I asked about a NMES machine (neuromuscular electrical stimulator) which I have heard is best for fibro and chronic myofascial pain and other pain as well. The company called me when I got home and they have a TENS machine that has 17 different treatment programs on it , one of which is a NMES. It will arrive Tuesday and then I am to call the company and they will explain how to use it and all. She wants me to use it 8 to 10 hours a day, but as this treatment takes weeks before it starts to work, I need to be able to wear my 2 lidoderm patches on the low back and volatren gel on my hips so I can exercise, clean, etc. So I will wear it a couple of hours each evening instead. The good part is since my deductible is met my insurance company will rent it for me for a month and if it helps they will buy it for me!
I agreed to try an S1 injection which they don't knock you out for if they gave me a 10 mg valium to take before hand so I don't have an anxiety attack. The nurst told me they numb it before they give it and it is over in a minute. She has had them several times and they are not that bad. I will hold my judgement will afterwards and see for myself.
The doctor gave me tylenol 3 to try in place of my darvocet when the pain hits bad at night. I have found that the cat's claw and tart cherry capsules I heard about from Dr. Oz, have cut the arthritis part of the pain by about 40% so I am very happy about that.
I am very pleased with my new pain management team and can't wait to try the new machine and see if it leads to relief in my hips at night.
sue in ohio