Chronic Pain Management

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Advice please, I'm being 'guided' towards the pain clinic for chronic pain management. However, with a waiting list of up to a year to go on the Pain Management Programme I could do with some practical advice. I have trawled the internet for 'sleeping with pain'. To be told, don't drink' don't smoke ........ usless advice.  Can't lie on my right after bicep sugery, can't lie on my left because of knee pain as a result of the knee that 'popped' nearly 8 months ago. A few short months after a successful arthroscopy for a torn cartilage. Can't bend my elbow without pain so limited writing and even this post has been painful. Can't walk far and driving is painful as I have a manual. Been discharged from 2 separate physios for not improving after one week of exercises. Both physios disagreeing with each others diagnosis. I've also researched the Pain Toolkit but couldn't find any actual practical hints or tips of how to cope with the pain and the pain medication I have been on for far too long. Any links or practical advice gratefully received. Been signed off for 8 months so far. No light at the end of the tunnel. Fed up and exhausted both mentally and phyiscally of the whole scenario. Local hospital are ......! and because of where I live there is no other option. Thank you  

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    Hello Stephanie53613

    So, you are looking for pain management. There are various pain management trials and options to choose from.

    1) Sedatives and Pain Killers

    2) Radiation treatments

    3) Nerve blocks.

    Sedatives and painkillers such as ibuprofen ,tramadol are used to alleviate pain for short term pain management.

    Radiation of course is suggested for people suffering from last stage cancer and is called palliative treatment.

    There is lot of damage that can be done through long term usage of pain killers, so it is preferable to go for nerve blocks in such cases where pain management is a long time issue.

    The nerves transporting signals to the affected area are numbed by a chemical so that the receptor won't carry back the pain signal to the brain. But, in most cases multiple nerves have to be blocked for efficiency.

    Check with the doctor for further detailing about the issue.

    By the way, Where is the pain generating from?? And the reason for the pain?? Let me know for further ideas if I have .

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    So...I can hear the frustration. Managing pain is a different answer for different people as it is very complex. Has any physician ever told you where your pain is originating from? Any imaging? Why would physical therapy discharge you from therapy after only 1 week of exercises? It takes 6 to 8 weeks of routine exercise to even begin building muscle. That is very poor effort on their part if they discharged due to no improvement in such a short period of time. More information about the pain, what you have been told, and what has been tried would be helpful in trying to lend some advice
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    Hi stephanie53613,

    Your post is a little unclear as to which pain you are referring to. I'll assume it is the knee, as they are notoriously painful. To wait a year when you are in  pain is ludicrous.i know times ar hard, but I would dig deep in my pocket & look for a private pain specialist. He will probably charge about £120 for an hour, but the benefit is, that you will then be placed higher on the waiting list. Meanwhile, get a hot/cold bag, & alternate on your knee, ie. Put an ice cold  pad on your knee for as long as you can tolerate it, then put a hot pad on for the same length of time. Ask your doctor for Lyrica (Pregabalin) & that should help with any nerve pain. from the knee.

    Good luck.

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    I'm sorry you are gooing through so much pain with no results.  I work as a medical advisor for a health products company and we have helped a lot of people deal with their pain and their healing.  When you have pain that is a clear indication of swelling.  Our ColdCure packs slow down the blood flow to the swollen/painful area.  By slowing the circulation to the inflammed area, you are reducing pain, inflammation and even muscle spasms.  Once your pain and swelling has decreased we then encourage our clients to move on to blood flow stimulation therapy.  When muscles/tendons/ligaments are no longer inflammed this is when we stimulate the healing process by opening up the blood vessels, increasing the blood flow which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the injured area.  This combination therapy has helped countless people, even myself with lower back pain.  I am not soliciting by any means, just wanting to help others.

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