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Why are so many chronic pain patients misdiagnosed or under treated?

Why are so many chronic pain patients misdiagnosed or under treated?

Tough to treat pain: Chronic pain is difficult to treat because what works for one patient doesn't always work for another. Also, certain pain medications can result in dependence or tolerance and worsen symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no "cure" for chronic pain making it very difficult to treat. There may be other factors that contribute to pain including other health problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Chronic Pain (Definition)

classic definition is pain older than 6 months. More recent definitions: Pain beyond the normal healing period, pain associated with psychological impact. Any pain that started as acute after and injury to surgery, but continues beyond the healing ...Read more


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seems more and more chronic pain patients are being mistreated. I took suboxone for pain recentl head hit hard but was treated like and addict in er.

seems more and more chronic pain patients are being mistreated. I took suboxone for pain recentl head hit hard but was treated like and addict in er.

Narcotics: It can be a hard balance for providers. There are many people who become addicted to narcotics. The providers obligation is to treat pain but not to feed addiction. Providers can also become somewhat jaded because of repeated negative experiences with individuals who abuse narcotics. Hope your feel better soon. Take care. ...Read more

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What will chronic pain patients do for relief?

Many things: Any time you have a chronic issue, you should combine alternative medicine with traditional medicine. So see your pain specialist, use the medications but also try acupuncture, reiki, feldenkrais, rolfing, massage, and meditation. Try one different field at a time so you can assess how it helps you. Lose excess weight and make sure you sleep since you rejuvenate your body with sleep. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with chronic pain?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with chronic pain?

Hard to say: Chronic pain is sometines difficult freat asdequately. Treatment must be multifaceted. Looking for cause and a treatment modality that allows patient to function in society in a productive manner. Many physicians ignore pain and refer to pain specialist who pushes pills. This promotes abuse and is not always best answer. Having a good patient relationship with trust and understanding best way. ...Read more

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Is a nerve block a good option for patients suffering chronic pain issues?

Yes: It provides both diagnostic and therapeutic benefits. It helps pinpoint the location of the pain and also provides some relief. ...Read more

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Why are doctors so short or rude with chronic pain patients? In my case I want them to find the problem and fix it, but to help relieve the pain aswel

Why are doctors so short or rude with chronic pain patients? In my case I want them to find the problem and fix it, but to help relieve the pain aswel

Chronic pain is: obviously very difficult for you and secondarily for the doc. He/she is human and gets frustrated, not at you but at the situation. Please stay w/your doc and consider adding behavioral medicine to your treatment. A clinical psychologist who is specifically trained can teach you self-hypnosis. See www.asch.net for more info. Peace and good health. Biofeeback is another option. ...Read more

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Is oral ketamine ever prescribed for chronic pain patients?

Ketamine: Ketamine is prescribed as topical cream for certain chronic pain condition. Ketamine infusion is used for certain chronic pain conditions. Oral ketamine is sometimes used for palliative care, not for chronic pain. ...Read more

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Any advice for chronic pain patient who struggles to exercise regularly? Help motivate, pls.

Stretch everyday: If it is back pain, start by stretching everyday. If you want to do aerobics, start with mild aerobics. Of course i would like to know where on your body do you have pain. ...Read more

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Are all patients with chronic pain who take pain medications at risk for addiction?

Are all patients with chronic pain who take pain medications at risk for addiction?

No: Only a small percent of people actually get addicted to narcotics, but most who are on it chronically are dependent. The difference is that addiction is characterized by the continued use of a substance despite adverse consequences. The goal of chronic pain medicine is not to take the pain away, but to increase the function of the individual, so you can do more. ...Read more

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Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Persistent Pain (Definition)

Persistent pain is a symptom in which a person's pain doesn't come and go, but instead is present all the time. The pain can be mild, moderate, or severe, but its constant presence usually means there is ...Read more