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Injections again tomorrow! Injections again tomorrow!

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Unread 03-03-2005, 01:31 PM
Injections again tomorrow!

Just wanted to ask that my (((sisters))) keep me in their thoughts tomorrow as I will be having more SI joint injections. I have also wrote a letter to my PM doc asking her to have her nurse get back to me after she has had time to read it. In it I told her that since I quit taking Elavil about 3 weeks ago I have had increased pelvic hair, thigh and knee pain. I can barely walk without severe discomfort and sex is out of the question again. I told her that I don't have an appointment with gyn until May or her either for that matter and didn't feel comfortable waiting until May to address this. Hopefully, I'll get a good response. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
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Unread 03-03-2005, 01:37 PM
I am losing my mind!

Obviously, I am losing my mind as well...........what I meant was that I have had increased pelvic pain not pelvic hair.
Unread 03-03-2005, 01:39 PM
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I kept thinking to myself---"increased pelvic hair?"
Too funny!
Anyway, You know I will be thinking of you. I hope maybe that this time you get some relief..if you don't then I would have to question whether or not it is worth going through it or not. Why did she take you off the Elavil anyway? I don't remember you mentioning that to me before. Please let me know how you do tomorrow.
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Unread 03-03-2005, 02:56 PM
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Pelvic pain does make more sense than hair, but hair would be less of a drag, at least, I think so.

The Elavil probably positively altered your perception of the pain and now that it has worn off, you are feeling it more. At least, that seems to make sense to me.

Letters have been great for me. I think if we are willing to write it down, we are taken more seriously. Also, this gives the doc more time to think about the issues (read and re-read if necessary and not have to respond on the spot).

I think of you often and you are definitely in my
Unread 03-04-2005, 03:48 PM
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My injections were terribly painful today. However, the letter seemed to go over well and the PM doc seemed more like herself today. We talked for quite some time (which I will fill you all in on later when I feell like sitting a bit longer) and she is going to try me on a cousin of Elavil. Am on my way to the pharmacy now to pick it up so will have more details on that later too. Thanks for the and s (((Michelle))) and (((Marian))). You 2 are always there for me and I appreciate it so much.

And yes, pelvic hair would be easier to deal with.
Unread 03-04-2005, 04:07 PM
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I had to show DH that post cause he wanted to know what in the heck was so funny
I am so sorry that it hurt so bad---ouch. I hope some good comes out of it.
You don't have to thank have always been there for me too----it's just what we do
Get some rest and let us know about the med.
Unread 03-05-2005, 10:20 PM
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I really hope the injections and new meds help. Youv'e been through so much.

I wouldn't mind a little extra hair though!LOL! I seam to have thinned out on the HRT! Oh well, I guess I got my hopes up to soon. Thanks for the good laugh!
Unread 03-06-2005, 12:56 PM
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The medicine is Trofranil and I take 25-50 mg @ bedtime. The first two nights I took 50 mg because I was desperate for sleep and pain relief. I really think she hit a nerve when she did the injection on the right because I am way more sore than last time and have an aching down to my right foot. At any rate, I have slept fairly well these last two nights. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that my appetite doesn't go haywire like it did with the Elavil.

Anyway, she told me that the body can only deal with so much pain at once so, it will call attention to the worst first. Once you start to get that under control it will start calling attention to other pains that have probably been there all along, but weren't as "important" to the body at the time. She also explained how our pelvic area can't pin-point pain as well as other areas of the body so it can make you hurt in your legs, etc. (Adhesions are likely the culprit.) She also said that SI proplems can cause knee problems due to walking oddly to avoid pain. She in no way made me feel like it was all in my head (this time ).

She told me to let her know in a few weeks how the Trofranil is working and of course keep my appointment in May.

Thanks again for listening!
Unread 03-06-2005, 01:20 PM
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I hope the tofranil works better for you. I looked it up and it basically has the same properties as Elavil, they are both tricyclic antidepressants. What was your appetite with the Elavil? Increased or decreased?
I do know that if adhesions entrap a nerve it can cause pain in the thighs...and with the SI dysfunction or any back or hip pain can cause other muscle-skeletal problems because of posturing and favoring one side while walking. That is very true.
I am glad that you didn't feel like it was all in your head.
How long does she usually allow for the injection to start doing some good. I know the last one didnt' when this one doesn't work, what is the next step? Do you have to wait til may before you can do something about that?
I will keep my fingers crossed.
Unread 03-10-2005, 01:25 PM
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(((Marian))), my appetite was crazy while I was on the Elavil. All I wanted was sweets and I wanted to eat them constantly. I put on weight which I had kept off for 5 years prior to this. Of course, more weight just stresses already troubled joints more which is the last thing I need.

They say that it usually takes about a week for the injections to work. It will be a week tomorrow and I CAN feel a difference in my pain level in my lower back and hip area. It's not gone, but it is better. I still have to take my Lortab, Soma and Lodine, but at least they keep the pain to a managable level now. I hate the thought of simply "managing" the pain for the rest of my life, but have a feeling that is what it will pretty much be.

She did say that she felt total hormonal shut-down helps with adhesion pain. I've got that covered since I have no ovaries and no HRT.

Thanks for caring!

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