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Former Patients of Nashville’s Dr. Robert Cochran Seek Solution

In December 2012, Dr. Robert Cochran retired from his pain management practice. Usually, when a doctor retires their patients seek a referral and continue on with life. According to some of Dr. Cochran’s former patients, the transition has been “anything but easy”, according to Mary Z. of Nashville Continue reading

Audio Interviews with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. Now Online

Two interviews with Dr. Robert Cochran are now online and ready for listening. The two interviews go in-depth with Dr. Cochran explaining the many challenges of treating patients with opiates who suffer from bipolar disorder and/or chronic pain. The stories he tells will make you aware that this level of suffering is not common, and common remedies did not seem suitable solutions.

Interview Part 1: Click Here

Interview Part 2: Click Here

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Part 2 – Audio Interview with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. on Music City View

Music City View host, Drew Bourke, sat down with Dr. Robert Cochran for an in-depth interview about opiates, his practice, and what patients are like who suffer from bipolar and extensive pain.

“Interestingly enough, Dr. Cochran is well aware of how many people who seek opiates to help with back and neck pain, will resort to buying them on the street. His patients have been honest with him on this topic and also helped him understand the depth of the pain they suffer, and also the extent they will go to find relief.

Anyone interested in learning more about opiate pain management, opiates, and their effect on bipolar disorder and chronic pain should acquaint themselves with all three of Doctor Cochran’s books. The Opiate Cure, though the last in the series, is a great place to begin”, according to Mr. Bourke.
(Available at Amazon.com in soft cover and Kindle versions)

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Part 1 – Audio Interview with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. on Music City View

Music City View host, Drew Bourke, recently sat down with Dr. Robert Cochran for an in-depth interview about his retirement, and the many challenges he faced as a cutting-edge physician.

“I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. Our conversation was intriguing, thanks to the many facets of Dr. Cochran’s career, and of course, the controversy surrounding the three books he authored, The Opiate Cure, Understanding Chronic Pain and Curing Chronic Pain”, according to Mr. Bourke.
(Available at Amazon.com in soft cover and Kindle versions)

Dr. Cochran explains the challenges he and many other physicians are facing who have tried to introduce what are considered, “unconventional treatments” into the mainstream medical community.

Dr. Cochran retired in December 2012, though his work is apparently not yet complete.

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Finding the Right Pain Management Clinic Not So Easy for Nashville Residents

After Dr. Robert T. Cochran’s departure from practicing medicine, OpiateCureBlog.com has received many questions and suggestions regarding finding a replacement for Dr. Cochran. As an editorial blog, we are not permitted to provide suggestions or even reviews of pian management doctors and clinics, but we can help patients needing help finding a doctor or clinic a little easier. Continue reading

Calling All Former Patients of Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr of Nashville

Are you a former patient of Dr. Robert T Cochran Jr? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be assembling a series of interviews and articles for reading here at OpiateCureBlog.com. All of these articles and interviews are about the care patients received from Dr. Cochran during his years of service as a pain management specialist in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Words from Patients – “Five Days in a Row Without Back Pain”

If you don’t suffer from chronic pain, then this article will not make sense to you. Don’t worry, you’re not being insensitive either. People who don’t suffer from chronic pain simply don’t think about pain. Whereas people who suffer chronically, have no choice but to think about pain.

Pain is a part of my daily life, and so is depression. So much in fact, that the quality of each day is often determined within 10 minutes of waking up. Or, in some cases, 10 minutes of getting out of bed because I’m already awake from a poor night’s sleep.

Rare is it, that I have a full-day free from pain, Even rarer is to have two. I wrote this and sent it to OpiateCureBlog.com because I have now had FIVE DAYS FREE FROM PAIN, and I know why, AND, it needs to be shared.

As all former patients of Doctor Cochran were, I was probably one of the saddest to see him go. I’ll leave that right there where it is.

My first visit with Dr. Richard Adkins went okay, but he immediately reduced my medication, which scare the hell out of me.

My second visit with Dr. Richard Adkins, I noticed a more-compassionate doctor than the first visit. In fact, he was careful to explain why he had cut my medications back, and also explained why it was important to try new treatments, in addition to continuing opiate medications.

Habit is a difficult thing to break, especially when you’re not fully aware that your’e being lead by it. Dr. Adkins was right, I had come to depend on opiates to feel better, and he even made the statement, “That’s okay. It’s been your only option. Let’s try some things and see if we get results”.

Six days ago, we did just that. we began administration of a steroid that will help lubricate the smashed disc in my lower back. Honesty, I did not have faith in this, since I’d already had two epidural steroids. But on day two of taking the medication and the opiates I woke up to something I hadn’t felt in a long, long time – No Pain. None.

It is now day five as I write this, and I have been completely pain-free for over 5 days, and this is the first time I can remember this feeling in over ten years.

I did ask Dr. Adkins about taking the opiates, and I loved his response  “When it’s time to stop, you’ll know”. Somehow, that brought me comfort. He’s not in a hurry to get me “med free”, and he’s leaving the process of tapering or even quitting up to me. I guess I do know why that brought me comfort – Until Dr. Cochran, I was in a lot of pain, and the thought of stopping the one thing that has helped, well, it scares the hell out of me.

For those of you frustrated by the change of posts, give it some time. If you haven’t seen Dr. Adkins at least three times, and been completely honest with him about your pain on every visit, then how could he expect to trust or possibly heal you? Pain management is a two-way street. You have to get specific in order for any doctor to help or heal you.

Go to him in full honesty, share your pain in detail, and share your concerns. I did, and am now reaping the rewards. I have to say, it is truly amazing to not be in pain. To wake up and jump out of bed the past five days has been incredible. And twice, I have forgotten to take my medications. Why? Not sure I need them anymore.

Only time will tell…

Pain or Depression – Which Comes First?

As a former patient of Dr. Cochran’s, I asked him this question: “Does my depression come from my pain, or does my pain come from my depression?

Dr. Cochran’s answer was what I expected, “It’s different for everyone”. And, he’s right.

But, his answer did make me wonder which is true for me, so I started doing some research. Not on the Web, not in any doctors journals, but right here at home. I began by creating a “Daily Pain Diary”. I could just as easily named this my “Daily Depression Diary”.

For almost a month, I wrote down how I felt each day, noting the pain 1 – 10, and the depression 1 – 10. I did notice these two go hand-in-hand. When I have pain, I have depression.

A week into my studies, I began noting which seem to come first, pain or depression. Viola! I found it. Hidden in my own head, just needing to be documented and studied.

My Pain vs. Depression Conclusion
Form me, my depression is a result of my pain, and everything starts in the morning.
I’ve either had a good night’s sleep or I haven’t. I either wake up in pain or I don’t. On the days my pain was low, so was my depression. On the days that I awoke in pain, rough night’s sleep, I felt depressed, knowing I had a rough day in front of me.

Clarity really came when just recently I’ve had three days without any pain. These have been the best days I’ve had in a while. And, here’s the kicker – Dr. Adkins (Dr. Cochran’s replacement) has a lot to do with feeling good these past few days. It appears a mix of opiates to help the pain and prednisone (a steroid) to help the problem are working together and making the past few days outstanding.

I owe a big thanks to both Dr. Cochran and Dr. Adkins for this.

Read more about this topic at Nashville Medical News.

Interviews with Doctor Robert Cochran of The Opiate Cure Raises Web Traffic

In early March 2013, Starmaker PR Group / Music City View posted a series of Interviews with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. The nearly 60-minute interview was hosted by Drew Bourke of Music City View, and featured candid questions for Dr. Cochran regarding his activity with the state medical board and the prescribing of opiates to his patients for the treatment and cure of both bipolar disorder, and also chronic pain syndrome.

In the interview, Dr. Cochran is careful not to step on the toes of the state medical boards or the pharmaceutical companies, but there seems to be an underlying tone of discontent with the “higher up’s” regarding their treatment toward doctors using them to treat pain management, and perhaps more radically, bipolar disorder.

The interview was broken into three segments, making it easier for people to download and listen on their phones, or while driving in their car.

You can download the episodes by clicking the links below:
Interview with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr – Part 1
Interview with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr – Part 2
Interview with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr – Part 3