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Had a spinal fusion and suffering from constant pain. Impossible to get pain medication. What to do?

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I am in constant pain and getting pain medication is humiliating and almost impossible I had a spinal fusion 3 levels and my surgeon seems to have skipped town
Posted Fri, 15 Nov 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Anjana Rao Kavoor 1 hour later
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Though there is little you can do without taking pain relief medications for your back pain you could change the way you look at it and try to minimize the discomfort.
Generally looking after yourself might help you to feel better - for example by maintaining a good diet or taking regular gentle exercise. Change your position frequently to stay as comfortable as possible and prevent stiffness. Hot or cold packs may help to relieve some types of pain. Wrap them in a towel so that they don't hurt your skin. Hot water bottles can also be helpful. Try something to take your mind off the pain, such as listening to music, reading, watching television or chatting with a friend or family member. As simple as it sounds, it really can help.
Try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, relaxation tapes or a relaxing bath. These can help you to feel more comfortable and take your mind off the pain.

Please do not feel humiliated in seeking pain relief medications from your doctor. If necessary, give a feedback and request for change in medications as per available treatment protocols. Hope your surgeon is back soon.

I hope this helps.
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Dr.A.Rao Kavoor
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