Thursday, August 03, 2006

Pain Management Blog

Well lots of things have happened.

As per previous post, decided I didnt really like the spinal surgeon I went to see a couple of weeks ago but thought I would have the MRI done so I was prepared for whatever next happens. Of course, I lost the form. Have rung and asked for another one but I am not holding my breath as the receptionist did sound too hopeful. Probably justifies my thoughts on the doctor.

I have broken out into a rash - dont know what it is caused by but my GP is overseas so I went to see the locum and got some cortesone cream which seems to be working. Skin is really dry and itchy and I have a feeling it is something to do with menopause. The locum was also an acupuncturist and talked me into having acupuncture on my back. DH was not enthusiastic and in the meantime, between appointments, I had a meeting with a personal trainer at the gym to work out a program that I could manage without having to put my membership on hold. She was great and had had two back ops herself (dont know why and didnt like to ask) so was able to help me with a very small exercise program but she also gave me the name of three doctors.

I rang the first one, first thing Monday morning, and the receptionist told me that he had closed his books but they were having a meeting that morning about reopening them and to ring back at lunchtime. Now I feel this is good karma because when I rang back she gave me an appointment for 25 August.

Anyway the upshot is I cancelled the acupuncture, made an appointment with my GP next week so I can get a referral to the specialist.

This is fast turning from a weight loss blog into a pain management blog but hopefully not for long.

I have been a bit up and down with my food lately and today has been particularly woeful. Anything that faintly resembled food has been eaten without a backward glance. I know I shouldnt and I am telling myself I shouldnt as I shovel it in but cant seem to stop myself.

Am bored at work - maybe because it looks such a lovely day outside and I wish I was out there. As nobody is here today but me I went and sat outside in the sun for a while - could have laid down and nodded off.

Friends are coming for dinner tomorrow night and then the rugby on Saturday night. DS turns 24 on Sunday. DD is home for the weekend (sort of).

Nearly time to go home - time to close everything down. Hope you all have a great weekend. Sunshine here I come.......


  1. Hope the new Specialist can help you. I know how important it is to have the right feeling about a Dr.

    Hope your rash soon settles. This bl#@*dy Menopause or perimenopause or whatever "they" like to call it is NO FUN!
    Take care Julie xx

  2. Hope everything works out:)

  3. Glad to hear you are changing drs, good luck with the visit. The sun definitely helps our moods doesn't it? Take care of yourself as it is very hard with the long time you have been in pain. The weight can wait..

  4. Those bulging discs are so annoying. I have three of them. L3/L4, L4/L5, L5/S1. They nearly drove me mad with pain for over two years. Two years of slowly bending over sideways whilst I walked and having to go and lie down on the ground at work so that I could 'straighten' myself out. What a misery. But am happy to say that today I am living in no pain and was able to avoid surgery.

    Obviously since our situations are completely different and I don't know which discs are involved I can't even begin to say that yours is the same. Wouldn't dream of it as I am not a Doctor. But if you would like the name of my Chiropractor who helped me out a lot and was able to adjust me to the point of my current health, I would be happy to pass it on.

    Sorry if I am repeating myself, can't remember if I have told you that before.

    I think you are great Julie and it is terribly sad that you have to go through this pain now. I just hope you manage to have some great moments as well as the not so great ones *hugs*

  5. very good blogger site!.

    Do you know BBC News (14/09/2006) Acupuncture for low back pain is cost-effective and works, according to medical researchers. Two studies on suggest a short course of acupuncture would benefit patients and healthcare providersThe cost is well below the threshold used by officials to decide whether the NHS can afford to fund a set treatment, they said. Up to 80% of UK residents experience back pain at some point in their lives, costing the NHS £480m a year.—(BBC News 14/09/2006)

    And, What do you think about it? Something as follow:

    Chinese acupuncture practitioner had almost been accused for website’s ads in Bristol

    Dr Zhentong Han is a Chinese registered acupuncturist with twenty years of clinical experience. He is very popular among the patients in the area with outstanding technique. The appointments for him in the clinic in Bradford were always full, however, at Bristol, another place where he set up his business; there were troubles from the competitions in the same field.

    It started at the acupunctural website of Dr Han(, which occupied the NO.1 place in a international websites about acupuncture ( Because of the large number of patients attracted by this website which introduced traditional Chinese acupuncture for backache therapy,and top position in yahoo and google. it caught great attention of other businesses in the same field in a very short time. Some practitioner even registered company names using key words about acupuncture , and notified Dr Han and other practitioners to stop using the some key words for advertising the website. Or else they would probably be charged by the law.

    Dr Han claimed that he regretted deeply for the matter, but he didn’t want to get involved in this legal dispute, for the purpose of having a website is not to score high on the network, but to have more patients understand the most veracious Chinese traditional acupunctural techniques through his website, so to help more patients get rid of the pain.

    Bristol Chinese Pain relief Acupuncture

  6. According to USA Today, cold laser therapy has been found to be very successful in chronic pain management, and can be done in as little as 5-10 minute increments. At the very least, it helps manage the pain in conjunction with other treatment methods.

  7. There are different views on fibromyalgia although all are based on the constant pain that produces the disease and although not yet really know the accurate cure for it, I have my father suffering from this disease and I am interested in the topic to be able to help their pain to dissipate in any way and have read many books on fibromyalgia and chronic pain and to find findrxonline indicate that opioid narcotics for pain control are excerpts from the opium and are very effective and are commonly used to control and remove moderate to severe pain, these drugs are controlled NARCOTICS opioids as vicodin, Lortab,which required a medical prescription.

  8. Nationwide, prescription pills have become a societal force. Adults and children rely on them for a growing list of afflictions, including anxiety, depression, even shyness, for which few alternatives were available a generation ago. Nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug. Meanwhile, direct-to-consumer drug marketing that touts new and expanded uses has become widespread. Adults and children alike are exposed to print, television and radio ads promising happier, more fulfilled lives. For young people, experts say, all these factors appear to have blurred the line between the benefits and dangers of the medications.

  9. At least 34 million Americans suffer from chronic pain caused by conditions including arthritis, lower back problems, neuralgia, or migraine headaches. Some 15 million working Americans have pain on a chronic basis.

  10. The opioids narcotics are effective for diseases such as chronic pain partially solved, medicines like Vicodin, Lortab, oxycodone, Lorcet are widely used in USA and Europe for medical specialists according to findrxonline the percentage of use of these drugs is very high in this part of the continent.

  11. Yes, usually you can use a narcotics for chronic pain to alleviate pain and indeed you can have also use Cold laser.

  12. It is one of the most important aspects of care for terminally-ill persons. As with all health care issues, get qualified medical opinion regarding any suggested treatments. Pain management is a medical specialty. You have the right to obtain an opinion from a physician who specializes in pain management if your own physician seems unable or unwilling to provide adequate control for your pain.