for about a week and am trying to catch up on everything. Since I last posted I tried to go off my opana ( idea from regular pain med) and started physical therapy( idea from second opinion doc I saw) I did go ahead and see a second doctor for another second opinion and was really impressed with her. For the first time in nine years and 13 doctors, this doctor discussed spine and neck and physical therapy and possible nerve blocks to the top of the spine starting at C1. ( Remember the other doc I saw who said this doc would want to "stick me"?, I had to secretly smile to myself when she was saying these things but it did make sense. This is a whole new direction in these head pain relief for me and I am somewhat suprised she is going in this direction as my pain did not start from any sort of injury but rather from a head cold and shingles 9 years ago. I am going to the PT because I have terrible pain in my right arm as I had a failed shoulder surgery and the therapist is addressing that as well. They as addressing trigger points in my shoulders with all sorts of electronic devices and ultrasound deep heating devices which seem to cause more pain and discomfort in my head than anything else.. Apparantly unlocking these trigger points are suppose to reduce the pain points in my head. At the same time I am suppose to stop drinking any diet soda because the phenyaliline(sp?) can cause neurological problems ( this is from the pt, not the doc) and increase water intake(again, from the pt, not the doc) and cut out caffine(again, from PT)..alll these changes while stopping the opana..Needless to say the past week has been excruchiatingly painful, most days a 10 out of 10. I haven't been able to get a breakthrough and get the pain to ease. I think it may to too much all at once.
Today I restarted the opana, had a mountain Dew and did not have pt. I am taking the weekend off and think I need to do one thing at a time and start again monday. In any case, the second doctor I saw was very nice. Her office is 5 minutes from my home. She did a very thorough exam, had a new idea, did not immediatly "stick me" but discussed it as an option, didn't make any med changes so I still am on the same meds with the old doc, who she knows so there is no conflict there .I will see her again to see where she can go with this and if it seems she can take over i will switch over and ask her to take over med management if she will. Right now I am at a place of "holding my breath". It sounds like a good thing so I don't want to jinx it. After all the docs and surgeries and threatments etc, I really felt comfortable with her. I've only seen her once now. I am hoping there will be no problems with Medicare or insurance or whatever could possibly screw this up, we all know how that goes.
Anyway, thats where I've been. With the opana back, the pain is subsiding and I can get back on and read how you all have been doing. i have missed you all, Hope you have been well.
I hope you have a painfree weekend
spring is beginning to show its head here in the midwest
sick and tired of being sick and tired