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Opiate Cure Blog Forum to Post More Patient Stories from Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr.

It’s only been one day since the OpiateCureBlog.com Forum opened, but we’ve already had three former patients of Dr. Robert Cochran sign-up. All three patients have asked OpiateCureBlog.com what is or is not appropriate to post in the forum.

In truth, we can’t put limitations on the forum, or it’s not really a forum at all.

The following, are basic guidelines for the OpiateCureBlog.com Forum:

  • Refrain from using names, whether personal, names of physicians, and / or state medical board employees or directors. The Opiate Cure book has plenty of controversy, so there’s no need to put anyone in harm’s way.
  • Avoid using your name, or anything that would identify you.
  • Be honest, and as neutral as possible, allowing readers to judge for themselves.

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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

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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

Part Three – “Dr. Cochran Changed My Life”

Bipolar Disease According to Wikipedia:

In bipolar disorder people experience abnormally elevated (manic or hypomanic) mood states which interfere with the functions of ordinary life. Many people with bipolar disorder also experience periods of depressed mood, but this is not universal. There is no simple physiological test to confirm the disorder. Diagnosing bipolar disorder is often difficult, even for mental health professionals. In particular, it can be difficult to distinguish depression caused by bipolar disorder from pure unipolar depression.

The younger the age of onset, the more likely the first few episodes are to be depressive. Because a bipolar diagnosis requires a manic or hypomanic episode, many patients are initially diagnosed and treated as having major depression.

Manic episodes
Mania is the defining feature of bipolar disorder. Mania is a distinct period of elevated or irritable mood, which can take the form of euphoria, and lasts for at least a week (less if hospitalization is required). People with mania commonly experience an increase in energy and a decreased need for sleep, with many often getting as little as three or four hours of sleep per night. Some can go days without sleeping. A manic person may exhibit pressured speech, with thoughts experienced as racing. Attention span is low, and a person in a manic state may be easily distracted. Judgment may be impaired, and sufferers may go on spending sprees or engage in risky behavior that is not normal for them. They may indulge in substance abuse, particularly alcohol or other depressants, cocaine or other stimulants, or sleeping pills. Their behavior may become aggressive, intolerant, or intrusive. They may feel out of control or unstoppable, or as if they have been “chosen” and are “on a special mission”, or have other grandiose or delusional ideas. Sexual drive may increase. At more extreme levels, a person in a manic state can experience psychosis, or a break with reality, where thinking is affected along with mood. Some people in a manic state experience severe anxiety and are irritable (to the point of rage), while others are euphoric and grandiose. The severity of manic symptoms can be measured by rating scales such as the Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale and clinician-based Young Mania Rating Scale.

The onset of a manic episode is often foreshadowed by sleep disturbances. Mood changes, psychomotor and appetite changes, and an increase in anxiety can also occur up to three weeks before a manic episode develops.

Here’s the funny thing about bipolar (as stated above), “There is no simple physiological test to confirm the disorder.”

This is where Doctor Cochran played such a big role in my therapy. Only a doctor like Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr., who has enough experience/history working/treating patients who suffer from bipolar, can determine whether or not someone even has it. Think about that. Do you trust your family physician to determine this for you? Someone who deals with common colds and knee sprains is NOT going to have the experience or history of patients to even make the assessment of whether or not a patient has or does not have bi-polar disorder.

Here’s the interesting thing: When I asked Dr. Cochran “What are we treating? Is it bipolar causing pain, or pain possibly causing bipolar?, his response was ingenious – “Do you feel better with this treatment? Does it matter? Whether you do or do not have bipolar disorder is almost irrelevant. You have pain and your moods and pain are being stabilized as a result of our therapy.  If your’e receiving the benefits of the treatment and your suffering has subsided, it truly does not matter if you have it or not.”

Can you see from a patients perspective how good that made me feel? It deflated the angst and negative emotions that came with the thought of having bipolar. It was almost as if Dr. Cochran said, “Your’e cured, who cares whether you have it or not!” And, he was right. My mood swings and depression had almost completely gone away. My pain was so minimal, I forgot about it many days.

Pain – Let me tell you about pain. I’m 46 years young, fit, I’m 5’10″ tall and weigh 165 lbs. I am the picture of health. I was even recently asked to have photos taken of me for a men’s magazine where they wanted a “mature” male adult who looked in-shape for a medical ad. I almost laughed inside when I was asked to do this. Why? Because - There were days when I woke up (prior to being treated by Dr. Cochran) that I could hardly stand-up when getting out of bed. It felt like everything in my back had “locked-up” from sleeping in the wrong position (which I hadn’t) and was forcing me to “walk it off” and stretch for 10-15 minutes before leaving the bedroom. I still don’t know for sure, but I always felt coffee helped my back (?). After taking 1-2 hydrocodone pills, the pain would be barely manageable, but only for an hour. So, I’d be working in my office, in pain, unable to think, couldn’t focus, couldn’t write, couldn’t program, couldn’t function. I got so mad at times, I wanted to through my office chair through the window. I was tired of being in pain, and I was tired of being misunderstood by my doctor. Pissed OFF, in fact.

The FEAR of Addition (according to my ex-family physician)
Every time I met with my family physician  I left there feeling like I had a drug problem, when all I really wanted was relief. I felt so bad about myself on so many occasions, I actually considered treatment while taking only 3-4 hydrocodone pills per day. Prior to seeing Dr. Cochran, I was visiting my family physician every six months and receiving four 10mg hydrocodone tablets per day. Let me tell you, I could have taken ten of these per day and not found relief. As a result, I was running out early most every month, often taking five to six tablets a day. Then, of course, suffering from withdrawals and ridicule from my family physician each time I called for an early refill, or increased dosage. I would leave his office feeling so bad about myself. Like an addict. My doctor did not have a clue as to the pain I was dealing with. All he cared about was not giving me “too much pain medicine” for fear of ridicule from the state medical board. I “get it”. I understand the need to stay within boundaries, but this doctor was not helping me in any way. He was serving himself and “keeping it safe”. THIS is the norm for people deling with chronic pain – YOU ARE TOTALLY MISUNDERSTOOD, AND MADE TO FEEL HORRIBLE ABOUT YOUR PAIN. THIS HAS TO BE THE WORST POSSIBLE CRIME IN THE WORLD, FEELING BAD ABOUT WANTING RELIEF  AND BEING DEALT WITH AS IF YOU HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM.

Stay tuned for Part 4 of “Dr. Cochran Changed My Life”