Re: OT - Chronic Pain Management Experience?
- From: "CatNipped" <CatNipped@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 12:30:43 -0500
"hopitus" <hopitus@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Oct 9, 10:21 am, "MaryL" <stanco...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
"CatNipped" <CatNip...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
It's been a month since my spinal surgery and, unfortunately, the pain
not gone away - which pretty much means there was irreversible nerve
damage done (and I won't get into all those doctors I went to for 2
who said nothing could be done, which prolonged the time the nerve was
pinched, which ended up causing the permanent damage). I've dealt with
constant pain in the past, having Fibromyalgia, but this is a whole
'nother level of pain from that.
I'm going to a chronic pain management clinic next Tuesday, but I'm not
really hopeful that much can be done - especially since I'm not willing
take the most popularly prescribed medications like Neurontin or Lyrica
(which mess with your brain chemistry, have horrific side effects, and
horrific withdrawal symptoms).
I'd like to have some data on pain management when I talk to the
but haven't been able to find anything helpful on the 'net. Has anyone
here dealt with chronic pain management? If so, which
drugs/procedures/diets/other have had the most effectiveness?
I would appreciate any and all advice and experiences.
I took my mother to a pain management specialist. She had previously
given medications such as Neurontin. The side effects were horrible, as
said. She had severe headaches and excruciating back pain. She was
85 years old at the time I "discovered" the pain management specialist
was not in physical condition for further surgery. This doctor was
remarkable. He was the only doctor out of all that I had taken her to
seemed to understand the full extent of her pain. Others did not want to
prescribe anything that would make her "drowsy," but she was in
pain. This doctor prescribed a patch that administered the medication at
continual, measured dosage. The patch had to be changed every three
That was so much better than pills or injections, where the medication
off and pain returns before it was time for the next dose. Ironically,
patch worked wonders and did not cause any drowsiness at all.
Unfortunately, Mother was bedridden by that time. However, her back
eventually healed sufficiently so that the patch could be discontinued.
That appears to me to be quite an efficient solution - the "patch",
Question for 'Nipped: prior to your surgery, I don't remember if you
you actually had pre-op *MRI* and *spiral CT* of affected spine
area(s). To my
limited knowledge (radiology) these two exams would have pinpointed
what was going on around these vertebrae to your surgeon re bone
nerve compression/pressure, and etc. They may still be of value at
Yes, I did have the MRI. They saw that the disc between C6 and C7 had
ruptured. There was also some bone overgrowth (stenosis) from when the
vertebrae were fractured and healed. Both the bone overgrowth and the
ruptured disc were pressing on the nerve on the right side.
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