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Struggling to manage pain

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3 weeks 4 days ago #28941 by 289
289 created the topic: Struggling to manage pain
I'm new here, so sorry if I'm not posting in the right area.
I've dealt with chronic pain for 9 years after a car accident and as I age, the pain gets worse.
I've started doing yoga twice a day which is good pain relief but i can't sit or lie down without my back sending me sharp pains everywhere. I've got old compression fractures in my thoracic spine and 4 herniated disc in lumbar spine. Plus sciatica.
At first i thought my fear of moving my back was making it worse but now I'm doing all the right things, seen physios, bought everything the natropath suggested and it's still as bad as it was.
For pain i take panadine forte and valium and for the mild pain, this works. However because I've taken so much, i feel like it's time to shift up a level. My doctor suggested Norspan patches. Has anyone had any experience with these? I usually get nasty side effects to most medications so what I'm looking for is the one with the least side effects whereas the doctors prefer to prescribe the least addictive. Surely for chronic pain, it cant be classed as an addiction?
Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts!

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3 weeks 4 days ago #28942 by Johnno
Johnno replied the topic: Struggling to manage pain
Hey 289,

Welcome and please understand we know your pain and by god you are doing extremely well with the small amount of medication you are on at present .
I believe the norspan patches are a form of opioid so if you don’t want to go down that path you may be best to leave well enough alone .
Have you been told about nervations they burn the nerves back to reduce the amount of pain egisterng in the old brain box ,it’s not everybody’s cup of tea but I have had some success from it.
Where do you reside because if your in se Qld we have a coffee meet every few weeks if you wish to come .
It’s late and I’m hurting so to all goodnight well hopefully pain reduced I have endone calling me

Johnno

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Because it could be worse

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