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Apr 09, 2015 9:22 PM

Hi everyone I have chronic regional pain syndrome better known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. This far I have had two failed spinal cord stimulators and they are thinking about doing a morphine pump. Thing is I'm only 22 years old. So far I have tried physical therapy, occupational therapy, aqua therapy, some medications and so many other things. I'm currently studying about trigger point therapy that an be done at home on my free time but I wanted to start trying herbal therapy but have no clue what that is or if it will even be successful. Does anyone have any feedback for this?

Apr 09, 2015 9:52 PM

While I have used herbal therapy I don't have any experience with it for pain. I'm not even familiar with what herbal therapy there is for such advanced pain but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I'm not very familiar with the Syndrome you mention. There are however a couple of things you might look into before the extreme of a morphine pump. One is Canabis. Depending on what state you live in this can be a worthwhile and somewhat accessible treatment to look into and doesn't mean smoking pot or getting high. But again some of that may depend on where you live as well as the providers you have access to. The other thing worth checking out before a pump is Fentanyl patches. Similar medication but in a transdermal patch that maintains a level of medication in your system so you don't have the highs and lows or iOS and downs of pills much the way a pump would but this you wear like a bandaid and put on a new one every 3 days or so. You can swim and shower participate in any activity with the patch on and not be attached to machines or limited by wires and access. Then of course there are other alternative options like essential oils and supplements or salves to try but I don't know enough about your condition to offer clearer ideas/options along those lines.

Apr 09, 2015 10:50 PM

Thank you for the feedback unfortunately canaris makes the pain worse as well as any patch I have severe skin sensitivity and anything touching my skin hurts including clothing and blankets or sheets. I definitely plan on looking further into supplement oils and other things I'm just trying to avoid another surgery at this point.

Apr 10, 2015 11:37 AM

SarenaRae My husband and I stumbled into a Health Food Store the other day looking for Lavender that had been dried to use in my hot pack to help with my pain and to see if it would help me relax more so I can get some sleep. They recommend an Lavender essential oil put on a cotton ball then filled my rice pack half way dropped the cotton ball in then finished filling it with rice sewed it up microwaved for 3 min. It really has been helping me relax. Also my husband has bad problems with gas build up so bad it effects his COPD and he has had to go to the ER every time. So he was getting g a gas build up when we went in I asked if there was there anything they had for it. She told him pure licorice black, and when she was pregnant she used Certified Pure Organics Peppermints. He took a big bite out of this stick of black licorice and in about 5 min it was gone. I live on at acids so I tried the Peppermints and they work great I take 1-2 and in about 15-20 min it's gone. I'm never going to buy antacids over the counter again, I'm going to stock up on licorice and peppermint from the health food store.

Apr 10, 2015 1:33 PM

Fennel is also great for gas. Available in the produce dept. As far as pain do some research on D-Phenylalanine. Good luck on your quest. Let us know how you come out.

Apr 10, 2015 2:21 PM

SarenaRae, I'm not familiar with your condition. But I also use microwaved & frozen rice pack. I can no longer sew, so I put rice in tube socks & tie a knot in the end. They work but only a short time. I'll say a prayer for you. 🙏🌼

Apr 10, 2015 5:58 PM

Have you t tried Kava kava root?
It helps me relax, and makes some of the pain go away.
I know what you mean about sensitive skin.
My leg is my worst part of my CRPS/RSD.
My hands used to be the worst part.
They somehow got a little less painful.
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones.

Apr 10, 2015 9:25 PM

Naturopathic doctor could be a good place to start. I've had some pretty good experiences with them, they focus a lot on balancing the whole body as a system (hormones, digestion, etc) to make sure your body has the best possible foundation to heal. I've gotten a lot of benefit balancing my adrenals, female hormones and with digestive issues that significantly diminished my pain. Good luck and best wishes!

Apr 10, 2015 11:51 PM

That's very good to know I will definitely look into that thank you

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