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May 17, 2015 1:31 AM

Hi everyone,

I wanted to thank Flappy (I think) for the info on the Voltaren gel. I asked my PCP for it, and she ordered it--no appt. I've been on diclofenac before, so not so big. She's been my primary care doc for 10 years.

I think ferritbandit talked about magnesium spray. Two bottles of Calm have been in my fridge for years, but I think it's disgusting. Both a neuro and my PCP suggested Mg. I ordered some Ancient Minerals off Amazon. Got a glass spray bottle. We shall see.

Just wanted to let you guys know that your kindnesses are appreciated :)!!

I get 4 procedures: Botox injections, trigger point injections, occipital nerve blocks, and cervical RFA. Read a paper on RFA. Apparently, when doing it with spinal nerves, there are 6 sites at which the RFA can be done. I assume that there are 6 because they produce 6 different results. The RFA helps me a lot, however, I know some people have had disasters. The diagnostic procedure is really important in finding what works best. And finding a good doc (of course!!). My first pain doc was an awful man, and years passed before I saw another. The one I have now is awesome. He's young (I think he's my age), and went into pain management to actually help people--he doesn't subscribe to the old rule that doctors are gods.There are so many condescending bleeping doctors out there. I have had so much crap thrown at me.

Right now, I'm at my brothers with my uncle. Point being, my uncle--whom I love and like very much--is a doctor, yet he's given me some terrible advice. So even someone who absolutely has your best interests at heart may not be helpful.

On May 20, I turn 40. I am thankful that I am alive. I am thankful that I finally have the correct diagnoses (everything, not just pain). I am thankful that I finally have competent doctors. I am thankful that, even with my limitations, my brain is actually working, and I can enjoy helping my nephew (age 8) put a fish tank together for the three goldfish he won at a fair today :). I am thankful that all of you are here, and that you all support one another.

If there's one thing that makes me sad, it's that I wanted to have kids. It wasn't my body--it was being on a slew of unneeded medications which meant that getting pregnant was a bad idea. It is what it is.

I have given up on keeping a pain chart. The pain chart is not actually useful for me. But being here helps. My personality really changes with pain--that's my problem.

I hope you all have a pain free second, a pain free moment, maybe a pain free day.

And regarding shoes--I find that because shoes effect the way I stand and walk, they really effect my pain levels. But it's been impossible to find shoes that are really helpful. I wear Dansko shoes--the ones nurses often wear in hospitals--but I'm still holding out that there is something better. So was wondering if anyone else finds this is true, and how you deal with it...

May 17, 2015 11:58 AM

I'm glad you found a compassionate doctor.
So far, the doctor who has been the most compassionate is my physical therapist.
Shoes usually cut off circulation for me, so I always wear slip ons, and them avoid wearing them.
I don't know what type of shoe is best, but for my sister heels are more comfortable than sneakers.
My family hikes, and she'll be wearing heels while the rest of us are in sneakers or boots.

May 17, 2015 2:55 PM

I recently found a few good pairs of shoes through Amazon, Propet, Ryco, and Lifefit. All are really good and reasonably priced.

May 17, 2015 8:23 PM

I'm so glad the voltaren gel is helping you! I had to use some twice today myself. Keeping you in my prayers, and everyone else to! 🙏🌼

May 20, 2015 1:51 PM

Will be looking for the miracle gel tomorrow. I really need it. 4am right now!

May 20, 2015 6:13 PM

Voltaren gel is prescription and my doc usually gives me 2-3 tubes at a time. It doesn't work for everyone or everything but its the best ointment I've ever used.

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