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September 7, 2016

Pain Awareness Month

By Alyse Brunella

We get it… chronic pain sucks. It can affect every part of your life and finding relief can feel like a full-time job. As part of National Pain Awareness Month, learn more about pain management from Mayo Clinic.

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I suffer pudendal neuropaty. I would like to make the 3 weeks program of the pain rehabilitation center, but I can’t be seated. The activities needs me to be seated ? or do I have an alternative?
to know more about this I should speak by telephone? I live in argentina and can’t go for an appointment without previous research

I have suffered with chronic pain since 1993…due to failed back surgeries. I would appreciate any and all suggestions on dealing with this pain and trying to survive it on a daily basis..I am not being treated for my pain at this moment, can not find a pain doctor. Any help with any of this or comments I would appreciate.

@gina54

I have suffered with chronic pain since 1993…due to failed back surgeries. I would appreciate any and all suggestions on dealing with this pain and trying to survive it on a daily basis..I am not being treated for my pain at this moment, can not find a pain doctor. Any help with any of this or comments I would appreciate.

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I also suffered from chronic back and neck pain.
I’m going to Yale New Haven Pain Clinic. After trying different tactics, i.e. therapy, acupuncture, spinal blocks and all failed Yale burned my nerves and so far I have little or no pain for 7 months. I no longer take any pain medication.
My neck is a different story. Medication doesn’t touch the pain. Many treatments are out of the question because of close proximity to my brain. I wear a neck brace when it’s really bad.
Ask your doctor about this method of pain relief.
Funny thing about pain. No one sees blood, a cast, wheelchair or other “in plain sight” reasons for sickness when you have pain. You don’t understand pain until you experience it.
And good luck.

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@gina54

I have suffered with chronic pain since 1993…due to failed back surgeries. I would appreciate any and all suggestions on dealing with this pain and trying to survive it on a daily basis..I am not being treated for my pain at this moment, can not find a pain doctor. Any help with any of this or comments I would appreciate.

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I read your mail and wish to share my experience. I was unfortunately involved in two serious (separate) car accidents caused by drunken drivers.

I went to a neurologist who referred me to another specialist who dealt with neck injuries. I had the nerve ends burnt off in theatre and it helped and was very successful. However the pain came back and I had it done twice again.

Fortunately my medical aid advised that long term this treatment could cause greater harm and that ultimately I would have serious nerve damage which could not be corrected. They offered to pay for a year’s rehabilitation at a Musculoskeletal Treatment Center. The treatment was a life changing experience. The clinic measures your neck movement range and pain levels. By means of advanced medical equipment and exercises plus physio-therapy and massages by qualified medical staff they taught me how to strengthen my neck and posture.

I have also found that not wearing heavy clothing(jackets) and jewelry around my neck also prevented pain. I am a different person who doesn’t live “pain” anymore.

I hope that this may be of assistance.

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@gina54

I have suffered with chronic pain since 1993…due to failed back surgeries. I would appreciate any and all suggestions on dealing with this pain and trying to survive it on a daily basis..I am not being treated for my pain at this moment, can not find a pain doctor. Any help with any of this or comments I would appreciate.

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I’m so sorry about your accidents. Also very angry they were caused by drunk drivers.
Thank you for the information about nerve burning. I’ll be sure to ask next time I have an appointment.
By the way, I also take Garbapentin, the only prescription that really worked for me. Have you tried it?

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I had bilateral inguinal hernia surgery in the early 2000’s. Unfortunately, the surgeon entrapped one of the inguinal nerves in the repair mesh. This is a source of intractable pain as the nerve is stitched into the repair. After the original surgeon ran me around for 2 months, I got a second opinion. This surgeon’s Resident (!) diagnosed the problem in 5 minutes, literally. So, pain management. The PM doctor was excellent. He tried meds, topicals, nerve block, and finally transsection (burn) of the nerve. Glorius relief for about a year, then apparently the nerves partially knit back over time. So Loooong story, if I sit for long periods, especially driving which I did virtually every day in my job, I get reminder pain. The solution is patches of 4-5% lidocaine, about 90% effective. Advil takes care of the rest. Thank God for Aspercreme coming out with 4% patches, as my insurance will no longer cover Lidoderm 5% patches. My cost would be $190-385 for 5. So. other stuff with malignant bladder tumor and a kidney removed for cancer. Cancer free for 5 years. Lucky. A little touch of discomfort occasionally is small in comparison.

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