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    Posted: Jun/28/2017 at 11:40pm
Tonight on the city news they mentioned a great answer to pain meds meaning you can come right off them. One man said he took a hospital pain clinic course on Mindfulness for pain control and he has been receiving dilaudid injections for 12 years for horrible back pain and after learning this mindfullness he still has pain but gets his mind off it through this technique so he's off all opiods. 

I don't think this will work for everyone, maybe some people but even after getting nerve burn to my back I still need Fentanyl patch and percocet 3 a day. I wish to wish my pain away....

It's not the answer for everyone I'm sure but it may help some. Just like I tried medical marijuana and it's side effects won't work for me but a great number of people have been helped. 
I don't think there's going to be only one way of eliminating pain and getting drugs out of our tool box for helping pain. I'm sure many of us got therapy and took pain control classes. Not only that it's not even covered by any Health plan but they have free rehab programs, go figure. I could't afford the cost fo the hospital pain course never mind getting there for 12 weeks in a row to go downtown.

Thoughts anyone? Sara
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing Neck-reverse Lordosis of c-spine C6-C7 with impingement, numb hand and sore outer elbow. Bursitis to both knees. RN
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You are so right. There's no magic bullet for pain management and it's rare that any ONE treatment option will work. If so, we'd have heard about it a long time ago. I've always been a proponent of multidimensional therapies designed for each person.

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Mindfulness or cognitive behavorial therapy can work.
Thinking about other things, do tings to distract can help.

It is not however going to take all the pain away. I went through Cognitive Behavioral therapy.

I feel that using it in conjunction with other therapties does help a lot.

Has anyone else found mindfulness or CBT helpful?
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My Doctor years ago made me go to a Psychiatrist who taught that, biofeedback, and Progressive muscle relaxation. 

The only thing that helped me at all is the Progressive Muscle Relaxation which I still use to this day.

Could I relieve my pain to the point I wouldn't need pain meds. No.  But every little thing we can do helps and at times it will help me to put off taking a med for a few hours.  That's something for sure.

I personally think its worth giving things a try and if it helps at all, well thats just one more tool to add to your toolbox.

I remember once when I had to go to the ER, I was doing relaxation routine and the nurse came in and told me cut it out.  I asked why and she said she thought I was purposely trying to manipulate my blood pressure!  She was the most unpleasant nurse I have ever seen and being in pain that comment did not sit well with me.  When the doctor came in, I politely suggested that they not sent that particular nurse back into my room as I was not going to deal with her attitude at that particular moment.  I think my face said it all because I never saw her again.  Maybe she was just burnt out, she was probably early 60's.  It was probably time for her to get out of the profession.  All the other nurses at that hospital are outstanding.

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