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Are pain management specialists trained to deal with the depression and mental problems that come with constant pain?

Are pain management specialists trained to deal with the depression and mental problems that come with constant pain?

Absolutely: Absolutely. The best practices involve specialized pain psychologists who are the primary role players in helping address the depression and mood disorders associated with chronic pain. ...Read more

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Which mental health provider should I see for help with panic attacks, anxiety & living with crps (constant pain), help reducing amount of medications.

Which mental health provider should I see for help with panic attacks, anxiety & living with crps (constant pain), help reducing amount of medications.

Clinical Psych: Some clinical psychologists specialize in behavioral medicine or health psychology. They can provide you with techniques to help w/panic and pain. Your doc or state psychological association can give you referrals. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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For someone in recovery with severe, debilitating pain and who has exhausted seemingly every known non-narcotic pain reliever, what are PM options?

For someone in recovery with severe, debilitating pain and who has exhausted seemingly every known non-narcotic pain reliever, what are PM options?

Where is your pain?: Spinal cord stimulation has been shown to be effective for many types of pain and pain syndromes. It is a non drug therapy that we use to take patients off their narcotics and give them real pain relief. See a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Might acupuncture help with a person's chronic pain and menopausal symptoms?

Yes: Yes and yes. Please be aware that what is ideal is to have acupuncture augment whatever care is provided by your physician. Acupuncture is often used for both chronic pain syndromes and menopausal sxs. Take care. ...Read more

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Extreme pain in knee area with no structural damage?

Extreme pain in knee area with no structural damage?

Cartilage problems: Sometimes, cartilage defects in the knee can cause significant pain and discomfort and not be readily apparent on xray. Assuming that you have not had any additional imaging, a MRI evaluation of the knee is warranted if you have persistent pain and seemingly no other signs of structural damage on other tests. ...Read more

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Occasional pain in right kidney area made worse by drinking. Seems to be concurrent with menstrual cycle. Otherwise health 22 yo f. Kidney failure?

Occasional pain in right kidney area made worse by drinking. Seems to be concurrent with menstrual cycle. Otherwise health 22 yo f. Kidney failure?

Endometriosis?: Abdominal and/or pelvic pain in a healthy female that is synchronous with her cycle is suspicious for endometriosis. I would start with your OB doc to rule this out. They can also help you rule out kidney failure with urine and blood tests. Start with you OB and see what they can do for you. ...Read more

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Injured upper back falling. Muscle is burning/tearing with daily movement and basic living tasks. Treating with cyclobenzaprine/heat. Recommendation?

Injured upper back falling. Muscle is burning/tearing with daily movement and basic living tasks.  Treating with cyclobenzaprine/heat. Recommendation?

Time is generally : needed to allow muscular injuries to heal whether they be contusions &/or pulls. Local modalities like heat &/or ice can help as can activity modification to avoid restraining the muscles as they heal. Use of medication can help with symptoms like cyclobenzoprine, Tylenol (acetaminophen) & an OTC NSAID if no reasons not to medically. Physical therapy may also be of help if other possible injuries are ruled out ...Read more

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Long-time sufferer of joint pain. In horrible pain physically and mentally, help?

Long-time sufferer of joint pain. In horrible pain physically and mentally, help?

Acupuncture: Please consider exploring acupuncture. It is effective for many types of pain and can also be very beneficial with mental health issues. I am a psychiatrist and i perform acupuncture on many of my patients. ...Read more

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52 male with constant severe pain bottom right front rib cage. Best treatment for pain relief while actively body building with free weights?

52 male with constant severe pain bottom right front rib cage. Best treatment for pain relief while actively body building with free weights?

Costochondritis: The best advise is wrapping your chest and resting. But "right rib cage" can also meany lunacy have an herniation, acute cholelythiasis or other internal organ problem: liver bruising, colitis etc. See a doctor if condition persists. ...Read more

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Can a person have mild and tolerable symptoms with crps? Webmd and numerous other sites state "intense burning and pain".

Can a person have mild and tolerable symptoms with crps? Webmd and numerous other sites state "intense burning and pain".

CPRS: Usually has intense, neuropathic pain with trophic changes in the skin. Can the symptoms be mild, yes. Need to see a doctor to be certain this cprs or just limb pain due to a pinched nerve or neuropathy without involvement of the autonomic nervous system. ...Read more

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Caregiver for family with serious issues. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue in myself.Having troublecopin. Don't like psych med but need help copiing?

Caregiver for family with serious issues. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue in myself.Having troublecopin. Don't like psych med but need help copiing?

Could ease when: You feel better? Lyrica (pregabalin) can decrease the pain associated with fibro-tried it? Sometimes treating pain before the stress helps and other times--any measure to decrease the amount of anxiety. Great that you are reaching for help. Have any way to decrease the daily stress? Yoga, meditation, warm baths, acupuncture? New osteopathic school in pikesville, KY may have clinic for osteopathic treatment. ...Read more

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Suggestions for dealing with symptoms of PTSD?

Suggestions for dealing with symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD: often responds well to Cognitive Processing Therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), EMDR, specialized group therapy, Virtual reality exposure therapy, psychoeducation and psychiatric medications are sometimes warranted as well. ...Read more

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Can oxygen therapy help with end of life care for someone with chronic kidney disease?

Can oxygen therapy help with end of life care for someone with chronic kidney disease?

Yes: Oxygen therapy will not change the end of life situation or chronic kidney disease. However the oxygen will provide comfort to a person at that stage of their life. ...Read more

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Pain management specialist that has treated patients with RSD/CRPS ?

Pain management specialist that has treated patients with RSD/CRPS ?

Pain Management: Your doc or your local medical association can refer you to a pain management specialist. They do lots of good work but please do not forget behavioral approaches such as clinical hypnosis (see www.asch.net), biofeedback, massage therapy, talk therapy, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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4.5cm complex ovarian cyst. Ongoing strong pain. No nsaids due to digest. Issues. Tylenol/heat/ice min.Relief. Surg. In 3wk. Pain relief options?

Hopefully over!: This has been here a long time - I think you might have had the surgery. If so I hope it went well. I hope you feel much better already or soon! ...Read more