Originally Posted by spine95
Heck, a number of years ago, a psychiatrist talked me into going off ALL sched IIs because he said my pain was rebound pain from the meds.
There must have been an article or study in a medical journal around that time, because I had 2 neuros and one other doctor try to ram that one down my throat all within a year. It's like it was the fad of the month or something.
I've experienced rebound pain - several times - so I know the phenomenon is real - unquestionably - but I've never had any problem distinguishing it from chronic pain (CP) - it feels different
. When I told that to the last guy, he dismissed (disbelieved) me and asked, "How do you know
it's not rebound?" My response was, "How do you
know it is
?" When I related this to my PCP, he got a real chuckle (and agreed with me).
I can't speak for other patients; I don't know how common or uncommon it is for CP patients to be able to distinguish the difference between CP and rebound pain (and I'm not aware of any statistics or studies about this) but I sincerely doubt I'm the only one. IME, the two types of pain are so
different that it's difficult for me to imagine that others cannot
tell the difference, but I'm not so arrogant (like some doctors) as to dismiss/disbelieve someone who says they cannot differentiate.
Out of curiosity, can you tell the difference?