I have two arthritic knees... one I can't walk down steps with... I do a weird shuffle and some apparently unexplained back pain that on some days causes me to throw up and most days is a level 4 if I am lucky. Will they actually help me?
I've been in pain management for years for my back pain. They have done steroid injections for me, prescribed compounded cream, and pain patches. recently had my third radio frequency ablation done and that had the best results.
Do you have MRIs and X-rays they can look at? they may request a new one.
Yes, they actually have helped me.
Hi Moochkins, i have gone to pain management for my knees and back. I got needels in my back like 4 times and it is going on a year and a half and my back is still good. I had needles put in my knees and my knees got worse, i walked like a zombie, i take Zoloft and flexeril now and i had to go to therapy cause i couldn't walk. I am just learning to walk again, but my knees are still a little stiff. I answerd your question because i wanted to tell you about the knees especially if you have arthritis. I hope this helps you. I think maybe you should try the instaflex and turmeric tea first.
moochkins; I also have been to a few pain clinics and there is nothing to worry about, Some good doctors and nurses that are just there to help us. They well choice what is best to try for each case or person. I crushed my leg between bumpers of cars and was in very serious pain nerve and bone for so many years. Now with the good skills of the pain clinic My pain is as under control as it has ever been. Make sure you take any information you have on your condition and trust them also a list of any and all medications your taking encluding over the counter and any suppliments you may be taking. Good luck for much less pain soon.
A lot depends on the Pain Management Clinic itself. Some are good some not so much. The one time I was referred to a pain clinic was a living nightmare. Pill pushers who barely kept records, and could never ONCE find my chart at my regular visit. When I asked them how they could keep track of me when they couldn't even find my chart, they asked me what they needed it for. I said "what if I'm lying to you?" The doctor said "are you lying to me?"
This particular clinic was recently shut down, and the managing doctor charged with many sexual assaults on patients. And this recommendation came from my primary care physician. I refuse to go to them anymore.
I'm sure there are good ones out there, but at my age I'm not into experimenting. They usually start you at the bottom rung of the ladder treatment wise, and work up from there. I've been at the bottom to the top rung, and I'm rung out!!
I now live out my life peacefully with a doctor who treats my pain, my anxiety, and a cardiologist who treats my heart. Life is quiet for me. I like it that way.
My husband was in terrible pain with arthritis in his knees. He got just one shot which helped some. But what really gave him terrific help was Turmeric, 3 tablets a day (as recommended on the bottle) from Costco. Costco almost always has the lowest prices. Also for the pain he also needs to bicycle almost every day. Those 2 things have saved him. His orthopedic surgeon told him it was time for surgery, but to wait as long as possible because the surgery doesn't last and better procedures are coming along with time. My husband said that for some the Turmeric may not help much, But the one friend that he recommended it to, it made a tremendous difference for him too. It would be worth a try.
As long as they have your medical records of what you're seeing them for then it should be easy peezy. But expect to deal with drug screening and the always annoying task of getting on the proper dose for your specific maladies. It will take time to get there but hopefully you will sooner than later.
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