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Unread 06-14-2005, 12:02 PM
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after being on pain meds the last 10 mos, am deciding to "try" a pain mgmt dr. other than the contract NOT to take anything other than what he/she prescribes...what I'm hearing/seeing on these boards is that they: 1) offer massage therapy (vaginal); 2) pain meds if needed; 3) acupuncture as an alternative? 4) determine exact source of pain. I'm experiencing chronic pelvic pain, mostly on the right side/pelvic area. This happens to be the side that my ob/gyn had to spend more time on due to adhesions. Adhesions were everywhere when she went in to perform surgery. I had a 5 cm cyst on my right ovary and she removed everything, but didn't have time to work on the adhesions. I've seen a urologist, 2nd opinion by another ob/gyn and my GP just shakes her head...UGH all the posts/threads about adhesions are sooo true! It seems so popular, why can't someone come up with a solution? I'm only 47 and have lost much of my sexual performance(s) LOL, sort of debilitating since being active hurts (washing car, etc.) walking my new grandbaby...i have 2 hrs commuting each day and i'm sure that doesn't help. I did switch from a standard shift to an automatic auto recently .... i'll try anything, but have some questions about pain mgmt. dr.s. i called one several mos ago and they at least admitted they have not been successful at chronic pelvic pain. so i'm thinking of trying another. thanks
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Unread 06-14-2005, 01:55 PM
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Your story sounds so much like mine. Gyn shaking his head. Other docs baffled. I finally gave up on surgeries to correct the problem and started with a pain management doc (with a gentle shove from my gyn) a couple of weeks ago. Turns out that I've got sacral nerve damage. Surgery won't fix it and there's very little in the way of options. The three options I was given was 1.) Continue with the pain meds, 2.) Novocaine/Cortisone shots into my pelvis, or 3.) running electrical leads up my leg to the nerve and attaching/controlling them with a unit inserted into my back! Not too promising. I've already tried the shots. Got about 3 hours of pain relief from those.
I have to admit though, being on a regular dosing schedule of pain meds has helped keep it at bay. It's also taken the worry that the meds will be cut off out of the equation.
I hope you get a better prognosis. Good luck to you.
Unread 06-14-2005, 02:18 PM
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I got handed the card...i.e. referred to a pain doc on my last gyn visit. To me it says, "we are done with you." "I wash my hands of you and hand you off to someone else." I don't have much hope that a pain management will help me. I am still in the thought realm that something is wrong that can be fixed, if only some doctor had the energy and brains to sort it out.
I was also recommended to a university pelvic pain clinic out of town, (in Los Angeles.) with the caveat that he's had "mixed results" with patients he's sent there. Well, I'll be on the next plane for mixed results!

I don't relish some guy messing with my nerves. A lot of things are controlled by those nerves that lead into the pelvis. This means to me that a lot of things can go wrong if treatment is botched.
As you can see I am pretty fed up with my own problem and wish I could hand it off to somebody else.

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Unread 06-14-2005, 04:52 PM
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I am so with all of you. I am having surgery for the 2nd time to remove adhesions we think are causing the pain. I have been through pain management and got no relief, accupuncture and no relief, physical therapy and no relief. My gyn doc is reluctant to do the surgery but is concerned about the severe pelvic tenderness that has now accompanied the pain. On july 14, I will have diag. laproscopic surgery to see what is going on. My pain is pretty constant and yes, I am getting use to it. I can not do pain meds due to allergic reactions to pretty much all of them. I have taken and tried 27 of them and now carry an epi pen just in case and carry a card that has a list of my forbidden drugs that I share with the medical community when I see them. I am just hoping that this surgery will cure everything but I am not holding my breath. I want my life back and if I have to live with pain afterwards I will figure out how to do it when the time comes. I may live longer now, but the quality sure stinks or is going to stink depending on the outcome. I to wish just one dr would come up with a way to stop the formation of adhesions or a way to get rid of them once and for all. Heck, I would even be the beta tester or guinee pig. Good luck all. s to everyone!!!!!
Unread 06-17-2005, 08:30 AM
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Thanks to all who responded. When I can get in to see dr., I'll keep you posted Even continuing pain meds without begging would be preferable to me. I do NOT want any more surgeries or shots and all that stuff. I love this bb!

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