I have been in chronic pain off and on since my c4-c6 fusion 3 years ago due to huge spurs flattening my spinal cord.
I have done the following treatments:
PT for one year with massage- temporary relief
accupuncture for 3 months 3 times a week- didn't work
heat and cold- temporary relief
facet injections etc.. didn't work
trigger point injections didn't work
accuscope didn't work
all kinds of vitamins and minerals-continued
theracane-use as needed some relief
prescribed meds- cymbalta, lyrica, savella with prn perc( the best for pain for me 5mg,) every kind of muscle relaxer
Some days nothing works and some days I feel okay. I try to keep active walking, classes etc.. but when i am active i hurt more and don't get the relief from therapies I use. Being inactive is unhealthy for both the mind and body so i am in a bind. I want to take the least amt. of meds as possible so i am trying to find a fine balance.
I jiggle my meds around to get the best possible combination. Sometimes i try more lyrica with less perc and a muscle relaxer or the opposite. My dr. understands that we have different needs at different times do to my activity level. I don't always take what is prescribed sometimes less sometimes more. I understand all my meds as well as my pathophys. If one communicates to your health care professional that u are educated in your condition it helps you to receive therapies which are needed. You are the one to communicate this and there is no reason NOT to ask for what you want. I don't play the game, I wouldn't go to a doctor who talks down to patients. I want to be respected as a pt as well as i respect him/her.
The reason I am writing the above is because I believe that others feel this way. I guess that there are ppl here that would look down upon this behavior (i have seen posts that say always to use what is prescribed cause doctor knows best) but I believe there are plenty of us who do take the control but don't just admit it.
I will say that I am a health care professional as well as all my family members (including a doc) so maybe i have another view, but I trust myself to control everything I do when possible which includes pain control, a strict diet to keep my weight down because i can't do heavy activity etc.. Guess i am a controlling person.
I don't need you all to tell me your regime. Just educate yourselves in your condition and take control. It's amazing how much better u will feel in both mind and body.
Hope all in chronic pain feel better!