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I use Ice Packs and Soothanol X2 for my back pain.

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I have had chronic pain for twenty years.My problems were so severe that when I put in for disability,they accepted me.I tried everything for pain,nothing worked.thenI tried the natural way.I found Turmeric,it is a spice(I get it in capsules) at Walmart.It works better than Cleabrex or Vioxe.You take it every day and it cuts back on inflammation. It worked like a miracle for me..I also pray for the pain to go away.God is good.
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I'm so sorry for your predicament, and it could have been written, word for word, by my kids'

mother here in Ft Collins with the addition that one doctor scolds her for taking these pain medications while another tells her that she must take them regularly to manage the pain. I wish that I knew the solution, but I'll encourage her to share yours and other posts regarding this. I hope and pray that she, you, and others will find some relief. Please don't give up.

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I believe that every state requires you to go to the Drs. once a month a pick up a refill.  I lived in VT and am now in SC and it works the same way.  I have suffered from chronic pain since 2011, TKR went bad and the quality of my life is zip.  I have bad reactions to the usual pain killers and am on Methadome 60 mgs/day which does help with the pain but the longer I'm on my feet the worse the pain gets.  I'm glad I found this forum as I don't feel alone as must of my "friends" have disappeared.

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I will first give it  some time to heal on it's own....and it usally does for me anyway...

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My husband went through the hell of being treated like a drug addict after being prescribed Opiode drugs by Doctors. He never had used drugs and ended up having to go to an Addiction Specialist to get off the "Doctor" prescribed drugs! I told one Doctor, "A doctor put him on it, a Doctor can take him off it"!!! They too have him hell...I ended up contacting a mental health organization and explained the situation. As he was trying to stop the opiodes himself. You can not do this, as you will go into withdrawal. It was horrible, he said he felt like he was going to die. Doctors DO NOT tell you that Opiode drugs make you hurt more, therefore they up the dosage. Long story short an Addiction Specialist put him on Suboxen and monitored him until the withdrawals were gone. He will not take anything since this HORRIBLE ordeal. Feds busted some "pill mills" around the area so all Docs were not wanting to help. I repeat you can NOT just stop Opiode drugs without the help of a Doctor. I thank God for the Specialist whom helped my husband, he knew by talking to him he was not a drug addict nor "drug seeking". The Specialist had my husband show him in his physicians book whom prescribed him the meds. These Docs need to be held accountable, not the patients they misinform!!
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My doctor writes me out three prescriptions for my opioid painkillers and I put them on file with my pharmacy. I do have to go in every three months but, that beats every month. Also, I have a spinal cord stimulator that helps a tremendous amount but not enough to not still be on opioid painkillers.
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I don't know if it's an actual law here in Colorado, but it is required to go through those exact steps to get narcotics.  There is a state registry available to pharmacies and doctors.  They check with this before filling the written scrip to make sure you're not filling them all over the state by different docs.  It is horribly unfair to those of us who do not abuse meds. 

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Oh my, doesn't anyone remember the shake up about Fentanyl? I thought it was banned! I was on it, but I was allergic. Now, almost everything has been tried on me and nothing worked long term, so now (three years or more) I take nothing for pain. After my doctor moved away, there was no one else in my town to trust. It's very hard, but I exercise everyday and try to eat right. I do use Turmeric and Cayenne pepper powder daily. To preach to the non-choir, There is nothing, nothing you do that does not hurt. I've heard that doctors don't study about pain in medical school. Wow! I know my doctors did not understand that I didn't want to be addicted to anything. I don't want a high. What I want is the pain gone, even for a few hours per day... Friends, I know what you feel. I say hang in there. I know it feels like you're going to lose your mind. Get through it minute by minute if you must. I've done it, you can too. Maybe doctors will catch up soon.

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My doctor told me the same thing initially, but when I pressed for more information, it comes down to the insurance group requirements or the Medical groups policies. Mine won't allow them to issue more than a 30 day prescription of these opiate drugs. So now I also have to pay for an appointment with my dr every 2-3 months and she write monthly prescriptions, labeled with "do not fill before" dates on them. More cost to insurance company and us for these appointments just to pick up the prescriptions.
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