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SaintLouieWoman
12-24-2011, 09:11 AM
http://www.everydayhealth.com/pain-management/photos/8-alternative-treatments-for-pain-management.aspx#/slide-1

Check out the alternative pain relief methods handed down over the ages, some from the time of the Greek physician Hippocrates. See which ones work and which ones to skip.

Rockntractor
12-24-2011, 10:47 AM
Massage and chiropractors can help but poppy juice is still #1 for severe pain.

obx
12-24-2011, 11:20 AM
Massage and chiropractors can help but poppy juice is still #1 for severe pain.

Ditto.

Zeus
12-24-2011, 11:27 AM
Massage and chiropractors can help but poppy juice is still #1 for severe pain.

Poppy Juice ??? Morphine, heroin or opium ???

Rockntractor
12-24-2011, 11:38 AM
Poppy Juice ??? Morphine, heroin or opium ???

All doctor prescribed derivatives, I aways think of Doc Adams giving Sally laudanum for her aches and pains.:D

Zeus
12-24-2011, 12:03 PM
All doctor prescribed derivatives, I aways think of Doc Adams giving Sally laudanum for her aches and pains.:D

Meh, Doc has me taking Methadone for pain, also hydromorphone.

SaintLouieWoman
12-24-2011, 07:10 PM
Meh, Doc has me taking Methadone for pain, also hydromorphone.
I'm going to try to get by with lesser stuf. I have hydrocodone (vicodyn), but have gone from 6 a day after the knee replacement to now two half pills (1) a day. Some days I only take 1/2 pills a day. That stuff is vicious, have been pushing the physical therapists to come up with alternatives to ease the pain in the knee.

Going to the PT and doing the hydrotherapy has helped. At the end of the session in the pool, they have some sort of hose type thing that they run over the leg and knee, which seems to help. Now they have me going to the gym after the other workout. After pushing my poor leg to the limit trying to get it to bend, they then wrap the leg with some sort of wrap that has icy water running through, also does compression.

I told them I'm sick of the pain pills and want them to come up with the alternatives. I'm learning the squeakin wheel indeed gets the oil. :D

Novaheart
12-24-2011, 09:34 PM
Massage and chiropractors can help but poppy juice is still #1 for severe pain.

I took some Tramadol the other day for a sprained ankle, and it really got rid of the pain. It also got rid of any urge to go to sleep that night, or to go potty for the next three days. Fortunately, I keep Chinese senna tea in the house.

That drug made the back of my head numb and I had the urge to yell "I love you everybody!" from the car window*. I was really surprised my doctor gave me something that actually works, but apparently my kidney condition makes it so I can't take many kinds of drugs.


* White lightning has the same effect, but Tramadol has a much more pleasant hangover.

Rockntractor
12-24-2011, 09:39 PM
I took some Tramadol the other day for a sprained ankle, and it really got rid of the pain. It also got rid of any urge to go to sleep that night, or to go potty for the next three days. Fortunately, I keep Chinese senna tea in the house.

That drug made the back of my head numb and I had the urge to yell "I love you everybody!" from the car window*. I was really surprised my doctor gave me something that actually works, but apparently my kidney condition makes it so I can't take many kinds of drugs.


* White lightning has the same effect, but Tramadol has a much more pleasant hangover.

Tramadol works on your system in the same way morphine does, after using it awhile the side effects you mentioned go away.

Novaheart
12-24-2011, 09:40 PM
I'm going to try to get by with lesser stuf. I have hydrocodone (vicodyn), but have gone from 6 a day after the knee replacement to now two half pills (1) a day. Some days I only take 1/2 pills a day. That stuff is vicious, have been pushing the physical therapists to come up with alternatives to ease the pain in the knee.

Going to the PT and doing the hydrotherapy has helped. At the end of the session in the pool, they have some sort of hose type thing that they run over the leg and knee, which seems to help. Now they have me going to the gym after the other workout. After pushing my poor leg to the limit trying to get it to bend, they then wrap the leg with some sort of wrap that has icy water running through, also does compression.

I told them I'm sick of the pain pills and want them to come up with the alternatives. I'm learning the squeakin wheel indeed gets the oil. :D

My objection to Vicodin and its siblings (darvocet et all) is that the prescribed dosage doesn't do the trick, and the dosage required to actually kill the pain makes me sick.

I wasn't all that impressed with IV morphine to be honest. I was on a morphine pump a couple of times during a series of leg surgeries after getting one of those horrible infections in shallow water. It wasn't fun at all, and it stopped me up pretty good in addition to upsetting my stomach.

The best pain killer I have ever ever used was an epidural. That sucker works.

Novaheart
12-24-2011, 09:45 PM
Tramadol works on your system in the same way morphine does, after using it awhile the side effects you mentioned go away.

Well in that case... I think my ankle hurts a little right now.....

:) I keed I keed, well maybe....

Fortunately, whatever was wrong with my ankle/foot, it got better. But your input is nice to know, because frankly I'd be afraid to take it again had you not said something. And it's not like I'm a lightweight, I used to take Demerol all the time, while waiting tables and having a life. I thought it was god's gift to those in pain.

SaintLouieWoman
12-24-2011, 10:37 PM
My objection to Vicodin and its siblings (darvocet et all) is that the prescribed dosage doesn't do the trick, and the dosage required to actually kill the pain makes me sick.

I wasn't all that impressed with IV morphine to be honest. I was on a morphine pump a couple of times during a series of leg surgeries after getting one of those horrible infections in shallow water. It wasn't fun at all, and it stopped me up pretty good in addition to upsetting my stomach.

The best pain killer I have ever ever used was an epidural. That sucker works.
They had me on oxycontin (sp?) at first. I was getting so sick with that junk, couldn't keep food down. Nurse Ratchet at the rehab place wouldn't contact my doc, so SR got in touch with him through a friend. He came to my room and stopped the nonsense that the lovely nurse was doing, like letting me go almost 8 hours w/o pain meds, plus not contacting him to get it changed, per my repeated requests.

As far as the stopping up, it also did a number with our toilets. We actually had 2 toilets replaced twice. That stuff is scary. Good thing the plumber was a friend and gracious about it. TMI. :D

AmPat
12-25-2011, 10:58 AM
You bunch of sissies.

For pain, bite down on a piece of leather. Pills? Who needs them?

Rockntractor
12-25-2011, 11:03 AM
You bunch of sissies.

For pain, bite down on a piece of leather. Pills? Who needs them?

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/old-man-gets-bitten.jpg

Zeus
12-27-2011, 05:21 AM
20 Pain Cures You Can Find in Your Kitchen (https://www.stumbleupon.com/su/74D5Hp/www.ivillage.com/natural-pain-remedies-your-kitchen/4-b-334141?ivNPA=1&sky=stu%7Cths%7Ccympain%7Ckitchenrem%7C/)

Brenda Kearns
on Sep 22, 2011 at 5:10PM


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RobJohnson
01-10-2012, 04:13 AM
Well in that case... I think my ankle hurts a little right now.....

:) I keed I keed, well maybe....

Fortunately, whatever was wrong with my ankle/foot, it got better. But your input is nice to know, because frankly I'd be afraid to take it again had you not said something. And it's not like I'm a lightweight, I used to take Demerol all the time, while waiting tables and having a life. I thought it was god's gift to those in pain.


I'm glad your ankle is better!

Zeus
02-26-2012, 02:48 PM
8 Home Remedies that Actually Work (http://shine.yahoo.com/skin-guide/8-home-remedies-actually-230300122.html)


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By Brynn Mannino (http://www.womansday.com/search/?q=brynn+mannino?link=emb&dom=yah_life&src=syn&con=blog_wd&mag=wdy)

Nobody is naysaying the wonders of modern medicine-what would we do without a medication like penicillin to treat infections? But, as it turns out, everyday items have secret curing powers, too. Next time you don't want to fork over money to get a common wart removed, consider using duct tape. Already popped two aspirin but can't get rid of the headache? A pencil could do the trick. Below, get medical explanations behind a few bizarre-albeit brilliant-MacGyver-esque home remedies.


Duct Tape to Remove Warts

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In 2002, a group of doctors compared duct tape's effectiveness with liquid nitrogen in removing warts. After two months of wearing duct tape on a daily basis and using a pumice stone about once a week to exfoliate the dead skin, 85 percent of patients' warts were gone, whereas freezing only removed 60 percent. "The question is whether there is something in the chemical adhesive itself, or if the occlusion (suffocation) causes the destruction of the wart," says New York City-based dermatologist, Robin Blum, MD. "The other thinking is that the duct tape causes irritation, which stimulates our body's immune cells to attack the wart." Photo: Thinkstock
Learn 4 ways to fight cold sores. (http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/conditions-diseases/fight-cold-sore?link=emb&dom=yah_life&src=syn&con=blog_wd&mag=wdy)

Vapor Rub to Cure Nail Fungus

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While there are no studies to prove coating infected toenails with vapor rub once or twice a day is an effective treatment for nail fungus, a basic Internet search results in a number of personal testaments to the medicinal ointment's fungus-killing powers. "I've heard many patients say that vapor rub does help, but I'm not exactly sure why," Dr. Blum admits. While some argue it's the menthol in the balm that kills the fungus and others say it's the smothering effect of the thick gel, if used consistently, vapor rub has been shown to get rid of not just the fungus, but the infected toenail, too, which will turn black and eventually fall off. When the new nail grows in, it should be fungus-free. Photo: Thinkstock

Oatmeal to Soothe Eczema

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"This is absolutely true, as oats have anti-inflammatory properties," Dr. Blum says. Whether it's used as a paste or poured into a bath, most experts recommend choosing colloidal (finely ground) oatmeal and soaking the affected area for at least 15 minutes. In addition to reducing inflammation, oats are thought to have an antihistamine effect, Dr. Blum says. By lowering levels of histamine, which triggers inflammation as part of the immune system's recovery response, she explains, oats prevent or reduce the redness. Photo: Thinkstock


Original article appeared on WomansDay.com (http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/8-home-remedies-that-actually-work-115675?link=emb&dom=yah_life&src=syn&con=blog_wd&mag=wdy).

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Janice
02-26-2012, 04:17 PM
Hydrocodone has always been my fav. 1/2 a pill maybe 2 or 3 times a day max really makes a huuuuuuge diff. But most the time I refrain from taking any at all. But I am so conservative with them 1 script can last me a year or 2. I think my doc thinks I'm "up to something" or that I dont really need them. Too bad for me. I guess I should have lied and got the scripts refilled when expected. I'll be looking close at the alternatives here.

RobJohnson
02-27-2012, 02:10 AM
Some people swear by this (http://www.medicalmarijuana.net/uses-and-treatments/chronic-pain/)