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Pain Killers That Will Not Kill Me By Poison

Updated on March 16, 2010

I personally have lived with constant pain for over seven years now from a knee injury that never healed properly. I have taken the Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Vicodin, Lortab, Morphine, Darvocet, and many other so called pain relievers. The only one I have had any luck with for a long term treatment was a combination of Vicodin and a steroid shot of Cortisone and Lidocaine which lasted for approximately one week before the pain started returning. This is by no means a reason to keep ignoring the pain with the misguided thought that it will only make you stronger. Pain relievers are temporary fixes until permanent solutions are found. If the pain is in the deep muscle or caused by muscles around a joint injury, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a treatment that might help with the pain. It is where a physical therapist sticks electrodes on you then cranks it up to the point of barely tolerable (the last time I had it I watched my knee cap jerk around like a flopping fish). This brings blood-flow to the area and in turn that increased flow can heal smaller tears and injuries.

My aunt has Fibromyalgia and she has to take extremely strong pain medications just to function daily. I know at her last visit she was taking Percocet and Oxycontin on top of a topical cream with Lidocaine in it to numb the surface areas that proved too much for the pain killers to take care of for her. While you might feel that pain killers are the only method to take away the pain, there are other alternatives such as chiropractic care and physical therapy which, while not curing the pain, might reduce it to where it is manageable. Magnet therapy has also been said to help with pain but I have no experience with it personally.


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    • maggiemae profile image

      maggiemae 8 years ago

      I too suffered from debilitating pain and eventually a solution was found. If I had been allowed adequate medication in the interim, I would have been able to work and my life wouldn't have been so miserable. Pain killers have their place and I felt that the medical profession failed me due to their fears of being targeted for over prescribing drugs. I take heart medication and if I were to stop I would face dire consequences. Is that kind of medication so different from pain control?

      I think the main difference is there is no way for doctors to measure just how much pain a patient is feeling. No doctor asked me how much the pain was impacted my daily life or ability to work.

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      Moon Daisy 9 years ago from London

      Hello, how horrible to have this pain for such a long time. It's good to find alternatives to drugs, I'm always wary of the possible long-term (unknown) effects of taking these things over time.

      I used TENS as pain relief when I had my daughter, and it worked really really well. I think more than anything it took my mind off of the contractions, as well as the endorphin and blood-flow effects.

      I've got hypermobility syndrome and at one time I was also using TENS for muscle spasms caused by dislocations. It relaxed my muscles and eased the pain quite a lot for a while, but then it didn't help any more (maybe I became immune to it?)

      I had some luck with chiropractic treatment over a period of time. It stopped things going out of place in my neck and reduced my pain levels considerably. What's more, the treatment was very gentle. However, as I had to go quite a lot it becaome very expensive and I stopped going. I've also done a few courses of physical therapy which has also been useful as it's strengthened my core stability.

      I would recommend chiropractic and physical therapy. For your aunt's fibro, I've heard that something called the Bowen Technique is supposed to be very effective. Google it and see what you think.

      I hope you find something that works for you!

      Good luck.

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Hi AFT, Good luck to u n yours in your future life, health and happiness. I will report back if any positive results!, i wish i could be more advisable on giving health advice for others as much as myself! I did try copper bangles as well as many other medicines and alternative therapy and medicines which never worked for me!

      Thanks again!

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      AFTiggerIntel 9 years ago from Nebraska

      My dad actually suggested it since his physical therapist at the Veteran's hospital gave it a try. He has knee issues as well and they seem to help him. TENS works ok but I mean if I'm looking at my knee cap twitch there is something wrong with the strength that is required to do anything. It doesn't help my pain just makes me nervous. I currently take Vicodin and Ibuprofen until they get me back over to Orthopedics for their consult.

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Thanks for these tips!

      Sorry to hear about your knee! and your aunts problem!! i know any pain or prolem can be soo annoying and frustrating!!

      I have tried the TENS machine and it did not work! I have ankylosing spondylitis which i have had for about 7 years + and is getting worse!! It efects the whole body, muscle, spine, bones and the only part of my body that is not effected is my knees to feet and elbows to hands! these are fine,,for now! I have not heard og magnet help but ill look into it!;)