Dear M Mom,
Good evening. My name is Dani. I am very glad to have the oppertunity to meet you. I hope you find Healing Well to be relaxing, enjoyable place to spend your time. We have a great support group here full of caring, compassionate members.
I am terribly sorry to hear that all your efforts at pain relief have failed. You asked some specific questions so I will try my best to answer. Please, know that what works for some, wont work for others. Also, we all have had peroid of time (sometimes years) where we had to try many different methods of pain relief before finding a combination that worked well.
You asked ~~> "...Does anyone else have this issue?.."
Yes. I am sensative to meds as well. Every medicine I use had to be slowly increased over time. This presents with some frustraiting situations though. For instance, it will literally take about a month of slowly working up a dose of medicine to find if it works or not. If not we have to start all over. If it does work or help, then we continue to slowly increase the dosage until the "type" of pain is brought down. It is aggrivating... but what else can I do?
You asked ~~> "..What is or was effective for anyone elses pain relief?..."
A combination of things. I have multiple "types" of pain. So, epidural cortisteroids done in a "series" along my spine. TeNS stimulation daily. Opioids, muscle relaxors, NSAIDs, Tricyclics..... personalized daily exercises. ALOT of heat. Some food restrictions (that one I have a hard time with) It just takes a long time to find the right combination of medicine and therapies. The goal isnt to make the pain go away.. Im not even sure anyone in chronic pain can achieve that.. rather to bring it down to livable levels.
I went to a pain psychologist early on. I was taught how to re define who I was and how I lived with chronic pain as a part of my life. Myself, my environment, family dynamic... I was told from the get go that I would be in pain in some form or another the rest of my life. I think that has made all the difference.
I hope you come to like it here. With people who can support one another through our bad times and our good. There are things and aspects about our lives that only others in chronic pain could ever understand. That makes a world of difference.
It was so very nice to meet you. I look forward to knowing you better as time goes by. Stay strong!