Pain

Chronic pain

About Chronic pain

Pain is a feeling set off in the nervous system. Acute pain lets you know that you may be injured or have a problem you need to take care of. Chronic pain is different. The pain signals go on for weeks, months, or even years. The original cause may have been an injury or infection. There may be an ongoing cause of pain, such as arthritis or cancer. But in some cases there is no clear cause.

Problems that cause chronic pain include

  • Headache
  • Low back strain
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Pain from nerve damage

Chronic pain usually cannot be cured. But treatments can help. They include medicines, acupuncture, electrical stimulation and surgery. Other treatments include psychotherapy, relaxation and meditation therapy, biofeedback, and behavior modification.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Top Medications for Chronic pain according to our users

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All Medications for Chronic pain

  • Pain reliever > Opioid

    • Fentanyl
      Prescription only

      Duragesic (Fentanyl) is an excellent pain reliever, but should only be used by people who've tried other opioid pain medications and still need more relief.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Patch
      • Patch extended release
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Mouth spray
      • Lozenge
      • Buccal tablet
      • Nasal spray
    • Methadone
      Prescription only

      Methadose (Methadone) works well for moderate to severe pain especially nerve-related and complex pain and is effective for maintenance opioid addiction treatment. You need to be careful with dosing.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dispersable tablet
      • Liquid
      • Powder for solution
    • Morphine sulfate
      Prescription only

      Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) provides good long-term pain control without the need to take medicine frequently, but watch out for constipation.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Oral solution
      • Liquid
      • Suppository
    • Oxycodone
      Prescription only

      Oxycontin (Oxycodone) provides options for treating both short and long-term moderate to severe pain, but no matter how long you take it, you’ll need to watch out for constipation.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Oral solution
      • Liquid
    • Tramadol
      Prescription only

      Ultram (Tramadol) works well to treat severe pain and mood changes. Although it's a little weaker than other opioids, it can still be addictive.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Extended release capsule
      • Dissolving tablet
    • Vicoprofen
      (Hydrocodone / Ibuprofen)
      Prescription only

      Ibudone (Hydrocodone / Ibuprofen) works well for moderate to severe pain, but it shouldn't be used long-term.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Pain reliever > Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)

  • Antidepressant > Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA)

  • Antihypertensive > Alpha agonist

    • Kapvay
      (Clonidine)
      Prescription only

      Clonidine is a non-stimulant option to manage ADHD symptoms and behaviors, but it can lower your blood pressure.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Extended release

Medication side effects for Chronic pain

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for abdominal pain.

  • Oxycodone: 5%
  • Tramadol: 15%
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At this end, no one is expected to have abdominal pain

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Chronic pain

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
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  • Educate yourself on your condition so you can be informed and stay updated on clinical trials
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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Sleeping well
  • heat pad
  • Fentora
  • Fentora
  • Dilaudid
  • heat pad