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22-03-2013, 06:42 PM
Chronic pain
I'm new to chronic pain. I'm 27. When I was 19, I woke up one morning and noticed that the left side of my rib cage was poking out a bit, and the left side of my rib cage was curving inward, toward my liver. It didn't really bother me that much. I felt a tiny little pain, about a 1.5 on the pain scale, when I woke up that morning. Still, it irked me. So, I went to the free clinic on-campus and asked the doctor. She looked at it and told me to take some ibuprofen and relax. Her body language told me to stop wasting her time. I did just that.

When I was about 24 or 25, I started hurting in that area after doing some crunches. The pain wasn't muscular. I know the difference between useless pain and that satisfying pain that gives me a since of accomplishment after a good workout. I stopped doing crunches, but the pain became worse and worse each day. It plateaued at an awful 6-7 a couple months ago. It doesn't hurt so much when I get up in the morning. It really hurts when I've been sitting down at work for more than an hour. At its worst, it feels like Tony Robbins is grabbing me in that area and squeezing hard with his big gorilla hands. I've had x-rays, an ultrasound, a CT scan, and a HIDA scan. My doctor is finally satisfied that the pain isn't coming from my gallbladder. He says it must be musculoskeletal.

I've tried 4x200mg ibuprofen 3xdaily, aspirin, 2x650mg acetaminophen, 500mg naproxen 2xdaily, 300mg gabapentin 2xdaily, and 50mg tramadol as needed. I'm wary of painkillers because my father was hooked on them until last month. He was an emotional wreck. Tramadol helps a bit and acetaminophen seems to help sometimes. I'm visiting a pain management center soon. I've never been to one of those.

Would anyone else like to share?
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22-03-2013, 10:18 PM
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This should read, "the right side of my rib cage was curving inward", you know: my other left.
(22-03-2013 06:42 PM)cbb2274 Wrote:  I'm new to chronic pain. I'm 27. When I was 19, I woke up one morning and noticed that the left side of my rib cage was poking out a bit, and the left side of my rib cage was curving inward, toward my liver.
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01-05-2013, 06:23 PM
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Are you taking all the drugs you listed simultaneously? If you are, I would suggest you cut out one of the NSAIDs (either the ibuprofen or the naproxen). Does the acetaminophen offer any relief? If not, then I’d cut that out too. How many times a day are you taking the Tramadol 50mg? Does that or the gabapentin offer any relief? Is it possible the pain you are experiencing is referred?

While concern is always good when it comes to drugs, the potential for addiction to opioid analgesics (especially short-term use) when used under an MD’s supervision is low. That’s not to say you cannot develop dependence over time, but that should be anticipated if you are on such drugs long-term. Dependence is not the same as addiction however.

Curious to hear how you make out with a pain specialist.

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01-05-2013, 06:45 PM
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(01-05-2013 06:23 PM)wldstrwlf Wrote:  Are you taking all the drugs you listed simultaneously?
Ha! No, I'm not stuffing pills in my mouth by the handful like Marv in Sin City. I'm taking about 1g of acetaminophen twice a day and 50mg of Tramadol once on a good day, and 2-3 times on a bad day (as prescribed). Sometimes I take 400-800mg Ibuprofen twice a day (800-1600 daily). My doctor told me he didn't see a problem with it.

That reminds me, I forgot to take my meds.

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Quote:Curious to hear how you make out with a pain specialist.

The pain specialist sent me back to my primary physician, who told me he would refer me to another pain specialist. The pain specialist wanted my Doctor to refer me to a general surgeon to find out what the problem is. I'm just glad he didn't say that I need to see a psychiatrist. Actually, I'm already seeing a psychiatrist for depression. He was the first to prescribe Tramadol, which has helped more than anything, so my primary physician wrote a prescription for it as well.
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02-05-2013, 04:55 PM
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My wife takes both tramadol and gabapentin for neurologic pain and she says they both help her considerably. I hope they can sort out what you're going through. Good luck and please update when you know.

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02-05-2013, 05:28 PM
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(02-05-2013 04:55 PM)wldstrwlf Wrote:  My wife takes both tramadol and gabapentin for neurologic pain and she says they both help her considerably. I hope they can sort out what you're going through. Good luck and please update when you know.

Thanks. I feel like other people get tired of hearing about it, or that they just don't have anything to say about it.

I guess it could be referred pain, but I don't know how I would know.
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02-05-2013, 05:41 PM
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Gabapentin is good stuff. I've been taking it for quite a while, and it's always worked well for me. That combined with MMJ (prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis) is the best combo I've ever had.

.......CP for 15 years.

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02-05-2013, 05:49 PM
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Don't give up trying t get proper medical help. If you have something undiagnosed, after a while the original doc will stop actively trying to solve things.

I went for years with undiagnosed Lyme disease, back before it was known that the little buggers alternate dormancy with activeness and tests fail many times. Damn near killed me twice with encephalitis. I finally found a group of people online who were in the same situation and found out what the treatment for chronic Lyme was. I then procured the drugs online and healed myself.

You need to keep pushing for solutions, do all possible research online and get to the bottom of things. No matter how many docs you have seen, or how accomplished you think they are, it is perfectly possible to get screwed in the system, even if not intentionally.

Do you live in a medical marihuana state? If so, definitely try it and see what it does for you.

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03-05-2013, 08:13 PM
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(02-05-2013 05:49 PM)Dom Wrote:  Don't give up trying t get proper medical help. If you have something undiagnosed, after a while the original doc will stop actively trying to solve things.

I went for years with undiagnosed Lyme disease, back before it was known that the little buggers alternate dormancy with activeness and tests fail many times. Damn near killed me twice with encephalitis. I finally found a group of people online who were in the same situation and found out what the treatment for chronic Lyme was. I then procured the drugs online and healed myself.

You need to keep pushing for solutions, do all possible research online and get to the bottom of things. No matter how many docs you have seen, or how accomplished you think they are, it is perfectly possible to get screwed in the system, even if not intentionally.

Do you live in a medical marihuana state? If so, definitely try it and see what it does for you.

No, I live in North Carolina. So, that's not an option--not a legal option anyway.

I thought maybe I had some kind of scoliosis when all this started. I still lie and say that's the problem when people ask and I don't have the patience to tell my story. I really don't know. I don't know where to look. I don't even know what to google now.
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04-05-2013, 07:26 AM
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Have you considered seeing an chiropractor?

A few years ago, I had the same sort of problem. My ribcage was hurting me, especially when I would lay down or exercise. My doctor couldn't help me either, and would just assign me more and more painkillers.
Then I was sent to a chiropractor, and he almost instantly figured out the problem.

It turned out to be my spine cause the problem, something about air-bubbles in-between the, you know, spine pars (yeah, sorry for my complete lack of knowledge about the names of the bones).
Point is, it took some time, but the man popped my spine back into place, and that completely cured the pain.

Another option would be acupuncture. I know most people think it's mumbo jumbo, but if you find someone certified to do it, it can actually help a lot.
I'm not sure it can cure you, if you don't really know what causes the pain. But it sure as hell can help you reduce the pain, and it's a lot more healthy than filling the body with painkillers (like you say, that shit is poisonous).
again, I've tried it myself, with great success. I suffer from chronic pain from my digestive systems, because of an illness I had as a child. On a bad day, I could do nothing without a shitton of painkillers, and even then I could feel the pain.
I tried acupuncture, and it helped a lot. They "doctor" even thought me how to do it myself, now on a bad day, I jam a needle in my foot for a few minutes, and that have the same effects as strong painkillers.
It won't cure me, but it will make the pain bearable.

Anyway, I hope you get better soon. Smile
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