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Managing Chronic Pain

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Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, with everything from migraines to backaches to injuries contributing to the suffering. This hour, we’ll talk about why these pains don’t go away and how we can better manage them with Dr. Greg Dussor and Dr. Theodore Price, pain researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas.

  • Marshall Bocell

    I have a friend with RSD in the Dallas area and is looking for someone to document her experience. Is there anyone you could recommend?

  • Ron

    Is there any evidence that the use of antidepressants cause chronic pain?

  • Ron

    Has chronic pain been tied to previous use of certain pharmaceuticals such as antidepressants?

  • Ron

    This was a wonderful and helpful program.

  • __Abe__

    Let me suggest to anyone out there still in pain, and have been passed over as “drug seeking” by many doctors , that they request an appointment at the Mayo Clinic.

    In my case, I had been in extreme pain for about 18 months, and had been to numerous doctors, with numerous tests. Many, but not all, of the doctors and staff have an attitude, if your pain does not fit there expectations that your just “drug seeking.” In my case, my martial training helped me manage the pain, but made trying to explain to doctors how I could be functioning that much harder.

    After many tests and being told to “take a vacation from the stress,” my wife’s mother talked me into going to the Mayo Clinic. They were very thorough, and eventually diagnosed a rare and very high spinal pressure (called IIH). Shortly after the diagnoses I died for a short time due to blood clots, and I am now on pain-killers.

    As to if pain-killers are addicting, I can function somewhat close to normal with them, and I’ve been one the same dose for a couple of years. You need them like a heart patent needs heart medication, we’re both ‘addicted’ in that sense, we need them to ‘live.’ But my dosage has been consistent, not increasing as an addicts would be.

    But there were times after I’d been diagnosed, when I’d like to invite some of the medical people who treated me as “drug seeking” experience an average day of high spinal pressure without some medication. They almost had me believing it was a psychological creation until Mayo actually diagnosed it. And yes, there are medical professionals who didn’t want to admit they erred, but they have a hard time arguing with Mayo’s reputation. Which is some peace of mind.

    Had I not gone to Mayo, I suspect I’d (still) be dead.

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