Well Doc, I am backed-up and barfing if you really want to know how I feel. The porcelain god is frowning on me from his throne in the sky. That medicine that you gave me has really got me plugged-up and hugging the toilet at the same time. Go figure! I would rather take the pain than have my innards all tied up in knots. No thank you! You can keep that junk called medicine.
Sound familiar; the list of side effects caused by many medications used to treat chronic pain includes: constipation and vomiting. Some people can have one without the other; some people can have both problems. Either way, gut problems are not fun and can actually prevent one from taking an adequate amount of pain medications. Fear of these side effects should not be a limiting factor for pain relief. Constipation and vomiting are both treatable and preventable.
Constipation is a common theme among those using opioid pain medications . These chemicals prevent the normal bowel muscle activity that pro...
I have been having intense pain on the left side of my head. The pain is so intense that if it lasted longer then it did I could not stand it. I have no other symptoms. No pain in the the eye area, no weakness in body, nothing. The pain lasts anywhere from 10-30 seconds at a time. I have lived with it for about 20 years now. I did go to a neurologist about 9 years ago and had MRI done which showed nothing. This pain will last a week or two disappear for months and then show up again. It is not a constant pain, the pain comes lasts 10-30 seconds disappears for a little while maybe half hour and comes back. In the last two weeks this pain it has increased more than I have ever experienced. When I went to the doctor 9 years ago he did not have an answer and said they could be cluster headaches, but I do not have the symptoms of cluster headaches. Anyways. I am not sure what to do seeing how the MRI showed...
As I sit here writing, I'm in a lot of pain. The left side of my low back is throbbing. Often I can ease this pain by popping the back, but this time that hasn't worked, and neither has Advil. The next step will be to put a prescription pain patch on it.
"Depression hurts," say the Cymbalta commercials. Yes, it does, and antidepressants that, like Cymbalta, work to make more of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine available have also been shown to relieve pain.
My questions arise from my own experience. Although I was formally diagnosed with bipolar relatively late, I see symptoms going clear back to childhood. I began to have chronic pain in my early 20s, first in my neck and head, then crippling pain in my arms that finally moved to my mid and upper back. This was diagnosed, after 9 difficult years, as fibromyalgia. Then later I injured my low back and have had trouble with it ever since, while other areas of my back flare up periodically.
One of t...
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