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Aug 18, 2018 · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

My experience was hit and miss with ifacet injections. Sometimes things went well, others not. And 3-5 day wait isn’t unheard of I caution you not to get carried away and paint the house if it does provide relief, pain cycles need management on both ends of the spectrum. I would take advantage of a relief cycle to stretch your hamstrings, strengthen your core. I know it sounds counterintuitive but movement will actually help long term management

Oct 24, 2016 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Pretty in depth background of pain, chronic and acute. Daily exercise and interaction with a physical therapist. Relaxation, meditation bio feed back and other coping techniques together with occupational therapy. Very thorough information on drugs and their affects. Tobacco cessation for those that wanted it. Diet information The group dynamics were fantastic. The curriculum was a continuous cycle and group members joined as other “graduated” so there were always beginners, intermediate and experienced members to share experiences with. My family took advantage of the Friday family day lectures to learn what they should be doing to support but not “coddle”. I stayed at a local rooming house with a kitchenette and used the experience to re-set my lifestyle, I took it to heart, almost compulsively for the three weeks. Mayo offered a box full of tools and showed us how they worked. I chose the ones that worked the best for me.

Oct 24, 2016 · Chronic pain and medical marijuana in Chronic Pain

I have found my back pain reacts much like a river that floods and finds an easy course to flow. In other words stimulation be it chemical stimulus seems to set e up for a pain cycle. I have avoided self medication of all types and been very cautious with prescribed medications for over ten years now with pretty good success. My gray hair is testament to having lived thru the 60’s and 70’s and although it is tempting, I think I will continue my straight and narrow regiment of exercise and diet. It is working for me, not the most fun at time but neither is flopping around on the ground trying to find relief.

Oct 24, 2016 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I have lived with sports induced Spondylolisthesis for almost forty years now. I tried just about everything in my search for relief from the chronic pain. a bit more than 10 years ago I attended the Pain Management Clinic in Rochester and my life turned around. Yes I still have pain and understand I will until they can learn to repair damaged nerve endings. The up-side is I learned how to deal with it without medications, without missing out on family activities, with minimal deprival of “fun” things. It hasn’t been easy but life has been pretty darn good since my time at the clinic!