What is new in non-narcotic chronic back pain management?

Complementary. Chronic pain has been traditionally been treated by either using opiod based narcotics or non-opiods as ibuprofen/tylenol. Now usage of central acting meds like Gabapentin or Cymbalta (duloxetine) has gained grounds. For non traditional approach, complementary health such as acupuncture works!
MILD. There are many new procedures that help different conditions that cause pain. It's most important to first have an accurate diagnosis of what is causing the back pain. The proper diagnosis is the key to proper back pain treatment. One such treatment may be mild if you are suffering back and leg pain caused by ligamentum flavum hypertrophy with spinal stenosis. Http://www. Vertosmed. Com/.
Cymbalta (duloxetine) Is probably the medication with the newest indication for non specific low back pain.

Related Questions

My pain management dr suggests a pain pump foru chronic back pain what do you think?

Maybe. All options should be evaluated with your doctor, in order to make the decision that's right for you. Pumps are usually a choice that is made when oral medication has been unsuccessful.
It is an option but. This type of treatment is typically indicated for end stage cancer pain control. Other alternatives could include the use of a spinal cord stimulation if you have failed all other courses of treatment and there is no viable other surgical option for treating your chronic back pain.
Last resort. It should only be a last resort option if nothing else helps. You have to get the pump refilled monthly or every other month and there is a chance for infection with every refill. If you miss a refill you can go into life threatening withdrawal so it limits possible travel. There may be other options like spinal cord stimulators, chronic pain rehabilitation, cognitive therapy... Good luck.

Pain management for chronic back pain?

Pain relievers. Try a heating pad, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin at the doses recommended on the label and back stretching exercises, yoga or a massage. See a physician if these remedies do not improve the pain.
Start conservative. If pain is mild to moderate in intensity, exercise/physical therapy can help greatly. But if that doesn't help or can't be done because of the pain then options are needed. That's when you see your health care provider to look into the causes of your pain and develope a treatment plan based on the underlying problem. Injections and perscription medications may be needed. Surgery is last on list.
Options. Always start conservative with any chronic pain, if you can, depending on the severity of the symptoms. If over-the-counter medications, short rest, ice/heat, stretching/exercise, doesn't relieve the problem, seek professional advise. You might need different prescription meds, injections into the pain generators of the spine, physical therapy, to help decrease the pain.
Chronic back pain. Schedule an appointment with a pain management specialist who is a member of the american society of intervention pain physicians (asipp) or international spinal intervention society (isis).
Multidisciplinary. There are many things you can try including physical therapy, acupuncture, meditation, biofeedback, yoga, alexander technique, tai-chi, feldenkrais method and chiropractic care. If you have had pain for a long time make sure you have been evaluated by a spine specialist.
Sound good. I would seek out Pain Management for Chronic back pain. There is no reason to suffer.

I have chronic back pain, currently go to pain management, ordered MRIS but cant afford, what are my treatment options? (doctor takes weeks to respond)

Difficult to say. It is necessary to know what one is treating to answer such a question. If a disc has protruded or extruded touching a nerve, options are limited to surgery. Sometimes epidural injections can help. Physical therapy is another option. As you can see, need to know what is the issue. Microsurgery and standard surgical techniques are all on the table.

Narcotics for treating chronic back pain and side effects?

Not good. We have had about 20 years to evaluate the use of narcotics (opioids) for the treatment of chronic lower back pain and so far the results have been poor. That is not to say an occasional patient does not do well but by far in my experience, that is the exception more than the rule. I would not recommend it particularly for younger or middle aged people. The negatives far outweigh the positive.
No. Narcotics can be used in the short term, but you need to find out what is the cause of your pain. Seek a spinal specialist.

I just moved to rockford il from 2 hrs away. I see a dr for chronic back pain and stomach pain and take controlled narcotics. Interal medicine dr?

Controlled Substance. I believe that you need to find a doctor in the area that will meet your needs. This may be an im doctor, but a chronic pain management doctor might be best.

I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

Join the club. Chronic pain has become an epidemic. Strong narcotics and surgery rarely cure and often produce more complications. You may need to learn to live with pain. Moderate exercise and physical and psychological therapy may help. Acupuncture and massage and herbal treatments may help. Do not look for a cure. Look for management and maintain a functional life.
Spinal Surgeon. It appears that you have tried many forms of conservative. I would recommend that you seek the care of a spinal surgeon. If you have nerve root compression secondary to a disc herniation, facet arthrosis, foraminal stenosis or lateral stenosis, surgical decompression may be in your future. See a spinal surgeon!