Experience with Pain Clinic?

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Hi , 

i went to the pain clinic as the painkillers my doc prescribed arent helping me with my pain.. (codeine phosphate 60mg)  and they didnt give me anything.. 

(makes me sound addicted and i am so not... i only take when needed and can go days without) 

all they offer is relaxation and "chi kung" and advice on how to live with your pain... 

i dont wanna live with my pain i just need something to take it away ! 

i can handle it during the day but im desperate at night! its just too much and i dont sleep well because of it.. 

have you been to the pain clinic? can anyone share their experiences? 

sorry if my message seems sharp/cold/nasty  im in so much pain and im so tired and ive been in a bad mood for the past 10years smile 

thank you xxxx

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    Hi Rachh

    Many years ago I too went to a pain clinic and found this experience as if the doctors had given upon me and I had to deal with the pains on my own.  As years have gone on and the pains have come and gone and returned, I have learnt how to live with my pains and also through my recent experiences.  Once I was daignosed with fibro in Aug 2014 after 20yrs of not knowing, I seeked some help from a therapist that helped me through CBT ( Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and it's made me more of a positive person with my daily activites and my thought process. It's part of a mindfulness of the thought process and how one can deal with situations in more of a positive and calm manner.  I reccomend this to anyone and will say to just give it a try.

    Gentle hugs wink x

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    Apologies for my spellings redface my fingers are not communicating with each other x
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    I know how you feel, I'd had no medical support for ten years, got by, by ignoring it as much as possible, distracted myself by reading or knitting/crocheting.

    GP had prescribed co codemol, which was fine but meant I couldn't take paracetamol as well. Then quite by accident, I found I was better with Tramadol, I'd been prescribed it whilst waiting for my gallbladder to be removed. I try to take as few painkillers as possible, paracetamol for general use and the Tramadol only at night and only if I'm very bad, only taken once in the last month.

    My GP is happy prescribing it, as I'm taking so little, sometimes I think the knowledge that it's available is enough, bit like a security blanket.

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      Hi. I take Tramadol for Spinal and multi joint OA. I've had chronic pain from these for the last 15 years or so and co-codamol did nothing but cause severe stomach pain and constipation. Tramadol work well and I doubled up when I had shingles in April which is still rearing it's ugly head in the form of PHN and chronic fatigue all the time. I'm going to mention anti depressants on my next review, due this month. Amytriptilene are supposed to work well for these things so hope my doc will let me try them. I'm 72 and getting more depressed each day with all this pain. I'm not addicted to Tramadol, only take the minimum dose needed to control the pain. I don't much care anyway if I could just be able to walk and get on with my life, I'm sick of feeling like this and not being able to do the things I like. I was told it was time to take it easy at my age and retired! I'm sleeping more than I'm awake these days, some retirement eeh? lol rolleyes Best wishes Ellie, UK
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    Hi Rach, I would recommend you go to your GP and ask if he/she will prescribe Amitriptyline for you to take at night. I have fibro & arthritis and since starting Amitriptyline my fibro pain is considerably reduced. I was prescribed it at my last visit to the pain clinic, where I am lucky enough to have a lovely Consultant. I also take Pregabalin for fibro which was also recommended by doctor at pain clinic and also helps. Good luck. x
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