Pain Management Questions

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  1. What would make my legs hurt to be gently rubbed?

    If your legs hurt when they are touched or rubbed gently, you may have a condition called peripheral neuropathy. This condition causes gradual onset of numbness and/or tingling in your feet, which may spread upward to your legs. Symptoms include a "burning" or "electric shock"-like pain in the low...
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  2. What can be done for the pain and swelling associated with deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism?

    An acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT)can be quite painful, but pain usually resolves once the clot has gone away and the swelling goes down. During this acute phase, pain medications can be used to reduce discomfort.
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  3. What type of doctor can help with chronic pain?

    Your husband's severe back and hip pain may be due to osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, or a disc problem in his back. Since he is not getting much help from cortisone injections, I think the next step would be to try and have your husband see a Pain Management Clinic. They would do a comprehensive...
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  4. Is paranoia and confusion typical for someone who uses pain medication?

    In my practice, which is in the nursing home, most of my patients are on strong pain medications. But, I have not run into the problem of patients thinking their medications are being stolen. In our facility, our medications are given at scheduled times, and we have a strict process where a licens...
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  5. What could be causing Mom's leg pain?

    Unfortunately, your letter doesn't contain enough information for me to even try and give a diagnosis. However, Alzheimer's doesn't usually cause pain in the legs, so I think something else is going on. You do not say how far along your mother is in her Alzheimers, so I don't know how reliable her...
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  6. What Pain Relievers Are Safe for Problem Drinkers or Those Who Drink Large Quantities of Alcohol?

    No pain reliever is 100 percent safe for heavy drinkers. Which pain reliever a doctor recommends should depend on how much the person drinks and whether his or her liver is functioning normally. In general, for mild pain, the safest pain reliever for older adults is acetaminophen, or Tylenol. Howeve...
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  7. How do I help my mom manage pain after surgery?

    A most important aspect of helping someone manage their pain is conversation. Sometimes we get so caught up in managing the pain for them, that we fail to keep the person who is "the patient" in the front of our minds. Ask what they think will help. Empower the person to take charge by asking for...
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  8. What to Do With Hip and Back Pain?

    Bone pain with exercise is a very wide spread issue that limits many people's exercise capability. The drug of choice would be NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) such as Naproxen, Ibuprofen (same as Motrin and Advil). These reduce the inflammation that is the cause of much pain in the ...
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  9. Can I Become Addicted to My Prescribed Opioid Pain Relievers?

    If your doctor prescribed you an opioid pain reliever for pain, it's unlikely you need to worry unless you have a history of addiction issues. It's extremely rare for people who don't already have substance-abuse issues to become addicted to pain medication.
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  10. How can we help my mother with pain from a broken hip?

    It is certainly best to get a personalized assessement from a physical therapist so she can talk to you about your mom's specific situation. Generally, therapists try to get patients up as much as possible (raising the head of the bed, spending time up in a chair etc)--this is helpful to their overa...
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  11. How can I get my grandmother with Alzheimer's to receive better pain management?

    Pain management with Alzheimer’s disease-There is no reason why her pain should be left untreated. The symptoms she is beginning to show is typical for a person with poorly treated pain. Her doctors are correct and pain meds can affect her dementia/anxiety, but from a quality of life standp...
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  12. Does sensory perception pain ever go away?

    Your pain does sound likely to have been caused by the stroke but the class of the pain would still be the same. The medical name for sensory perception pain is "Neuropathic Pain," which is when something is wrong with the nerve and that creates pain.
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  13. Are Over-the-Counter Anti-inflammatory Pain Relievers Safe for Older Adults?

    Ibuprofen (brand names Advil, Motrin) and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be unsafe for many older adults, especially when taken daily. Geriatricians much prefer that older adults take acetaminophen (Tylenol), because it causes almost no side effects and only rarely interacts...
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  14. Am I addicted to pain medication?

    No, unless you have a history of substance abuse, having to increase the dosage of your pain medication doesn't mean you're becoming addicted. Doctors are usually careful to start people on pain medicines at low doses, with a plan to slowly increase the dosage as needed until, together, the doctor a...
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  15. How can I encourage my mom to be more active after a knee replacement?

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  16. What can be done about my husband's ongoing stroke pain, and does it mean there's another one coming?

    Head pain is not common during, or after, a stroke. When it occurs, it may be a sign of 1) bleeding, 2) a tear in one of the arteries, 3) a clot in one of the veins, 4) opening up of smaller arteries when one of the larger ones is occluded, or 4) a side effect of his medicine. I typically evaluate...
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  17. What drug options do I have for arthritis?

    Unfortunately, you have developed chronic pain from your trio of arthritis syndromes. Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) frequently causes pain and stiffness in the shoulders and hips. This syndrome will often improve with the use of prednisone alone, so this is probably not what is causing alot of your...
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  18. Can physical therapy help arthritis pain?

    Yes! Yes! Yes! There is a lot that physical therapists can do to help alleviate and prevent exacerbation of pain from arthritis. In fact, as a geriatric physical therapist, this is one of the most common diagnoses that we see. I would highly recommend that your mother seek the advice of a physical t...
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  19. How can pain be managed for a 90 year old woman?

    In my experience, pain can be managed for anyone at any age, if the right modalities are used. I read your letter several times, and I understand that you are concerned about narcotic usage because you are worried about constipation and dizziness in a 90 year old woman. I want you to understand tha...
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  20. What will help with mom's post-stroke pain?

    Sorry to hear about your situation. I have a few thoughts:
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