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Subject: Clinical Trials?
Date Posted: 10/10/2007 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2007
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I was wondering if anyone has done any clinical trials?  Good experiences/bad experiences, please let me know.  Was the compensation worth the trial?  Just let me know your opinions, please.  There are a few chronic back pain trials in my area and I was thinking about seeing if I am aplicable, but I wanted some input first.

Thanks,

Layne

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 1:36 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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I've never been in one but I know a nurse who's been in one and my arthritis clinic does a lot of them.  I've been offered some, but I'm too far away to go there as often as required.  I go there for my osteopenia, not so much arthritis.

Are you likely to be in a control group and get no medication at all? I think only you can answer if the benefits would outweigh the risks.  Sometimes they don't release those drugs or perhaps find they aren't effective for that purpose.  I do like this clinic but sometimes I have to say "no, thank you" rather firmly and often. 

I was on Bextra, for instance, and it upset my stomach.  I don't think he quite believed me, but they later pulled Bextra totally.  Of course, sometimes a new drug can really work well so you never know.

 

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 3:03 PM ET
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Both of the ones I was looking at are in later phases, so there is no placebo.  They are just widening the test population.  Nothing else seems to work for my back pain, so it would be nice to try something new to see if it helped.

Edited because the typo fairy loves me :)



Last Edited on: 10/11/07 3:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/12/2007 11:29 AM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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I am the reaction queen to some things but then others don't bother me at all so I don't know what I'd do.  Now I wouldn't go near one for an antidepressant, lol  They don't like me.

I'm probably not even a good pain med person since nothing does much either though.  At least the Mobic and Feldene help my back.  Otherwise I would walk like my father did and he was about 80 then.  My back caught for the first time at 17, although it's not been bad all the time.  I have been on the floor for a few days from time to time though...no fun.

Good luck with your decision!