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hi I broke my pelvis in 8 places stress fracture in lower back 3 breaks in tail bone ruptured blader, bowels and rectum severed my urethra and punched a lung. first accident. tore ligaments off both wrists, second accident. split my head open broke bone in right hand tore ligaments in both wrists again damaged my neck and left hip last accident. have had over 40 operations in the last 20 years, I have had 20 hernias repaired and 3 implanted devices, neuro stimulater for traped s1 siatic nerve. artificial sphincter for urine and penial implant.

am currently on tramdol, lyrica, slow release patches for pain and antidepressants. hI live in cronic pain all day everyday, am hoping that there will be a pain killer that comes along soon that doesn't stuff me around as much as what I have been on and now on. have tried so many different things on the market nothing gets rid of the pain just subdues it a bit. I try to keep as active as I can without overdoing it which is really hard. I had a problem with oxycontin was taking 12 a day plus 8 panadine Forte and still working 80 hour weeks driving road trains,  spoke to my doctor about getting off oxycontin wanted to put me in hospitial to dry out, that if I cant stop taking them while at work I would be bak on them as soon as I started to do anything. so went cold turkey and kept working, I was then put on the slow release patches. still in pain doctors say to put up with it and get on with your life. 

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    jim I really feel for you. All those operations and that pain must have been unbearable. Working such long hours won't have helped but needs must I suppose. What exactly do you want to do? If you're still in pain you need to continue with your current medication.
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      yes unfortunately I need to keep chewing pain killers until I die, as for work I don't know what I will be able to do as am now classed totally unfit for work. I have trouble sitting, standing or bending all give me grief. hopefully there will be a better pain killer invented soon that wont have to many side effects and will get on top of the pain not just subdue it.
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      Hi again jim. When my pain relief wasn't helping me, I have rheumatoid arthritis my doctor prescribed Nefopam also called Acupan. It's not an opiate and you can take it along with your other medication. I found it helped.
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      thanks matron I will talk to my doc and ask her about them I will try nearly anything.  
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    Omg you're a walking miracle - have you contacted somebody in drug counselling?  It amazed me when I did that doctors give out pills etc in the full knowledge that the side effects will probably be worse than the original symptoms. After the torture I've been thru this last 12 months I will not take any medication again without checking the side effects and researching in a foram like this one. I'm going to try acupuncture as this very ancient practice works on nerve blocking the pain signals to your brain - exactly the same thing the tablets are doing but without the danger if getting addicted to opium!!  Good luck with finding a way forward. 
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      hi eunice I was lucky that I had a lot of good doctors and nurses that put me back together again. I have tried many different treatments over the years nothing with any lasting results, look at things that there are a lot of people who have worse problems than me, I can still get around by my self . 
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    Hi Jim,

    I am so sorry that you are continuing to suffer like this. I have had chronic pain since a car accident 7 years ago. Like you have done the rounds. i came off oxycontin (easily enough TG) because of the side effects but thankfully Palexia had come on the market. It is the first painkiler drug of its type, being part narcotic and has nothing like the side effects of many others and has proved effective for me. May be worth a discussion at least. By the way has your Dr done some specific training in chronic pain? Empaty does not seem their strong point. It really does not help when you know you are not being understood. Best wishes, H

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