I cannot say enough about lidocaine shots. I have suffered with numbness in my fingers for years with no answers. Then I had some extreme pain in my mid back that took me to the Dr. she looked at the tightness in the back and neck and gave me the shots. I was so tight it was hard the first time to choose which points to work on.
She then said wait a week and see the chiro the next week come back a week after that and come back for the shots. After two sets of shots the numbness is gone. The DDD is still there and so is the osteoarthritis in the neck so I using Pilate's and Yoga to work on that.
If I need it again I will do it. Would never have believed it could help this much.
Hope you see this. No you did not scare me.....it it made me do a little thinking about the issue from a Dr. view point.
I am one of those with two codes and I do understand the coding system as my Dr. has explained some. So it did help me and you can ramble all you on anytime. I appreciate your professional background information.
Well that article will have to read in short spurts. I have spent a life time in pain but never had panic attacks until I was in my early 50's. Right now I am ready to go into full panic mode from that article.
When I applied for SSD my attorney was the one who told me after years of dealing with people who lived in chronic pain he realized anxiety or depression is often a result of chronic pain. To think you could go to the Dr. for pain and be treated just for a mental illness is like going backwards.
Back in the 80's when I knew what was wrong with me I refused to be DX because of the stigma at that time. It was with of an internist working on my thyroid who said if you are on the right meds it is something else causing the pain and fatigue. He himself had fibro and knew what he was talking about and sent to a Rheumy.
I never had to go to a hearing.....my attorney go one last SSD medical exam with a Psychologist. I googled her and found out she works with fibro patients.
I went to the exam and the questions she asked had me in tears even though she was compassionate. That was on a Saturday my attorney called Monday and ask how it went I said I think she understood. I received an approval letter the following Saturday.
Nancy's answer was very will written. I have learned you need to become a partner with your Doc and that is not always easy. The Dr. I have now is not the one I went to when I was first DX as you need kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince.
I have found I make an appointment with my PCP for a certain issue such as recently it was some pain in the mid back. Instead of treating fibro it was just that area we focused on. Don't like the dx of DDD but knew it was coming for a long time.
When we go in and say I hurt all over they do not know where to begin. It may take more visits to get all things addressed but once we get there we have a Dr. who can treat us better.
When I approach it that way they don't let me blame it all on fibro and they treat each symptom and they don't blame it all fibro either. I have fibromyalgia I am not fibromyalgia is my motto.
My Dr. and I are both ones who use meds along with supplements, eating right and exercise. So I am open to all her suggestions and by doing this we have become partners. That does not mean at times I do not leave like she no way knows what I go through.....we are human.
I am a bad one to ask......I had been married almost 10 years and had four very young children and verbal abuse was bad add in the alcohol and other behaviors and I said get help or get out.
That caused the physical abuse and other women so out he went. Left me in bad shape and dependent upon public assistance for a few years. It was hard but necessary for the mental health of my children. They do not realize what life would've been like if he stayed so some of them still blame me for the loss of their father. I do not try to explain anymore....their father had mental issues and WOULD not get help.
I did not rush into this and did plan for it for almost 2 years. It was not easy but better than the alternative. Three of the four gainfully employed but one has the mental illness and addiction problems
I went on to work for 19 more years til out on SSD and did remarry after they were raised. lauabView Thread