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Unread 12-25-2005, 04:21 PM
Pain Management

Hello Sisters:
It's been awhile since my surgery and I still have abdominal pain. I've been back to the uro, the gyno, and the gastro. The gastro and myself think that part of it is true stomach issues and part of it is abdominal wall pain. He has referred me to a pain management specialist. Apparently it takes some time to get in and they have to first decide if they can help me. My question to you is has anyone been to see a pain management specialist before?
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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Unread 12-25-2005, 07:32 PM
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Cathy,
I've been in pain management for quite a few years. My experience with pm has been a good one. I didn't realize how miserable I was feeling until I finally found some relief.

As with any doctor, it can take some trial and error to find the right doc for you. And finding the right meds can also be trial and error. The key is finding someone who is willing to working with you. It is a team effort.

Good luck with your appt. I hope they will be able to help.
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Unread 12-26-2005, 05:21 PM
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Kim:
Thanks for your kind and supportive words. The procedure has something to do with injections and blocking the nerves. At this point I am hoping the doctor will take me on as his patient. I will just have to wait and see.
Thanks again.
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Unread 12-27-2005, 12:29 PM
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Cathy,
I've had injections into my ilingual (sp?) nerves. They did help some. It wasn't long lasting, but I did get some relief. It was at that point that I was diagnosed with nerve damage.

Good luck with your appt, I hope the doc will take you on as his patient and that he will be able to provide you with some relief.
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Unread 12-27-2005, 03:50 PM
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Cathy, My PM doc, an anesthesiologist, has given me two spinal nerve blocks, mostly diagnostic but also for treatment. I had full pain relief but only for 4 and 6 days. It has to be performed in the hospital as they use x-ray to guide the position of the needle. I'm going to try a third in January. He provides meds and procedures. Go for it!
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Unread 12-28-2005, 07:44 AM
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Hi!
I've been in pain mgmt for about six months now. i had 2 nerve blocks, 3 epidural steroid injections, then decided I didn't want to go any farther with burning nerve endings or anything (since I have no bladder sensation due to removal of my presacral nerve a couple years ago) because once you completely destroy a nerve, you can never replace it. But that's just me. I'm sure it's right for some people. SO...I'm now being managed with medication. My doctor is very understanding, and does not treat me like a druggie like some doctors do. That's his job, and he monitors all his patients for any signs of dependency, so don't be too worried about that. I was on Lortab for a long time, to which I am developing a high tolerance for, and now I'm on Duragesic (fentanyl). I'd be happy to answer more private or in depth questions if you'd like to PM me.
Good luck! I hope the PM doc works for you like it did for me!
Luv, Christina
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Unread 01-10-2006, 09:56 PM
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Christina, When you speak of burning the nerve, are you referring to pulse radiofrequency? My PM doc said the pulse RF is safer than the conventional RF which killed the nerves. Apparently, pulse RF only warms the nerves a few degrees and that supposedly can relieve pain. I'd love to learn more about it or hear from anyone who has had the pulse RF. Thanks, Shelley
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