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Chronic pain, phn and brain activity

So I’ve had phn now for 7 years, in the last 6 months I have had chronic pain and back in spasm on my right side of my back. I’ve had trigger point injections that have not helped and I’ve just seen a neurologist. He’s refering me to a brain psychologist as he believes where I’ve been in pain for so long my brain is believing the pain (spasm in right side of back) has gone but my brain still believes it’s there? I’m so confused. Part of me understands what he means and it could well be the case but I’m overwhelmed by the thought of it. Can phn make you feel this way and trick your brain into believing this is pain when there isn’t? 

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  • mervyn3507 mervyn3507 hailey 83895

    Hi Hailey;

    I've had PHN for 5 years and chronic pain on my left flank (hip area) and have been through 2 accredited Pain Clinics (British Columbia, Canada). I've tried every drug that other  sufferers have, to no avail. Trigger point injections, as well as many other types did nothing. The last Clinic I attended called "Change Pain", in Vancouver, introduced me to the psychology of pain. There's a YouTube video that does an excellent job of introducing this approach to pain. It's from a TEDx presentation in Adelaide, Australia, entitled:  TEDx-Adelaide-Lorimer Moseley-Why Things Hurt. It's about 15 minutes in length and well worth watching.

    When I am busy doing what I enjoy, or, alternatively, not busy but relaxing, listening to music, etc., I am not as aware of the pain. When I expect to feel pain doing something, it surely feels stronger.

    I do not allow the pain to overwhelm me as it did in the beginning, but still have a ways to go.

    I'm using Ted's Pain Cream (available from their website or Amazon) and find it helps blunt the pain, especially after a strenuous day, and helps me get to sleep.

    To sum up - I think you'll find Moseley's talk very enlightening and the answer to your question.


  • Ranger1 Ranger1 hailey 83895

    I have heard this explanation by a medical source about the scenario the doctor is saying that your brain is saying you have pain but you actually don't. Never go to that doctor again.

    PHN has no cure ore treatment that works for any periods longer than a few days. I have had them all.

    I would not go to anymore doctors. The ones that did not see you when you had the severe strikes, hyper sensitive skin, pain, burning, stabbing electrical shocks. Then, they will never believe you or support you. 

    There is no cure and I was told that by the CDC Director of Communicable Diseases and The Shingles director for the Veteran Administration.

    Time is the only cure. Each of us must manage this condition the best way one can to make ourselves comfortable.

    I have developed my techniques to live with this. I got the rash on my torso left side. 

    God bless


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