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I'm new to this site as well and believe me, my statements are always long. Nobody has judged me yet. All I've found are wonderful, caring people who completely understand about chronic pain and all that surrounds it. God bless you and with love.
It is kind of like a pacemaker as far as the battery and leads. The battery is suppose to last 8 to 10 years. There are electronic tiny wires inserted in the space in the spine like an epidural and then the leads and the batteryare placed under the skin on the upper hip. It is called a pain interrupter because the lead inside the spine interrupts the pain signal from going to the brain! So even though you hurt , you don't know it because the signal never gets to your brain and you don't know you hurt! That's the best I can explain what a pain interrupter is!
Charlotte Burton i
Started medical marijuana two weeks ago feeling a bit better for pain management and not as fogged out as on prescri drug
@A MyChronicPainTeam Member, @A MyChronicPainTeam Member Tramadol didn't do anything for me. I shocked my GP when I told him, he thought I was nuts! I even tried mixing it with every other pain killer I could get my hands on, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Aspirine etc. The only one I was told expressly not to mix was @ Naproxen (anti inflammatory, codeine base) but that gave me internal bleeding so I quit it immediately anyway. I got Neurontin (Gabapentin) up to a 3000mg/day that did nothing! So I switched to alternatives like massage oil (clove and eucalyptus works quite well), meditation and TENS, acupuncture worked until I left the room but at least they had some benefit...but for the drugs forget it.
@A MyChronicPainTeam Member Believe me Neurontin is not the answer, least it wasn't for me. You may be different I grant you, but for me it did absolutely nothing.
Gabapentin - (Neurontin) was designed to block up the calcium nerve channels for epileptics, it messes with the brain chemistry. It blocks up the channels so that rogue signals don't get through, that's why they consider it useful for neuropathic pain as it's supposed to block the signals the other way. For approx 67% of people that take it it just isn't true. According to my GP anything 900mg/day or over is considered "high dosage". And High dosage means if you try to quit it it can actually CAUSE epileptic seizures so you have to be careful I took a month to wean myself off it. But it will cause such seizures even in someone who doesn't suffer from epilepsy. Pfizer the manufacturers have even been caught multiple times here in the UK giving kickbacks to GPs to get them to prescribe it, would they need to do that if it worked?
I myself still get shakes in my legs when I stretch them, and I threw the stuff off over a year ago! (of course they got me up to 3000mg/day, I was told 3600mg would probably kill me!) I even mixed and matched it with other pain killers (Tramadol, NSAIDs ...) just trying to get just some effect and got zip!
Never tried tai chi but I've got a book on it, acupuncture was OK while the needles were in but the pain was back by the time I left the treatment room. I use meditation, massage with oils and regular rides on my bike 30 minutes of exercise releases endorphins that are natural pain killers.