I agree PA lady, thats why I inquired about the cortisone injection. My pain specialist can actually put you under a light anesthesia or you can be awake (I have done both, awake isn't that bad) & they put you under a special light & can actually inject the cortisone with some pain medication to the precise affected area. I usually get about 30% relief for a few weeks when I have it done. I also met some people in the waiting room who were also having either the same or similar procedures.... one lady even said she was pain free for almost a year. Now that was my first time & was quite excited, unfortunatly I have such severe injuries it just isn't in my deck of cards. There is some minor pain, nothing unbearble, for a day or two. I was inquiring about the prednisone because I know what a rou gh drug it is. I had double pneumonia in my early 20's & was very sick. They had me on so much of that stuff I blew up from a size 4 to a 14 in a matter of months. I understand it was for my own good, but I have never been able to take it off. My mom's pomeranian was the same story, she was maybe 8 lbs and went to about 13 in no time, which is large for the poor baby. I think its a wonderful drug with a great purpose, but just very rough- so please be cautious. I am sure though, you have heard the stories. I hope any of this info helps..... and hope you are improving daily. :)
Chartreux, I am glad you gave the same recommendation. A lot of people underestimate ice/heat. Sometimes I wish I had my own glacier to sleep on... lol. :)
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
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