Science is honing in on better ways to treat chronic pain. Read about it in this AARP series.

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Yes it is a law in Colorado. Everytime you go to a pharmacy and have a prescription for any narcotic, the scan it to the Board of Pharmacy in Colorado along with your ID and then any doctor can get this report to see if you are taking the medications  you say you are or to see if you are Dr. shopping for drugs. You can also call the state board of pharmacy and fill out e release form and they will send you a copy of your report. I check mine once a year just as if it were my credit report. I make sure that it is only my information on the report and that it is all accurate. I am glad that they started this. I wish that they had a national data bank for this because I think they would catch more of the people that they are looking for than just having a few states have information for their state. Also this report from Colorado does not show any prescriptions you have filled through a mail order pharmacy unless that pharmacy is here. So it only shows the doctors, patients, and pharmacies here in Colorado.

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Dear JN6768,

 

Your post is a good one! Turmeric is a natural spice used to treat pain and also heal stomach ulcers.  I wish the drug manufacturers would focus more on this symptom.  Right now acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin (NSAIDS) are the ONLY over-the-counter pain relievers without a prescription.  The brands may be different, but that's all.

Long term use of either can damage the stomach or liver.  We need a stronger type of pain relief but something that is coated to protect other organs.

 

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The people who treat you like this have never experienced chronic pain. People who have not experienced it should not be allowed to treat or comment or make rules about it. Until I experienced it I had no concept of the utter desperation and depression that it causes. These people think they are doing good and all they are doing is causing needless suffering.
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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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