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You're blocking my nerves!

Finally, a piece of good news! The doctor examined me today and says the swelling is about where it was before the surgery, and the temperature and color are good. He didn't think the extra hair growth was anything to worry about. So, he decided to do an ankle block which takes less time, is easier for me in general and a whole lot less invasive than the sympathetic block.

It did hurt, but I'm completely numb and have a pain level of zero, which is good. It's a very good block. I'm a whole lot more comfortable!

In recovery, the nurse talked with me for a while and said she thinks I should try biofeedback. I'm interested. She's going to talk to my doctor for me (not the one who does the blocks, the one I see to figure out other courses of actions as they relate to RSD). Anyway... I'll try anything to get the pain down, or at least deal with it more effectively.




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Aug. 22nd, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Yea for good news! It's about time you have a pain level of 0. Do you knwo how long it's been since you've said you had a pain level of 0? I can't think of any time at all, though I'm sure there had to have been, probably more than a year ago. Awesome news. I'm so happy for you!
What is bio feedback? Curious.

Aug. 22nd, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
Bio feedback
Bio feedback is a method of teaching skills to regulate body functions commonly associated with stress (pain is a form of stress). In my case, with RSD, these things are totally messed up in my foot. I don't know or understand more than that at this point, but they did give me a pamphlet about it.

As for the last time I had a pain level of 0, I don't know either. The sympathetic blocks did help a lot, and pain levels were 0 for a short time, but usually in the 1-3 range. It's hard to have anything other than a pain level of 0 with an ancle block because you can't feel your foot. It's wonderful...

Hugs back!
Aug. 22nd, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hey dear,

If you're even a bit interested in looking into that biofeedback kind of stuff, I have a friend who's very into it and does a lot of stuff that has to do with that and reflexology and stuff.

Would you mind if I mentioned your case to her to see if she has any suggestions? She's fully trained and certified and stuff.

Let me know.

Glad you're feeling good!

Aug. 22nd, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
For now, let's just wait to see what the doctors say about it. I'd like to stay with the pain clinic's practitioners for now, since they have access to my charts. I definitely appreciate the thought though, it's just that I think I need to stick with the pain clinic...

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