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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  • 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.

    • 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 for pain. 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
  • Elavil
    (amitriptyline)
    Prescription only

    Elavil (Amitriptyline) is an older antidepressant that's sometimes used to treat pain and sleep problems, but it can have more side effects than similar medications.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Kapvay
    (clonidine)
    Prescription only

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

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • Anafranil
    (clomipramine)
    Prescription only

    Anafranil (Clomipramine) is helpful in treating OCD, but it can have a lot of side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Vicoprofen
    (hydrocodone / ibuprofen)
    Prescription only

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

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • 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

Medication side effects for Chronic pain

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

  • Oxycodone: 5%
  • Fentanyl: 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

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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • heat pad
  • Dilaudid
  • Fentora
  • Fentora
  • heat pad
  • Sleeping well