I am in the pain clinic program right now. So far, I have done biofeedback, which somehow helps alleviate pain. I can make the green, yellow and red lines go where they are supposed to go on the screen, but I have no idea how I am doing it, except deep relaxing breathing. From biofeedback, I learned I should stop and lie down once or twice during the day and breathe for about 10 minutes to help get my body back to wherever it should be. The psychologist calls me once a month to check on me and doesn't give me any chance to ask questions because he talks over me. The medical doc gave me $800 of botox injections in trigger points in my neck because I also have myofascial pain there. That helped awhile. He prescribed mobic and zanaflex and when I ask for more meds he gives me a confusing answer. The physical therapist who was not doing biofeedback gave me exercises to do. Some help, some do not. To her credit, I haven't been doing the exercises every day and haven't been walking as often as she wants me to, either. I saw a podiatrist before the pain clinic and he told me what shoes to buy and the physical therapist contradicted him. I told her I was skeptical of the shoes advice because everyone says something different and since I returned from Italy I had spent hundreds of dollars on shoes, to no avail. I have shoes of all kinds - all expensive - all comfort line or atheletic kind (Birks, Born, Sofft, Clarks, Aerosoles, Ecco, Sketchers, Nike) and I still hurt, so no one knows the answer to my feet. I start a fibromyalgia class next Wednesday for 8 weeks 3 hours every Wed.
The PT at first said my pain was from underconditioning, which was just stupid, because before I started having trouble, I was in great condition. She kept wanting to know: what causes pain, how long do you do it before it causes pain, how long does it last, what do you do to make it stop. I finally got it through to her that every day is different. One day walking 20 minutes causes pain, I can massage my feet and I feel better; another day, I can walk an hour; another day I am in pain from morning and nothing helps. One day, shoes A work fine, another day shoes A kill my feet. She finally said, it may be the fibro. That can be variable. Ya think!!! Sheesh!
They do believe my pain is real. That is a good thing. I will let you know how the class goes.