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Pain Management board

Hi Gurl 79, That's pretty much what all PM programs were prior to oxyContin hittin the market. Percs were used for post op pain and there was nothing besides dilauid but you had to be dying to get that.

Pain coping will include something like bio fedback, self hypnosis or guided imagry. You will likely tdo PT twice a day, go to art therapy, ocupational therapy, group couseling, solo counseling, education of medication with RPh's, how pain works, the difference between chronic and acute pain. If the average joe woke up with the kind of pain you or I live with , they would go to the ER thinking something was terribly wrong. In acute pain, pain is a warning or response that something is wrong.

The idea is to change your thinking about pain through a better understanding of chronic pain and having the tools to deal with it mentally and emotionally. You may end up back with dialudid in your med cabinet or a pump in your belly, but meds can only do so much, what you learn should help you from becoming one of the terribale statistics that follow patients that live with intracatable chronic pain.

Hopefully you will have something to use when the dilaudid doesn't do the job. You don't have to agree with them on every aspect, but you should give it a try while your there and put what works for you to practice. What's the benefit in not particpating and trying?

I'm not suggesting this is the best way to manage all pain, but when the goal of an implanted morphine pump is 50% relief, you do have to learn to cope with some degree of pain and learn you don't need medical attn every time you wake up feeling bad.

You know the basics, they don't believe in opiates for the rest of your life. They are going to teach you non opiate methods and educate you about everything. Take what works and put it to use. There will always be a doc willing to prescribe meds, but anything you have to assist the meds or cope with what they can't do will only help. Back in the old days you tried everything else before you were given opiates to treat chronic pain. It does make it harder when you know meds do work and their methods may be iffy or limited. I've been through 3, month long programs . I use many of the stretches, excercises , relaxation techniques and put the knowledge I've gained to use. Having been through so many programs I understand that the meds my doc gives me are the last resort and I haven't been to the ER for treatment of pain because I know I have meds just as strong as anything they can give me.

What didn't work or was just Voodoo medicine in my opinion, I left at the clinic. Take what works and use it knowing there are other opinions should this not manage enough of your pain. They aren't your last stop or only chance at finding relief.They are just a stone on the path that you either take along or leave behind in your search for a way to live with something you never could have imagined living with.

Good luck and I hope you gain some valuable tools. That's the purpose in going. If you decide to go another route and just find a doc willing to prescribe LA opiates for the rest of you life, you may find yourself sitting in a room by yourself a few years from now wondering if you made the right choices. At least you will be able to say you know you tried and did everything asked of you.

Good luck and take care. Dave