Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Appointment With My New Pain Specialist


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Last Wednesday I had my appointment with the new pain specialist Dr. G. Overall it went well and I liked the doctor. He seemed well versed on my conditions and was very kind. I got a little upset during the appointment because I think some part of me hoped he would have some spectacular, perfect option to try. Of course he doesn't, but there is at least one thing he could suggest that we can try.

I will be going back the day after Memorial Day for a procedure to see if I am a candidate for radiofrequency nerve ablation. He will inject an anesthetic into the nerves along my neck to see if I get pain relief. If I do, I will be a candidate for the radiofrequency nerve ablation procedure, which involves heating the nerves to destroy them so they cannot send pain signals. It is by no means a sure thing, but helps a lot of people.

If any of you have had experiences with radiofrequency nerve ablation I'd love to hear about them.

He started me on Lyrica to see if that might help with my pain. He said that methadone might be an option for me, but didn't have time to discuss it at that appointment. I'm not sure if that will make sense for me or not, but it's probably worth discussing.

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