Need help for husband with chronic pain

Discussion in 'Chronic Pain' started by Anonymous, Oct 31, 2009 at 5:17 PM.

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  1. Anonymous

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    Hi - thank you for responding; my husband is 64 and had polio as a child, as a result, he is now in constant pain. His internist keeps throwing pain meds at him : lyrica, methadone, nsaids, he also smokes pot but nothing seems to help. We live in San Francisco area and have good insurance. What should he try ? he can't be the only person living with this kind of pain.
     
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Your husband needs to get a consult with a specialist in pain management. The key is to make sure it is a pain management specialist who approaches pain management from multiple modalities -- oral medications, rehabilitation therapy, inteventional therapy -- so a true evaluation can be done as to the best approach, or combination of approaches.

    Many major medical centers have such programs.

    A website that may also be of assistance is the American Pain Foundation. They have great educational materials and educational sessions for pain patients and have excellent pain management physicians on their board of directors along with chronic pain patients.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Anonymous

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    An additional idea -- a very good pain management physician in the San Francisco area is Dr. Scott Fishman, who is also is the president of the board of directors of the American Pain Foundation. He is also the author of a book on pain management for pain patients.
     
  4. Anonymous

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    Hi - original poster here, I think it's the same person who answered me - thank you so much for the info, I am following up with Dr. Fishman and at least feel a little more hopeful :)
    Thank you again & happy upcoming hoildays from my family to yours.
     
  5. Anonymous

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    My father was given a TENS/HAN Therapy unit from Golden State Medical, Inc. He was doing better within a few days. He says the edge has been taken off and has been helpful in reducing the stomach upset from all the pills. Give it a try and Medicare paid for it. They are in Auburn Calif
     
  6. Anonymous

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    I have had great results with the AlphaStim device (similar concept to the Tens, but much better clinical results). Just ask your physician for a statement of medical necessity and then your insurance will cover the cost. I think the pain will subside substantially. Good luck--
     
  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Anyone have an idea of how to treat chronic pain in the balls? Would those heat patches work? Acupuncture?