Re: Feelbad any insight?? Opiate tolerant? What comes after ESI's and trigger points
Hi chrissy,i am familiar with your story.sorry for what you are having to deal with and trying to stay clean on top of it,thats a job in and of itself.honestly,for my c spine crap that keeps triggering the cycle of TPs to have to deal with,i have found that the more "outside' methods of controlling them are far more superior than anything i have actually 'taken'.while my oxycontin does help with the more structural/mechanical types of pain process,i cannot get rid of the horrid inflammation up there long enough to really "feel" any progress.the best things i have used are the lidocaine patches,really.the problem with having the inflammation is no matter how many TP injections you get,that will keep the stupid cycle going til the c spine issue thats causing the inflammation goes away.good luck with that right?when i have a particularly bad spot on any given day,i slap on the lido patch and it really does help to calm things down,in alot of cases,in that area,completely.very strange in how these patches actually work with TPs.it really does sound from what you stated that the TPs are a big issue for you too?
injections have their place but as you have found out,they just don't give you actual relief for more than a couple days if your lucky.i also recently discovered this stuff called biofreeze?wow.this has helped alot with the overall upper back and c spine crap.i don't know why or how it just does.unfortunetly you can only obtain it from a chiro.my hubby just happened to work with someone who was seeing one and saw him putting this stuff on his low back one day.he asked him about it and the guy,after my hubby told him about my many issues,actually gave him a couple packets of this gel stuff for me.nice guy.it really does help.i think if you really needed to you could probably find someplace online to obtain it thru.it really works well for my upper back and c spine mess.between this new stuff and my good old lido patches(i also use the lido ointment into the hairline?),this is what i am actually using to control that mess up there.nothing else internally taken really seemed to give me any real relief from that TP cycle of hell it keeps on creating.trying other topicals could also benefit you too.i also found out about the theracane when i went for my latest round of PT.its a cane with knobs on it that you can place over your shoulder from the front,put it over the wad of TP and just pull forward til it releases. it does work wonders for some.also the tennis ball in a sock thing up against a wall and pushing it into the tense areas works for me too.its amazing just how creative you can get when you are suffering isn't it?
this is about all i can think of off hand chrissy.if i think of something else,i will shout it out to you hon.but DO definetly try the lido patches on the TPs.this really is the only real relief i get,just using those on the hot spots.it helps keep the pain of the TP from radiating out to other areas too. good luck,keep me posted on how you are doing,K?marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.
Last edited by feelbad; 10-07-2007 at 07:57 AM.