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Mitch

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Tucson

Health Interests
Autoimmune diseases, Chronic pain, Immune disorders, Neurology (brain and nervous system)

Posts (52)

Dec 22, 2019 · Do CBD products cause positive drug tests? in Chronic Pain

I would research this as my understanding it does. I would consult your local licensed Marijuana dispensary for the most accurate info. You sure want to error on the safe side.
Good luck

Dec 16, 2019 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

MFR is a special type of PT that is designed to NOT be painful in order to get relief. It’s a slow deliberate treatment that slowly releases the fascia by either pushing, pulling, or stretching the fascia. It has worked wonders for me.
When searching for relief, make sure the treatment is done by a PT that has been trained by the pioneer John Barnes. It’s a very specialized type of PT.
Good luck

Dec 13, 2019 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Hi.
I too have been on a long journey of finding pain relief after several failed back surgeries. MFR therapy that I went through at Therapy in the Rocks in Sedona Az has really made my life so much better. I’ve been doing once a week MFR therapy , which helped open the door as it was the only treatment that helped with my spine, neurological issues, physical activities etc. But I really needed intensive therapy as once a week was not cutting it.
It’s a 2-3 Week intensive therapy program where you have 2-3 treatments per day!! Which has made a dramatic improvement in my quality of life. It’s no cake walk but you can start to feel and see the changes within the first 3-4 days. It’s not cheap but I would recommend it to all who have tried everything under the sun. If not able to go to the John Barnes facilitates , then I’d look for a PT that specializes in MFR.
GOOD LUCK

Dec 10, 2019 · Sciatica in Spine Health

I too had sciatica pain more than once and saw specialists, and PTs. The consensus is if you are diligent in stretching those hamstrings, the pain will usually go away in its own, as long as you are consistent in doing the exercises. This will take some time, a few weeks before you hope to see results, but is always better than having a more radical approach. Having epidurals for this condition usually are not effective for very long, if at all, and you want to avoid injections in your spinal area at all costs due to possible scarring. Of course this is based on you not having any other issues that are more serious.
Good luck and hope this helps.

Nov 23, 2019 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Have you looked into trying Myofascial release therapy or MFR? I too have had trouble standing or sitting for more than 5-10 minutes before my feet start to burn. Since I’ve been having MFR therapy, I have been able to do much more , still have some pain but is tolerable enough to enjoy life. I too was very active but a fall and 5 back surgeries, including a spinal fusion, a Neuro stimulator, and many more alternative options gave me no hope until I found the benefits of MFR. It’s a specialized form of PT, so if you do pursue, be careful to make sure the therapist has had the special training.
Good luck and hope things improve your quality of life !

Nov 15, 2019 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I have had CRPS for over 5 yrs so I’m sorry to hear about your situation. I have tried so many different treatments that only helped temporarily or didn’t help at all.
I was finally introduced to MFR, or Myofascial Release. It is a very specialized form of PR, but with so much more experience and specialized training.
I have been given a new lease on my quality of life since finding this type of therapy.
I would suggest to look in your area for someone who has been trained and certified by the John F Barnes treatment of MFR. Don’t accept someone who SAYS they know who to do MFR, they need to be trained in that specialty, not just regular PT.
GOOD LUCK

Nov 15, 2019 · Has anybody had an implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain? in Spine Health

Hi Jim,
I had a Medtronic Stim unit implanted for over a year back in 2014 and had it removed after a year of having it adjusted over and over. I had a temporary implant that I felt helped so I went and had permanent implant. I now know that it was premature in feeling it was working. I guess I was holding on with a feeling that I was getting relief. It ended up being a false relief because I wanted it to be. I now have major scar tissue that is causing pain in different ways.
I would highly recommend that you do plenty of research, look at the surgeons results, try to get testimonials before going under the knife. Once you are cut, you can’t go back ! Good luck

Nov 15, 2019 · CRPS - anyone suffering with complex regional pain syndrome in Chronic Pain

I have had CRPS for over 5 yrs. I have tried pretty much what all of us had tried before- epidermals, lumbar blocks, etc. My disease causes my Right Big toe to feel like an over inflated balloon that’s ready to pop. I tried a Medtronic Spinal Neurostimulator but had it removed after a year as no relief and ineffective. So I had it removed. After trying traditional and alternative medicine, I found Myofascial Release Therapy, or MFR. It has had a profound and positive in my quality of life and has given me hope of living with SOME pain, but not the debilitating pain before. I still need to take pain medications, but my quality of life has been improved beyond expectations.
In fact, I am currently being treated at the Sedona facility Therapy in the Rocks for intensive therapy. In 4 days, therapy has eliminated terrible pain in my feet when I wake up in the morning and foot pain as I’m going to bed, among other positive results that I will discuss at a later date. It’s not cheap but if you’ve tried everything, and you think there’s no hope. Think again. Even if you look in your area for a specially trained MFR therapist, it could make a huge change in your life. Might take several sessions but it’s worth it.
Good luck in finding relief.