physical therapy & pain management

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GSDgirl
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   Posted 7/8/2010 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
The neurologist that I saw a few weeks ago said my headaches were not migranes but instead cervical headaches.  I don't know, often these headaches lay me flat out and the only thing that helps is to take a few somas to fall asleep. 
 
So he is sending me to a physical therapy place that also is pain management.  My rheumy highly recomended aqua therapy and definately no rubber bands.  I go for the initial visit tomorrow and they are going to send me to their aqua therapy place just up the road, YES!!! 
 
Everything I was taking does not touch the pain anymore, soma, fioronol, & ultram (not all at once) and in the past P.T. has only made the pain worse.  I have had the injections in my neck which did nothing and do not want any more. 
 
I really hope they come up with something that works.  My GP is good about scripts but I really don't want to ask him for anything stronger................I just want to find something that works.  Wish me luck 
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR/cleared),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress, cervical headaches, porphyria-PCT, IBS
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 


crazykitty
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   Posted 7/8/2010 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Denise, good luck with the PT, hoping it will help you. I've done PT in the past and
found it to be great. The therapists are so knowledgeable about teaching the perfect
excercise for each specific problem. I still do them and am helped.

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements
 
 


sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 7/8/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Denise just wanted to say that I hope this works for you. Let us know if this is helping you please.
Gentle Hugs
Shirley
DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
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Acheybody
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   Posted 7/8/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, Denise! I haven't had luck with PT myself, but I know a lot of other people have. Hopefully, you'll be one of them.

Achey
   Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
This too shall pass....


Sheila1366
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   Posted 7/8/2010 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope it all works out for you.
Fibromyalgia,arthritis,raynauds syndrome,gastroparesis,IBS,depression,severe costochondritis
 
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GSDgirl
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   Posted 7/9/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Update on pain management doc............He was very nice first of all.  His theory is that we need to pace ourselves and expect pain when we overdo.  Because my neck is the worst today he doesn't feel I have fibro.  Will not prescribe anything for the cervical headaches and said to get off the soma, my only drug that helps.
 
He feels that because I am so active that I don't have fibro, I didn't really get a chance to tell him about all the other aches.  He doesn't believe in drugs for pain, at least my pain and believe me I didn't ask for any and wouldn't have gotten any if I did ask.
 
His theory is that the pain will always be there and he can't or won't make it go away.  Even a brief respite would be wonderful.  He also is not into herbals at all. 
 
My pain level (to me) today is a 7.  The way he explained it because I can function it is a 3 and an 8 is an emergency room trip.  So he feels that my pain levels are between 3 & 5 tops.  If he had my headache He would call it a 7. 
 
He said if it got worse to call for trigger point injections, had them before and they didn't do much.  I guess my appt was a bust.  He does acknowledge that my neck is a mess and not a surgical fix.
 
I honestly can't take the neck, head and all over pain but have been doing it for 15 years now so I guess I will keep-on-keepin'-on.
 
He suggested physical therapy which I will look into in the fall (I guess) 
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR/cleared),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress, cervical headaches, porphyria-PCT, IBS
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 


crazykitty
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   Posted 7/9/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Denise, your new pain doc infuriates me! I don't know how he can tell you that you
do not have fibro and then to proceed to tell you what he thinks your pain level is.

You must be upset to say the least. I would be hesitant to return to doc who doesn't
believe in treating pain or for that matter doesn't believe you are suffering in the
first place. I hope you can find a doctor who is willing to help you.

My heart goes out to you!

hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements
 
 


GSDgirl
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   Posted 7/9/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The thing that I don't understand is that if I really had migranes I would be given something but since they are cervical headaches I am S.out of luck. 
 
This doc will never write a script for anything and even told me to get off of soma which is one of the things that actually help.  I don't understand, just because I am still active he feels that I can handle my chronic pain (his words).  I don't want heavy drugs, just something that will kick the neck pain / headache.
 
Thanks crazy
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR/cleared),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress, cervical headaches, porphyria-PCT, IBS
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 

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