Does anyone know of a good pain clinic?
Posted in the Logan Forum
#1 Sep 25, 2010
It's hard to get help when you're in chronic pain.
#2 Sep 25, 2010
go to church and really mean it and you would be surprised what the lord can do
#3 Sep 26, 2010
when you do find you let me know too please
#4 Sep 26, 2010
The people on the Logan topix site always seem to know what's going on, and are usually helpful when someone needs advice or information. I can't believe I haven't gotten any answers to my question yet.
Fort Huachuca, AZ
#5 Sep 28, 2010
Have you tried first going thru your primary physician?
Your primary may be able to do quite a bit in determining the causes of your pain and provide help to eliminate or decrease your pain levels so that you may have a good quality of life.
It is hard to get help when you are in chronic pain for many, I understand that.
Your primary doctor will do the initial evaluation, then refer you to a pain clinic/pain management center.
Most insurance companies require a referral from your primary to go to a specialty field such as Pain Management.
Your primary physician makes the appointments, sends everything over to the Pain Clinic for you.
Once at the Pain Clinic, your pain management doctor will probably order a battery of tests (lab work, x-rays, possibly MRI or CT Scan depending on x-rays, physical therapist evaluation, etc.
Due to the federal laws the pain management clinics must adhere to, they normally have to exhaust all efforts before prescribing narcotics to a patient.
NOT saying that you are seeking narcotics!!!!
But the Pain Management's use is to do whatever it takes to help a patient get better, many times no opoid/narcotic treatment is necessary.
That can include weight loss, a physical therapy program, psychological evaluation, tests to eliminate any other medical reasons that may be causing you chronic pain, etc.
There are also injections (some called "Facet" injections) that put a numbing agent and steroids into the spinal column which ease pain for months at a time.
There is also a thing called a TENS unit which provides electrical impulses to the spine which "short circuits" the nerve impulse to the brain, stopping your pain. You just hook it up with sticky pads, turn it on and chill out for a bit.
I'm writing that because those were the steps I have to undertake before I was put on a moderate prescription program here.
As a Pain Management patient, I had to sign paperwork about being on an Opoid Treatment Plan.
I am subject to random drug testing and must present my pill bottle at every visit for a pill count. My clinic can also call me at any time to drop by and show them the pill bottle for a count.
It is mandatory that I take physical therapy classes and treatments every six months for at least 12 sessions.
I had to have a psyche evaluation to determine that I could potentially handle opoid therapy without abuse.
It is mandatory for lab work (blood/urine) to assure there is no damage to the liver since the liver cannot filter all the chemicals from narcotics/opoids.
I've also been subjected to Facet Spinal and Hip injections; TENS unit use, muscle relaxers instead of pain pills, etc.
Even breathing exercises during the "bad" pain helps because you are bringing in more oxygen to the muscles.
I also have to keep my weight down (sigh) because additional weight puts a strain on the skeleton, muscles, joints.
Allow me to mention that the initial cause of my pain was my spine was cracked in 3 places due to a car wreck years ago. I've since had injuries over my ole life (yes, I'm dirt old, lol)resulting in permanent nerve damage.
Before getting into a Pain Management Clinic, I missed LOTS of work. After several years of dedicated work to adhere to my pain management plan, I don't even remember the last time I couldn't work due to pain.
I also agree with "Wondering"; having a religious base and prayer soothes the soul, releaes tension, and tension causes body pain. So yes, church and/or prayer can work wonders for your body and soul.
Try yoga, breathing exercises.
Go online and start researching alternate ways to eliminate pain; you will be surprised.
I wish you much luck and success to beat this and have a good quality of life ahead.
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