Here's my rundown of how pain clinics work.
Pain management doctors understand the new research, are up on the latest meds and treatment methods, and understand pain WAY more than a typical doctor. Mine is caring and compassionate, and even better, his office staff is incredibly pleasant and helpful.
My office does injections (I'm having a nerve block next week), but they don't force anyone to do it.
Be CAREFUL if the doctor just wants to throw script
s at you. Relief does not come from a bottle. Find a place that offers comprehensive services, like PT, electro-stim, counseling (mind and body are not separate!)
No matter what though, meds will not solve your pain. In my experience you may have a lot of lifestyle changes to make. I read what you said about
not exercising and to be honest that is one of my greatest frustrations in being a CP patient. Regular exercise was KEY in treating my depression and since I haven't been able to do that, well, it just compounds everything.
I need to get my butt motivated to get down to our community center and start doing exercise in the water, starting off with walking. I love walking in water. Much easier on the body. Cindylou, you may want to try that.
it was my go to form of exercise during all of my pregnancies.