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Mar 24, 2018 · Politics of Pain in Chronic Pain

Whether it is electricity, freezing, or radio wave, these methods are all the same. they are designed to "cut/kill" the nerves that are causing the pain. I have had nerves cut (all of the 2nd branch and part of the 1st branch of he trigeminal nerve on the right side of my face. I think, though I could be wrong, that these procedures are not a permanent fix to the pain. I think most doctors/anesthesilogists are saying the relief can last up to 6 months. You might think this is a waste of time, but it is not. If you do get one of these procedures and get relief, then you may be closing in on a permanent fix for your pain problem. I say this because if you get relief, you KNOW what nerves are causing the pain. Always keep looking for a solution. I got about a month's worth of relief from my procedure. I was able to get a deep brain stimulator a year or two later. It cut my pain meds in half, and I was much more comfortable!!! They are making progress on chronic pain and controlling it, so what's not available right now might be available in the not too distant future!!! Good luck everybody!!!!

Mar 16, 2018 · Can I go from daily Morphine to pain control from CBD oil in Chronic Pain

I am glad you are finding relief, and using CBD to get it. Your question was whether you could switch from Morphine to CBD oil. I think you need to ask your pharmacist. The reason I say this is because you will likely have withdrawals from the morphine if you don't step it down, You can tell the pharmacist your pain is better and you no longer need the morphine any more. I'm guessing you are either taking MS Contin or something similar. You could try stepping it down yourself, but the safest thing to do is ask a pharmacist the best way to step it down so you are wearing a sweater in July (and still freezing cold) and you have the cold sweats. There's also nausea and throwing up which are possibilities from withdrawal. Good luck with your CBD, may you have long term relief for the years to come!!!
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Mar 9, 2018 · Has anybody had an implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain? in Spine Health

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I am a 34 year cancer survivor who had a ton of radiation to my head. This has caused scarring on my trigeminal nerve on the right side of my head. In 1995 I had a couple of branches of that nerve cut, which helped the pain for a few months. Then my nervous system found a way to "reroute" that message to my brain that I was still in pain. At that time i was on 300mg of oral morphine and still miserable. In 1998 I found out abouI have t deep brain stimulation and found a neurosurgeon who was doing them for pain in Georgia. After we talked an hour on the phone I went to see him. He decided I was an appropriate candidate and I had it put in in 1999. It did work for me, and cut my pain meds in half (plus my quality of life improved quite a bit because my pain was back under control). I have had it now for 19 years and it still helps with the pain. I think you said you have abandoned the idea of trying one of these. If you ever change your mind, do your research and find a good neurosurgeon who has experience with this surgery. I see Dr. Peter Konrad at Vanderbilt Hospital. He is very good, but he may not be a good geographical choice for you. Once you find a good neurosurgeon you are happy with, talk to them and see if you are an appropriate candidate for a stimulator. I have neuropathic pain from what they call osteoradialneucrosis ( my nerves being damaged so badly and dead bone in my head from all of the radiation I got years ago). Good luck in your search for relief. I do not know what part of the country you are from, but CBD oil and marijuana can be very helpful with chronic pain. Just google "marijuana and chronic pain." There are studies out there that show this, yet it is still considered a schedule 1 drug. Marijuana is illegal here in Alabama so I am out of luck. It is the only thing that has taken away all of my pain, and the pain clinic here where I live says that many patients will not try other medications they offer because the patients don't want to give up using marijuana. CBD oil should be legal in all states because it has very little THC (the ingredient that gets you high) in it. Do some research on the cannabidiol system. Very interesting. I wish you much peace and I hope you get relief soon!!!!