I just recently got diagnosed with Intercostal Neuralgia in September 2012. My systems don't match exactly but the pain specialist thought this is where I "fit" most. Whatever that means. I have been having pain in my upper left torso front and back for the last 3 years. I have not had any surgeries or trauma in that region. When I first saw my Dr. we thought maybe I was getting Shingles, even though I had no visible signs of it, but my symptoms seemed to match that of Shingles. Needless to say I have been on several medications- Antidepressants, Pain meds, anti seizure meds and meds for herpes outbreaks. I have had injections, which actually gave me 95% relief and then the Dr. didn't want to do anymore after the trail runs, said they were "too destructive". I have been to Neurologists, Pain Specialists, Acupuncture, massage therepy, chiroprator, neurosurgeons, meditation group, and the list goes on. I know I'm not alone with my symptons of pain but I feel like I'm always running into dead ends and Dr's that give me false hope. I'm hoping by joining this community that maybe I will find answers or ideas on where to go next. If anyone has options that they have tried, I would love to hear from you!View Thread
Hi 77grace, I don't know why the pain specialist even gave me the "trail" intercostal nerve blocks, I went into the hospital twice to have this procedure done and neither time did she say anything about it being destructive. I went to her and she said "I have something that will eliminate your pain" Once having them- they did actually work 98% but then to turn around and say "No more, to destructive" was like sending me back to square one, all over again. I am actually seeing a new pain specialist in a town about 3 hours from me on June 6. I am still hopeful that someone, somewhere will have answers or relief for me. Thank you for your reply, It does help to know that I am not alone, but sad at the same time to know other people are going through such pain on a daily basis. We can all hang in there together!View Thread
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