chronic pain

Nurses Disabilities


Specializes in Mental Health, Gerontology, Palliative.

 I have sustained a lot of injuries over the years. Call it a combiniation of obesity which worsens the impact of falls , falls related to general clutzyness, Injuries sustained in the work place, the most recent a prolapsed disc and exposed nerve at the L5. 

I had been experiencing an increase in my pain levels. Moving from needing to take codiene 1-2 a month to 1 or twice a week on top of iburprofen and paracetamol. Determined that I'm not increasing the codiene or going for anything harder. I have been fortunate to get treatment through ACC and today went for a guided steroid injection of the site. 

I'm experiencing a wierd reaction. I've had the pain in that area for so long post procedure I have no pain it feels like a shadow pain that vanishes as soon as I examine it closely. 

Has anyone else had pain for so long and had something done that got rid of it but it took a while to realise you were actually pain free

Also if anyone has non pharmacological interventions that they use that work for them please feel free to share

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life).

OMG _ I so feel you. I have chronic pain that is sometimes intractible. I had a similar reaction when I has a streroid injection in my knee. The solution formed chrystals that required movement to release. As for non pharmacological pain pain relief I have been playing around with herbal and Ayurvedic principals that have brought my blood sugars under control and also brought my pain to a manageble level that does not require opioid intervention. I took Norco for years. I can't go into specifics here due to TOS but you can PM me so we can communicate privately. 


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