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steel implants in my ankles, no relief in sight

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I have been suffering from debilitating pain sourced in my ankles for years. After a half dozen surgeries on each ankle I decided to move onto pain management. I didn't have a problem the first time finding a pain doc. After a move and a new doc that talked me into one last surgery that was a total failure I can't find a doctor willing to work with me. I've visited 2 that only want to cut my doses exponentially and not address my problem with chronic pain. I now have steel implants in my ankles that hurt worse than ever, no relief in sight and can't find a compassionate doctor. Is it something I'm saying? What can I do to get the help I need? I have medical history, prescription history, MRI reports etc..... what do I have to do to get my issue addressed? Help!?!

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replied December 16th, 2011
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

It is regretable that pain management therapies are not taken into account in some places.

In your case, it is not good to continue on opiod pain medications, as they can become addictive. Hence it is common for doctors to insist to reduce the drug dosage.

Management of the current pain can be tried with a combination of a lower dose of opiod medications (like Oxycontin) and a NSAID medication like Ibuprofen (advil) or a plain analgesic like Tylenol.

In addition, measures like weight loss, acupuncture, and physiotherapy will be very helpful to address your concerns of pain management.

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