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   Posted 6/12/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
wouldnt it be cool if they invented a pain recording machine where u wear this device for a day and it measured the intensity of your pain and your pain was recorded and simulated onto a disc and the doctor put the device on himself  and the pain would be replicated in its intesity just so he could understand what u were going through and help diagnose and treat your condition better, and if anything at least have some compassion and empathy for your pain
weird thought but i think it would be a good idea

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   Posted 6/12/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow Gabbs!!! Awesome idea. Sure might get across to some of these stubborn docs that we are NOT lying about our pain.

Keep up the weird thoughts!
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   Posted 6/12/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Anybody ever see the move The Doctor? It's an oldie but a goodie (on DVD now, I think). The doc gets cancer, and understands what it's like being a patient, so later he trains his interns by first making them become patients in the hospital, giving them a "fake" disease, and putting them in those dreaded backless gowns.

I really wouldn't want anyone else to hurt, but some way to help others understand what we go through. It's really the chronic, never-ending nature of the pain that I think is the worst. Most of us could take occasional bouts of acute painl We're a tough lot!


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   Posted 6/12/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Amen to this idea!  Not that I'm a mean person or vindictive in any way, & I totally love my NS and think he's wonderful & would never want anything to happen to him (I might need him again someday haha) but YES, if they could only feel for themselves just for a few days, what we have ALL THE TIME....!  As Lady says, sure, we can take the occasional bout of acute pain (have a baby once or twice, etc) and such but it's the constancy and never-ending-ness of the CP stuff that just wears you totally doc I've even talked to "gets that"---they all want to fix it, which is noble and understandable, but they just cannot imagine how we feel, day in & out, over & over again....

Oh this ^&#^%&^ weather!  Rain again now, high winds & hail, dropping barometer----just kills me!  We had terrible storms all weekend & then Mon-Wed was dry & sunny & my pain levels dropped a lot---but now are back up there along w/ this lousy dampness....sorry Lady, you're getting it later....just talked to a pal in Minnesota who had it yesterday (she had a PLIF like l did) and she was so miserable she almost went to the ER.....Any inflamation is made worse by low pressure/rain/dampness etc....just what we need, huh!  On top of everything else!  Lots of terrible flooding in the state, we didn't have that, so there is a lot to be thankful for.  But the pain...Owwwww!  Ohhhh!  We need to move to Arizona!

Ice, Valuim & Chardonnay....carry on! :)

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Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak.  2nd surgery caused sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot,  increased spinal instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & worsened DDD @ L4/5
Jan.  08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery w/pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time) & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after total discectomy @ L4/5. 

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   Posted 6/12/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually pain recording machines exist and so do pain inducing machines. The first registers the level of pain by tapping directly into the nervous system and the second administers pain in the same way. As far as I know both haven't been integrated into one yet (for the obvious reason there is no real purpose except screw your doctor); but the technlogy involved is rather rudimentary and I think we could come up with a working model within a matter of weeks.

Question is of course whether you want that same doctor to treat you again afterwards, I wouldn't recommend it. That thing coming at you really fast is probably his fist and the tbe around your neck probably his stetoscope.

And not even going to think about the legal implications and how you're goign to defend this in court.

You should try to get hold of the movie "The Doctor" though, really worth it.
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   Posted 6/13/2008 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Morgoth that is great news! I am thinking they need to implement this into med school myself! They already have to spend countless hours being their classmates guinea pig,being stuck,poked,prodded,and examined as well as the countless hours spent in the Gross anatomy labs so what the heck? Why not induce a little pain so they can experience that as well?

The really good thing that makes my Doc such a wonderful Doc? And I love him so well I really wish he was into this but he has had 2 failed back surgeries and a knee replacement and he is a tried and true CPP himself. His wife is also his Nurse so she is even great at being a caregiver and understanding the moods we approach them in. He was a football player in high school and college and even went to med school on a football scholarship and unfortunately it left him with a wore out torn up body but he keeps plugging right along for his patients! What a Godsend he is and dont I wish all of you could come here and become his patient.

He is the second one I have had as I made a temp move years ago out west and lo and behold my PM there was a cancer survivor and she was almost as good as he is.

So all in the more they actually experience the better it seems to make them. Maybe a prerequisite for med school? Just like I believe all Nurses should have first been a patient and this is especially true of labor nurses,they should have been there first before being over top of me while I was attempting to deliver a watermelon redface
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