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Help-Chronic Pain Program

needfusionnneedfusion Posts: 3
edited 05/19/2013 - 7:12 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello All. I am scheduled to start a Chronic Pain Program soon to help me learn how to live with chronic pain and to be more functional in my daily life. I will be there for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Has anyone been through this? Does anyone know what I can expect from this program? I've had one back surgery, laminectomy/discectomy. Now they wan't to do a 360 fusion. I really wan't to try to make it without another surgery as long as I can. Any information will be appreciated. Thank you all so much. Wayne


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    Hi Wayne,
    I'm sorry that you are facing another surgery and having to adjust to how to manage with chronic pain. What levels are you having problems with?
    As far as the pain program, usually it is part physical therapy, part teaching you proper body mechanics, using other modalities like ice, heat, excercise, swimming, TENS, biofeedback and other modalities to help decrease the pain. Think of pain management like a tool chest- as you add each tool to the box, you have more options available to you, for the days when the pain flares up, aside from just medications or excercises, each tool or modalities, while separate might not bring the pain levels down enough, but using several tools together , like the different heads for a screw driver, will allow you to put a frame together around the pain, and therefore bring the pain under better control.
    Give it a good effort you might be able to add a whole new tool set to your box, which will help you in the immediate post op period and while you recuperate from this surgery.
  • Ive just been through the pain program but mine was spread over ten weeks, attending one day a week. They teach you the biology of pain and why we feel pain, they will explain in detail your actual condition. They also teach you things like relaxation, sleep awareness, exercises that are suited to you, how to deal with flare ups. Not only do they look at the physical side but they also look at the mental effects chronic pain has and give you support if needed. I personally didnt take that much from the program, only the mental support. But saying that many people in my group did. I also made a lovely group of friends all in the same position so they dont judge you. One person in particular. If your to take anything from it go in with a open mind and try your best with it.
    I hope all goes well for you,
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