Are There Alternatives To Traditional Pain Medicines?

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Question: Hi, my name is Pat. I'm a chronic pain sufferer who's had pain for 29 years. I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I also have multiple orthopedic injuries in my back. I happen to be an individual who can't tolerate the traditional medicines that are given for pain management, and I'd like to know if there are any options out there presently that would help me deal with my pain.

Answer: Thank you Pat for you question. I'm sorry you've had pain for so long. And I'm sorry that the medicines you're taking aren't working real well. Let me try and help you.

When we deal with chronic pain, there are many different things we can try. Medicines are one thing. You may be aware of, or not aware of, there's a new medicine called Lyrica. It was recently approved by the FDA for fibromyalgia. It's a very interesting drug, works very well, helps decrease the hyperactivity in your brain that sends pain signals. That's one thing you may want to consider.

When we talk about pain and multi-disciplinary approach, physical therapy, aqua therapy, get in the pool, move around, be active -- it's good for you, good for your family. Try it; please try it. It really will help you.

Psychotherapy: The brain is the biggest nerve in your body. All your pain signals end up there. Remember there are ways to treat that -- biofeedback, relaxation, behavioral therapy -- try it. It really is important. You're not crazy, your pain is real. But there are specialists that can help that aspect of your pain. I think with doing a little bit of everything, you can get better. Let us try, and I really do hope you feel better. Thanks.

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