ALTERNATIVES FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

Posted by grandmaR @grandmar, Mar 31, 2018

Hello!
I was wondering if anyone tried cryo therapy or medical marijuana for pain management. If you did, how did they/it work?
Thanks
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

@sandytoes14

@grandmar I haven't tried cryotherapy or medical marijuana. What I found worked for me was accupuncture and controlled breathing. When my pain gets unbearable or a wave/spasm of pain comes over me,I focus on an object and take deep slow breaths. You may want to check out a post in Just Want toTalk. What Distracts you from the pain.
Here is the link https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-distracts-you-from-the-pain/?utm_campaign=search

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I, too, focus and take deep breaths when I'm feeling anxious.

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@jenapower

I would really like to hear more about the spinal cord stimulator. The pain I have is due to previously broken shoulder, multiple surgeries, and damage in my cervical and thoracic spine. I know the nerves are involved because my hands and part of my arms keep going to tingling/Pain/go to sleep. It gets better after an epidural and then after time comes back again. I have asked doctors about the stimulator, but I never really get a “sure we can do that” answer. I’m not sure if that’s because my issues come from more than one location, or if for some reason it wouldn’t be effective for me. Love to hear what anybody has to say about these. Thanks, Jennifer

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@grandmar

The trial was wonderful! I was in a lot of pain from peripheral neuropathy, in my feet. The stimulator reduced the burning pain in my feet by around 80%. The relief was so nice. I didn't feel any electrical sensations during the trial, and I don't feel anything with the permanent implant. I have the Burst DR stimulator, which is a new technology that treats the pain without vibrations like other simulators do. The only discomfort I experienced was the healing from surgery, which was no big deal. Because I'm thin, I feel the battery pack which is at the left side of my back, when I lie on my left side. Of course, I had the normal restrictions about lifting, bending or twisting after the surgery, which was an outpatient procedure. I know that the pain I feel today would be much worse without the implant.

Jim

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@jenapower

I would really like to hear more about the spinal cord stimulator. The pain I have is due to previously broken shoulder, multiple surgeries, and damage in my cervical and thoracic spine. I know the nerves are involved because my hands and part of my arms keep going to tingling/Pain/go to sleep. It gets better after an epidural and then after time comes back again. I have asked doctors about the stimulator, but I never really get a “sure we can do that” answer. I’m not sure if that’s because my issues come from more than one location, or if for some reason it wouldn’t be effective for me. Love to hear what anybody has to say about these. Thanks, Jennifer

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So happy you are getting relieve from pain

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@jenapower

I would really like to hear more about the spinal cord stimulator. The pain I have is due to previously broken shoulder, multiple surgeries, and damage in my cervical and thoracic spine. I know the nerves are involved because my hands and part of my arms keep going to tingling/Pain/go to sleep. It gets better after an epidural and then after time comes back again. I have asked doctors about the stimulator, but I never really get a “sure we can do that” answer. I’m not sure if that’s because my issues come from more than one location, or if for some reason it wouldn’t be effective for me. Love to hear what anybody has to say about these. Thanks, Jennifer

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Good Morning Jim,
That is so wonderful. I'm happy the stimulator is helping. Maybe it is time I look into it again. I am sure the technology has improved in the last few years. I am not at all concerned with the surgery or the restrictions. As my pain doc told me, "this is your new way of life." I know I need to adjust and I have my hubby who is reminding me all the time to be more aware of how I move.
Thanks for sharing the info with me!
Have a great day!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@jimhd

Right now, the pain that I'm dealing with is peripheral neuropathy pain in my feet. I tried without success every medication for neuropathy pain, as well as a number of other meds not specifically for neuropathy. I was happy if all they did was nothing. So many of them had side effects from minor to serious enough to be hospitalized. I had a spinal cord stimulator implant in June of last year and the pain was greatly reduced, but not eliminated. Over the past few months, I believe that the neuropathy is progressing, and along with that the pain. I take morphine sulfate contin, which is the only thing that has ever helped, along with Meloxicam and NSAIDS.

I've tried marijuana, which is legal here in Oregon, but it didn't help with the pain, and is too expensive. I have prescription lidocaine cream that I put on my feet to numb the pain. That gives me short term relief. Capzasin cream is said to help with nerve pain, but it didn't help me. My sister is sending me a spray that she has found very effective for pain control. I tend to be quite skeptical about anything that purports to be a miracle cure. But I'm willing to give things a try.

I'm looking forward to seeing what others have to say in this discussion.

Jim

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Typically if something sounds too good to be true…hmmmmm

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@johnbishop @jimhd and my other folks in the Chronic Pain and Neuropathy groups. I am writing under this thread because it seemed to fit. Has anyone heard about, tried, or is currently using the Quell Wearable Pain Relief technology. A local friend with neuropathy as well as other pain obstacles is getting relief with this form of treatment. The url is http://www.quell.com or http://www.quellrelief.com. Thanks….

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@artscaping

@johnbishop @jimhd and my other folks in the Chronic Pain and Neuropathy groups. I am writing under this thread because it seemed to fit. Has anyone heard about, tried, or is currently using the Quell Wearable Pain Relief technology. A local friend with neuropathy as well as other pain obstacles is getting relief with this form of treatment. The url is http://www.quell.com or http://www.quellrelief.com. Thanks….

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Hi Chris @artscaping — I've heard of the Quell Wearable Pain device but don't know anyone who has tried it. I don't have any pain with my PN just the numbness so it wouldn't help me. When I first started looking for answers for my PN numbness I tried a Zopec DT1200 tens unit with foot pads for a couple of months and it didn't help me although some others found some relief with it. I'm thinking the Quell device is a step up and works different and may help for some with pain but it would be good to get input from someone whose used one.

Thanks for posting!

John

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@lisalucier

Hi, @grandmar — sounds like you are in a lot of pain, and I'm sorry to hear that.

We definitely have some members who have tried some alternatives for pain management — cryotherapy, medical marijuana or other remedies. I'd like to invite some of them to come talk about how they worked, like @jimhd @cdcc @paladin121 @rmeddings @leh09 @allisonsnow @lauren123 @marield65 @virtuous69 @ayankeeinnm @jenapower. @sandytoes14 may also have some thoughts for you.

@grandmar — have you tried any alternative pain therapies? If so, how did they go for you?

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Medical Marijuana has been my choice for pain management along with meditation, yoga, and mindfulness. It takes some time to find the right mix of distribution options and to find a regimen that keeps your pain under control. When you have it all figured out….it seems that this rapidly growing and compassionate industry is ready to introduce new products and you once again revise your regimen. Major benefit….it works for small fiber neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy, at least the versions I have.

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Good Wednesday Morning,
Well, I went for my lumbar injections yesterday. By last night I was ready to jump out a window from the pain. Sitting in my chair all day was fine, but when I went into bed, ouch!!
I never had this happen. True, my pain was the worse it had been in a long time.
Still no relief today. Hoping within a couple of days things will settle down.

Hoping for a good result so that I can have a nice weekend.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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Hope you do have relief from pain soon wishing you well Linda

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@grandmar

Good Wednesday Morning,
Well, I went for my lumbar injections yesterday. By last night I was ready to jump out a window from the pain. Sitting in my chair all day was fine, but when I went into bed, ouch!!
I never had this happen. True, my pain was the worse it had been in a long time.
Still no relief today. Hoping within a couple of days things will settle down.

Hoping for a good result so that I can have a nice weekend.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@grandmar Hoping for a good weekend for you. Will keep you in my thoughts. Do you have something special planned?

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@artscaping

@johnbishop @jimhd and my other folks in the Chronic Pain and Neuropathy groups. I am writing under this thread because it seemed to fit. Has anyone heard about, tried, or is currently using the Quell Wearable Pain Relief technology. A local friend with neuropathy as well as other pain obstacles is getting relief with this form of treatment. The url is http://www.quell.com or http://www.quellrelief.com. Thanks….

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Have never heard of this…need to read up on it. Thanks

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@grandmar

Good Wednesday Morning,
Well, I went for my lumbar injections yesterday. By last night I was ready to jump out a window from the pain. Sitting in my chair all day was fine, but when I went into bed, ouch!!
I never had this happen. True, my pain was the worse it had been in a long time.
Still no relief today. Hoping within a couple of days things will settle down.

Hoping for a good result so that I can have a nice weekend.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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Hello!
No, nothing planned for the weekend. I haven't been able to plan for anything since my pain has been so bad. Just being able to get out for more than just coffee will be fine with me.
Actually, I think my lumbar shots are starting to kick in. My left side is improving. Waiting for the right side to catch up.
Hope you have a nice weekend.
ronnie

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@grandmar

Good Wednesday Morning,
Well, I went for my lumbar injections yesterday. By last night I was ready to jump out a window from the pain. Sitting in my chair all day was fine, but when I went into bed, ouch!!
I never had this happen. True, my pain was the worse it had been in a long time.
Still no relief today. Hoping within a couple of days things will settle down.

Hoping for a good result so that I can have a nice weekend.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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So glad your shots are working for you now have a great weekend my son a family will be back Sunday from a Disney cruise to Bahamas Can't wait to hear from grandson nice weekend to you

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Hi All, heard some wonderful ideas. Most of them I’ve tried, a few I haven’t, and will put on my list to check them out. My problem is, nothing last. A few things have worked extremely well the first time I’ve used them, up to 9 hours of relief on one product, however, the second time: back to the 4 hour time window. I have to be sure I medicate/treat my pain at the first inkling or it gets out of hand really quick and I’m sure we’ve all been there. One thing I’ve notice is that no one has mentioned ESSENTIAL OILS (EO). I’ve had a lot of success using EO, all natural with no side effects. I suggest an App ‘Reference Guide for Essential Oils’ cost $6.99, if you are interested; to educate yourself b4 you start to buy. EO’s can get expensive, but don’t have to if you are educated on which ones work for pain. Even Lavender will work for muscular pain. Thank you for all the ideas. One thing; Acupuncture worked great for me in the beginning. My Acupuncturist took me as far as he could in about 18 months – 2 years and cleared up a host of physical problems and pain I was having. We just could not clear the pain in my lower left leg, ankle, and upper left buttock along the panty line. Not for more than the day I saw him anyway. Once the pain was relieved for 2 days! I was estactic! Worked great for depression. Unblocked all of that. Wish all of you the greatest of success in finding that one thing that cures your pain. Don’t forget to pray, it works!

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