I am a male nurse and have been working hellish med/surg/telemetry floors in various hospitals for 13 years. Usually the only male on the unit, all of the other nurses often called me to help them lift or turn heavy patients.
Finally, 2 years ago, my back went out...a herniated disc in L5-S1. I though I knew what pain felt like before this, but I really hadn't had a clue! With an invisible sword impaled into my right buttock and an invisible fire in my right foot, all I could do is squeal in pain until surgery was done.
During my nursing career I had seen many control battles between other nurses and supposed "drug seeker" patients. I always left it up to the doctor to decide whether or not to order pain meds for those who claimed to hurt. If it was ordered and the patient asked for it, I gave it!
Now that I am suffering intensely with permanent nerve pain (sciatica), I went to see my pcp after 2 surgeries and multiple procedures. She is TERRIFIED to prescribe narcotics because the feds have cracked down on pain control, stripping doctors of their licenses and imprisoning some of them.
Thanks for the info Tim. I have one more question for you, if you don't mind. I experience 3 sensations...annoying numbness, FIRE burning, and a SHARP sword. What sensations were you experiencing before the procedure and what did they change into after #2 worked?View Thread
TRS, this gives me GREAT HOPE! After my second surgery, I got a nerve block shot (Lydocaine and Steroids) into my nerve canal and was able to function for MONTHS with little pain.
When I went for another shot, the doctor found that scar tissue had sealed up my nerve canal to such an extent that the medication would not go in. He did a procedure to scrape away all of the scar tissue and made 2more attempts. But the nerve canal is completely sealed and there's no chance of any more shots.
Would this stop the procedure you're telling me about? I assume they shoot this acid into the nerve canal. Is that correct?View Thread
As you know, medicine is extremely specialized now and my specialty was not neurology...so forgive me for mixing it up. My surgeon mentioned RF ablation briefly, but said the success rate is not good and the pain could end up being worse than now. I honestly thought he was referring to cutting the nerves and did not research it because anything that could end up worse than this is not an option for me.
You've had RF ablation 4-5 times? When it failed, did it hurt much worse than it was before the procedure? Did they use at least conscious sedation before doing it? Please tell me more. I feel something I haven't felt for awhile...hope!View Thread
Joy, thanks for the great info. I was brief in the description of what I've been through, but I have truly been to nearly every kind of specialist and the only treatment options left for me are risky (like cutting the nerves that cause the pain, which the surgeon told me has an 85% failure rate). All the "pain clinics" here in Houston were shut down by the DEA. I haven't tried the physiatrist thing yet, but will check it out and let you know what happens. Thanks again. T.J.View Thread