, anger, blame, shame, and grief. Re-framing your pain experience into something that provides a foundation for love, support, forgiveness, and acceptance can help you relieve your suffering. Get help because this option is essential for living with pain.

     

    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • nldel55
      Jan. 07, 2013

      I understand about trying to use pain as a motivator and force of positive in life.The main problem I am having is finding a Dr here in FL who can treat me in reguards to that. Because of the huge drug problem which I might add the goverment has made worse,I am having problems even finding a Dr to treat me. I might add treating all or most patience as if they...

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      I understand about trying to use pain as a motivator and force of positive in life.The main problem I am having is finding a Dr here in FL who can treat me in reguards to that. Because of the huge drug problem which I might add the goverment has made worse,I am having problems even finding a Dr to treat me. I might add treating all or most patience as if they are drug addicts is not helping either. I am at this point trying to even find a Dr within 100 miles to go to that will even take me. All this and I am a ligit patient who has never had a drug problem but a pain problem.

    • LAB RAT
      Feb. 16, 2013

      I live in Florida also and you are 100+% right about what you said about finding a Doctor that cares.I want to move out of Florida so bad.but I am in way to much pain to pack.sometimes i just want to burn everything i have and move the hell out of Florida and find a good Doctor and start over...Easy said then done i know..One day i hope before its to late and...

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      I live in Florida also and you are 100+% right about what you said about finding a Doctor that cares.I want to move out of Florida so bad.but I am in way to much pain to pack.sometimes i just want to burn everything i have and move the hell out of Florida and find a good Doctor and start over...Easy said then done i know..One day i hope before its to late and it may be soon............

  • LAB RAT
    Jan. 29, 2013

    I am A US Disabled Veteran and i get NO help from the VA.

    I am in so much pain I have no kind of life at all anymore.

    All i have is medicare and thats not saying much.

    I bet you if i had money I would "NOT" be in so much pain.

    I have a pain pump for the past 15 years,4 in total.

    Like i said if i had the money i would not be in as much pain as i am in now.

    I...

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    I am A US Disabled Veteran and i get NO help from the VA.

    I am in so much pain I have no kind of life at all anymore.

    All i have is medicare and thats not saying much.

    I bet you if i had money I would "NOT" be in so much pain.

    I have a pain pump for the past 15 years,4 in total.

    Like i said if i had the money i would not be in as much pain as i am in now.

    I know this for a fact because my doctor told me one day when i told him that i am tired of all the pain that I am in He said to me "What do you expect all you have for medical payment is Medicare" Then he walked out the room. :(

    This is the thanks i get for LOVING AMERICA and going into the military.

    MONEY TALKS..............

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Jan. 29, 2013

      First, I'd like to thank you for your service. Second, I'd like to sadly agree with what you are saying.

       

      My own personal experience with pain taught me that money can buy a painfree life. Yes, at the time of my injury, I had outstanding medical insurance. They paid for everything including: gym membership, new mattress, new chair, one full year of physical...

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      First, I'd like to thank you for your service. Second, I'd like to sadly agree with what you are saying.

       

      My own personal experience with pain taught me that money can buy a painfree life. Yes, at the time of my injury, I had outstanding medical insurance. They paid for everything including: gym membership, new mattress, new chair, one full year of physical therapy, and anything else I need to get better. And yes, I did get better slowly but surely.

       

      Now, I see people who cannot afford nor do they have the insurance that gives them access to what they need to get better. Sadly, they do not substantially improve. I feel like my hands as a doctor are handcuffed most of the time. I cannot prescribe the medicines they need, the therapy they need or the support that they need because no one is paying for the treatment.

       

      I see VA, Medicare, PPO, HMO, WC... you name it... access to good care is crumbling. It's frustrating to say the least. 

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • LAB RAT
      Feb. 16, 2013

      Thank you Doctor for understanding.

       But what should I do??? Life is so short and I`m trying to hit the lotto but you know how that goes.I can NEVER get all those years back.I`m tired of just wasting my life in pain.Knowing that it will not change.

      I Don`t know why i should keep on going all by my self with life in "pain" with "NO" light at the end of...

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      Thank you Doctor for understanding.

       But what should I do??? Life is so short and I`m trying to hit the lotto but you know how that goes.I can NEVER get all those years back.I`m tired of just wasting my life in pain.Knowing that it will not change.

      I Don`t know why i should keep on going all by my self with life in "pain" with "NO" light at the end of the tunnel.

      Thank you and for all of the people that have you as their Doctor are very lucky.

         I know the weather is nice in Florida...but the health care sux`s

        LAB RAT.  :(

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Feb. 19, 2013

      And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.~ Romans 8:28

       

      Discover God, find His pupose for you and know that you are never alone. Explore at www.purposedriven.com

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • LAB RAT
      Feb. 19, 2013

      The Bible was written over 2000 years ago.

      Times has change and if the Bible was written today

      it would not be the same.

    • Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      Feb. 19, 2013

      Oh you're right... they did not have pain 2000 years ago.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

  • Diana Lee
    Jan. 04, 2013

    I just wanted to add that for me one of the final treatment options that did me the most good was a six week long behavioral pain management program that taught me how to live my best life despite my chronic pain (in my case chronic migraines). It was truly a godsend.

  • Anonymous
    retired pilot
    Jan. 03, 2013

    I have been dealing with severe chronic back pain for 7 years, since a spinal injury in 2005. I was flying for the Army and overseas on deployment when injured. They tried treating me in theater for almost 6 months before a new flight surgeon arrived and medevac'd me out.

     I had 2 surgeries at Brooks in San Antonio. The second was to try to correct the...

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    I have been dealing with severe chronic back pain for 7 years, since a spinal injury in 2005. I was flying for the Army and overseas on deployment when injured. They tried treating me in theater for almost 6 months before a new flight surgeon arrived and medevac'd me out.

     I had 2 surgeries at Brooks in San Antonio. The second was to try to correct the failed first. I continued on opiods without much effect. 2 years later I had a spinal cord stimulator implanted. This helped with the severe muscle spasms I was having in my legs but not wth the back pain. Eventually I had an intrathecal pain pump implant. I had a bad reaction to the first medication, Prealt, that sent me to the ER again. The Doctor switched it to morphine. At first it was pretty good. Then it becan infected. Bottom line: I've had them all without real pain relief. So now what? I live on morphine, though the pump and oral, and muscle relaxers. Every month I fight the VA to get prescriptions refilled, and no end in sight.

     My faith in God is all that keeps me going.

    • catherinersd
      Jan. 04, 2013

      dear retired pilot,

      Sorry about your CP(chronic pain) situtuation. Thanks for your service to this country.

      I have had RSD a chronic pain disease for almost 17 yrs. I also have FMS.

      And I've lived with chronic lower back for the last 13 yrs.

      I know how hard it is to live with CP every day.  Please go on line and find an on-line chronic pain support...

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      dear retired pilot,

      Sorry about your CP(chronic pain) situtuation. Thanks for your service to this country.

      I have had RSD a chronic pain disease for almost 17 yrs. I also have FMS.

      And I've lived with chronic lower back for the last 13 yrs.

      I know how hard it is to live with CP every day.  Please go on line and find an on-line chronic pain support group. Support is very important when you live with chronic pain.

      I went through the whole gamut of RSD treatments in the first 2 yrs after diagnosis, SG blocks, axillary blocks, IV regional blocks, TENS unit, PT, Aqua therapy, T2-T3 blocks and an in-patient intrathecal block. The intrathecal

      block was the most invasive treatment I had.

       

      You can find back pain support groups on Yahoo Groups

      http://health.dir.groups.yahoo.com/dir/1600094694

       

      Also check out Invisible Disabilities Association

      http://www.invisibledisabilities.org/about/aboutida/

       

       

      I use an inversion table for my lower back pain. I don't know if that is feasible for you since you have had back fusion surgery. You would need to ck with your dr to ask if you can use an inversion table. I get relief using my back inversion table.  I have to take several meds a day to be able to have any quality of life, due to my chronic pain diseases.  I will have to take meds for the duration of my life. I refuse to have the SCS surgery b/c of the multiple surgeries it requires. Surgery is a big no-no for RSD.  If/when I can no longer take oral meds, I will have to revisit the SCS idea.  But so far I have stayed away from it.

      Anyway, I wanted to tell you to get into some sort of support system.

      I have been in a support group since I was first diagnosed and it has been a

      Godsend for me. I started an online support group for RSDers 13 years ago,

      so we would have a place to RSDers to come together and lift one another up and share information about RSD, because I know how important a support group is when you live with CP every day.

      Keep your chin up.  Stay informed on chronic back pain by reading medical articles online. Not just informational sites that the random public posts, but

      medically published articles.

      Keep your faith. My faith too has kept my going these last 17 years.

    • LAB RAT
      Feb. 16, 2013

      you should be getting 100% service connected and SSD. What is that like $4k a month clear. and you must have people in your life and not doing everything yourself.If this is all true ...you need to grow up and be a Man....Try doing it on less then $790.00 a month and NO help from anyone....

      If I am wrong..Sorry Sir...