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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…

Chronic Back Pain Sufferer’s Made to Feel Like Addicts

If your’e someone who suffers from chronic pain, we’d like your feedback. We are looking for comments from readers who have suffered the ridicule of being made to feel they had a drug problem, or made to feel like an addict while taking opiate medicines for chronic pain. In addition, we would like to know of any procedures you’ve received that both did, and also did not work to relive you of pain.

The following is a series of stories provided by our readers of the many different procedures they’ve received, and also the results of whether they did or did not work.

Again – We welcome your comments, feedback, and more stories about medical procedures you’ve experienced to hep with your chronic pain.

Addict / Patient #1
“In 2001, after remodeling a home in Nashville, Tennessee, I woke one morning in deep pain. My lower back was so sore, I could barely get out of bed. I waited before going to see my doctor, but after a few days, the pain did not subside.

I set the appointment and made my way to my family doctor. I explained the pain to my doctor and he told me I had probably strained my back and it would go way in time. Also, I should take 800mg tablets of Naproxen, if not mistaken.

A week later, the pain was getting worse. I set another appointment and returned to my doctor. This time, he prescribed three 5mg tablets of hydrocodone per day, until the pain was gone, or, one month.

After a month, the pain was actually worse. I again returned to my doctor, and this time he scheduled an MRI. I visited Cool Springs Imaging in Franklin, TN and had the MRI performed. The result? I had three ruptured discs between L1 and L4. For this, my doctor recommended seeing a specialist. I then went to a Vanderbilt pain management specialist, whom I will not name. His suggestion, a series of two epidural steroid injections. He also noted, he would not prescribe medications, because he did not believe in using them. For a period of three weeks, I was in great pain, and without any pain medication other than the Naproxen. The hydrocodone “will not be refilled” according to my family doctor. “Your pain issues have to be dealt with by the pain specialist”. (He might as well have said, “I’m washing my hands of you, and don’t come back!”)

Buy Doctor Cochran’s books today and SHARE THEM WITH YOUR DOCTORS! This is the ONLY way to educate the medical community of what it’s like to suffer from daily chronic pain!

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Addict / Patient #2
I went for the first epidural steroid injection and was given hydrocodone to deal with the pain of the injection, three 5mg tablets per day for seven days. The only relief I received from these treatments was from the medication received for dealing with the pain of the injections. No relief was taken from the injections, and I spent a fortune to do this procedure  Would not recommend them to anyone.

When I returned to my physician and explained that the relief came from the medication and not the injections, I was told I may have a drug problem, and to seek counseling  Are you serious?  5mg of hydrocodone, and I have a drug problem?

Addict / Patient #3
Recently, I visited my family physician and explained that the medication I received from a dental procedure has helped my back enormously. The medication was 10mg hydrocodone, and I was taking two pills [per day for my root canal. The funny thing was, the day following my root canal, I woke up and was able to walk. This was not common for me, as I typically had to walk around the house for 5 minutes, drink coffee and take aspirin before feeling good enough for a morning walk.

When I explained this to my physician, he cautioned me by saying, “Opiates are a slippery slope, and I;m not interested in helping you become an addict. If you found relief from these pills it’s because they are highly addictive, and I would recommend you stop taking them”.

WTF? What are people like us supposed to do when we’ve found relief, do NOT have a drug problem, and our doctors simply won’t listen to us? Are we bad people because we’ve found something that works, and yet can’t find a doctor who will listen? If I’ve read the information on this website clearly, Doctor Cochran seemed to understand this, and understand people like us who are tired of suffering, and need help. I’m buying his books and then finding a doctor who is open-minded and will work with me.

For all of you who have dealt with this same issue with pills and doctors, I applaud you for not stopping  This is ridiculous treatment we are receiving.

Addict / Patient #3
I encourage anyone reading this material who has dealt with a doctor accusing them of being an addict to use the share buttons on this site and start spreading the news (Sinatra!) about how people who suffer from chronic back pain need doctors who will at least TRY to understand their needs. I am so tired of being made to feel like I have a drug problem. I only wish my doctor could feel what it’s like to have pain every single day, and know how it effects your daily life. It’s awful. Doctors beware! We are coming, and we are bringing the ammunition found in Dr. Cochran’s books with us!!!!

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”