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Chronic Pain & Meds

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Due to several accidents in my past, I now have chronic back and shoulder pain. I also have flare-ups of pain from polyneuropathy.
Medicine like paracetamol, ibuprofen (even at extreme high doses with a stomach protector), etc just don't make one bit of difference. They only create digestion problems. I know there are other medications that will help ease pain such as narcotics. I'm an ex valium addict and recovering alcoholic so when I go to my GP, he only has to see my face and he says "NO".
Isn't it possible for someone like me to have a limited prescription for these types of meds on an "as needed" basis without becoming addicted?
The quality of my life is getting less and less as I get older what with my mental health problems and chronic pain. The later keeping me from exercising and partaking in things I once loved to do as a way to achieve and maintaince good mental and physical health.
It's so frustrating to feel blacklisted from treatments that could help a great deal.
Does anyone have any imput, ideas, or experiences to add?
 
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Have you tried any alternative therapies? I have used many alternative therapies for recovery & found them all highly beneficial. Including - acupuncture, Indian Head massage, Reiki, Bowen, Aromatherapy, Shiatsu massgae, Hopi ear candles, Homeopathy, nutritional supplements, & others.

The most help I found was from Reiki; & so I learnt this healing practise myself. At the least; none of these things will do you any harm. Some alternative healing practises can bring things out however. I stick to the more gentle massages usually. Reiki is about the least intrusive & gentle, & I have found personally the most effective.

Haver you tried a TENS machine? Sometimes they can be good.
 
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Hi Apo, thank you for replying.
I'm a big believer in alternative therapies, but didn't think there was anything that could help with this amount of pain.
What is a TENS machine?
 
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I think that certain things can help; a lot of my pain has been extreme mental & emotional pain; & that has certainly been alleviated to a huge degree by "alternative" assistance. Far more so than the "orthodox help".

A tens machine is an electronic device. I know an ex nurse who swears by them. It wouldn't do any harm to give it a go. Try a Google search. Lloyds pharmacy was selling them for a Tenner, but I don't know if they still are.

http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23069069/

Have you tried acupuncture with a competent practitioner? practitioners do vary greatly in ability. One of the reasons that I found Reiki so very helpful, is that I crossed paths with a very experienced & competent practitioner. I am very aware of how effective alternative therapies can be when practised competently. Remembering that these are "complementary" & complement the orthodox. I would not suggest not taking into account orthodox advice as well. However, recoveries are possible following other routes other than the orthodox; I am proof of that. Of course with such things; recovery, is ongoing.

I am aware that there are certain herbs & natural substances which alleviate pain; however I am not an expert or trained in what & how much to take. There are books on these subjects, & often certain health foods shops who can sometimes point you in a direction. Where I live there is a very good health food shop, & an alternative centre, in which they treat "Patients" with the assistance of alternative practitioners. Which area are you in?

Also try some Google searches for "best alternative therapy for pain relief" (Or associated searches). You may find something. The internet is an incredible resource for information; but be discerning.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pain.html

Hope that helps.
 
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I have had acupuncture about 20 years ago for a different complaint. He had also put small magnets in certain parts of my ears that I was to rotate with another hand-held magnet. It seemed to help, but he'd also given me some pills that turned me into a zombie. I can't for the life of me remember the name.
Anyway, I'll look up that info.
Truth be told, I'm not looking forward to taking any heavy drugs like narcotics if prescribed...I just need relief.

I went for my bike ride earlier (I'm almost a fanatic as it's my only freedom), and I stopped and bent over to pet this beautiful cat and I saw stars because of my back. I have just spent the last 3 hours flat on my back in bed from the pain. I can't accept that I have to live like this. The pain is useless.
 
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I have had acupuncture about 20 years ago for a different complaint. He had also put small magnets in certain parts of my ears that I was to rotate with another hand-held magnet. It seemed to help, but he'd also given me some pills that turned me into a zombie. I can't for the life of me remember the name.
Anyway, I'll look up that info.
Yes I have heard of magnets. You can buy them from boots, magnetic plasters, I bought some a while ago for a bad back I had, they worked very well for me.

Truth be told, I'm not looking forward to taking any heavy drugs like narcotics if prescribed...I just need relief.
There is no great harm in trying as much, as is possible, at the least it won't do you any harm if followed properly with competent practitioners. Acupuncture can be very powerful; & I don't have it done very often, it makes me feel very odd, it can shift a lot of stuff. But I take & leave stuff, I have found certain things more effective & better suited to me than others.

I went for my bike ride earlier (I'm almost a fanatic as it's my only freedom), and I stopped and bent over to pet this beautiful cat and I saw stars because of my back. I have just spent the last 3 hours flat on my back in bed from the pain. I can't accept that I have to live like this. The pain is useless.
Bad back is horrible, & I do know the pain it can cause. I sympathise with you totally. I had to take valium & codine for some extreme pain I was at the beginning of the year. I only took it for a couple of days to get over the worst of it; but when we are in pain, whatever the pain is - then we will do anything to get rid of it.

There is a small number of highly trained hypnotherapists in this country who are licensed to perform hypnotism on people undergoing surgery (including major surgery); I have gone on a 3 day training course with one of them some years ago. The course ended with sticking needles through our arms, & feeling no pain. I am sure you have also seen acupuncturists who can manipulate a certain point & shut out all pain; to the point where people have undergone major heart surgery while conscious & in no pain. These things are practised & are possible. The thing is however; is that pain is the bodies way of telling us that something is wrong. The "right" treatment will be primarily to get to the source of the problem to help alleviate it, & not simply to mask the pain. Although some practices can & do help with easing physical pain.

GP's & the orthodox medical profession will not endorse or recommend anything outside of the "scientific paradigm". Have you noticed that most will not acknowledge chiropractic healing? When it is obvious that such treatment works. If the "orthodox" will not or cannot help, then why not try something else. There is nothing to loose in doing so, & if it comes to it then there are prescription drugs to fall back on. Even finding something to complement the orthodox medicines & be able to take lower doses, has to be a better medium?

I have suffered with very bad migraines & headaches, off & on, ever since a very bad neck injury as a child. When I have seen an osteopath; they have got rid of them. I see them rarely & things do flare up from time to time. A while ago I was getting very bad migraines again; & it got to be that I was having them every day, over a year ago I went to see a cranial osteopath, & he cleared them up completely. I get them occasionally again, but nothing like before. The GP would have done nothing apart from prescribe drugs, & a GP would have told me that a cranial osteopath wouldn't work. I know different from experience; which I why I seek recovery & relief through other means.

I am not trained to know what would best suit you or help you; but trying different therapies & practitioners would not be a waste; after all, at worst you are in the same position, albeit more relaxed & closer to finding something which does work, at least you tried.

http://www.cranial.org.uk/page2.html
 
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I have acupuncture from a chinese women who is a bit of an expert, used to teach it 45 pounds every 2 weeks which due to the recession and money not going up in line with the cost of essentials, i'm struggleing, told i won't get more benefits nor will i get direct payments to pay for acupuncture as it's not a medical need.

Suspect the heads of those failed banks could affford it still, suspect they won't end up living in a bedsit in my area wondering about the cost of heating
 
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You're so right, Apo...there are times when I would do anything to stop the pain.:mad:

I have tried hypnotherapy as a part of CBT about a decade ago. He tried to hypnotize me and all that happened was I got my period a week early right then and there in his chair. Maybe because I was attracted to him, I don't know, lol. :redface:
I'm not in a hurry to repeat the experience any time soon...although menstruation isn't an issue anymore.

I've been looking online at my local discount bookseller and there are thousands of titles for holistic medicine and a good 300 for Reiki alone. I always need to buy a book on something before trying it.
Do you have any suggestions for authors? Titles?
 
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I have acupuncture from a chinese women who is a bit of an expert, used to teach it 45 pounds every 2 weeks which due to the recession and money not going up in line with the cost of essentials, i'm struggleing, told i won't get more benefits nor will i get direct payments to pay for acupuncture as it's not a medical need.

Suspect the heads of those failed banks could affford it still, suspect they won't end up living in a bedsit in my area wondering about the cost of heating
As with much of everything it seems the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.:(
 
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I'm not in a hurry to repeat the experience any time soon...although menstruation isn't an issue anymore.
Well, it's good to be able to see the funny side of these things, & worse things happen at sea, as they say.

I've been looking online at my local discount bookseller and there are thousands of titles for holistic medicine and a good 300 for Reiki alone. I always need to buy a book on something before trying it.
Do you have any suggestions for authors? Titles?
Funnily enough, despite my interest in books & "alternative" therapy. I have very little books on such subjects. The closest I have read "book wise" on the subject is "the secret life of plants" by Peter Tompkins & a very good book - "A harmony of Angels" by Angela Mc Gerr.

All I have learnt about alternative healing has been mainly word of mouth, receiving treatments & web searches. There is a huge amount of material on-line. I was looking at a book at a friends the other day, which was very interesting & documented medicinal herbs, I was very interested in catnip tea, but I can't remember the name of it. maybe try some web searches? Googling "Reiki" brings up a lot of results.

http://www.reiki-seichem.com/patrickstory.html

http://www.crystalinks.com/healing.html
 
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I can see the funny side to many things...helps keep me out of a straightjacket.:p

I always love to have books to refer to. My social circle is very limited because I have trust issues.
I do love looking things up online, but sometimes I get info overload and give up out of confusion.

I'm glad you've found something that works so well for you.
Thanks for all the links and your time, Apo. :flowers: :hug:
 
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Hi.... Sorry to hear that your suffering with pain it must be horrible!

It may be worth asking your GP to refer you to a hospital pain team...must hospitals have them and they are led by anethetists or specialist nurses who can make different reccomendations or alternative ideas regarding pain management.

Hope this helps
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Hi.... Sorry to hear that your suffering with pain it must be horrible!

It may be worth asking your GP to refer you to a hospital pain team...must hospitals have them and they are led by anethetists or specialist nurses who can make different reccomendations or alternative ideas regarding pain management.

Hope this helps
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Thank you, Intel. I've thought about that. I hesitate because it all has to go through my GP first and that's difficult for me because I feel he's unfair to me. I'll have to get over that feeling in order to go further.
Thanks again :flowers:
 
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I dont know if you have one of those chinese medicine shops where you live but if you go in there they are suppose to be very good with helping people with all sorts of ailments.
If you go let us know how you get on. I would be very interested to know.
Have tried acupuncture myself and it was a load of rubbish. Fortunately I didnt have to pay.
Also have you considered faith healing?
 
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I dont know if you have one of those chinese medicine shops where you live but if you go in there they are suppose to be very good with helping people with all sorts of ailments.
If you go let us know how you get on. I would be very interested to know.
Have tried acupuncture myself and it was a load of rubbish. Fortunately I didnt have to pay.
Also have you considered faith healing?
I'm not sure what a chinese medicine shop is but we do have chinese "supermarkets". The nearest one is many k's away. If my bike can't get me there...I don't go.:redface:
 
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