Re: OT - Chronic Pain Management Experience?
- From: "CatNipped" <CatNipped@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 12:28:40 -0500
"MaryL" <stancole1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"CatNipped" <CatNipped@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
It's been a month since my spinal surgery and, unfortunately, the pain
has 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 years
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
to 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 doctor,
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.
You might also want to look into TENS units (which can be extremely
expensive, so make sure your insurance will cover it). That was very
helpful to my mother after she had her surgery. She discovered that the
unit was helpful at first but not so helpful after a period of time...but
by that time, the healing process was well underway. On the other hand,
her pain came much later in life. She did not have the type of pain you
described after the surgery that I think was similar to yours. That
surgery brought almost immediate relief to her. I hope yours will be as
effective, even though yours obviously is taking more time.
Thanks! Someone else in this thread mentioned the TENS unit too - I'm
definitely going to look into that.
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