Pain clinic visit went well.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Thank goodness they were very understanding of my ongoing pain. They were very professional and the doctor suggested a lidocaine injection for my ongoing tailbone pain which she thought could be more helpful than the cortisone injection I had 2 years ago. I’m going ahead with that. They also suggested a prescription that won’t affect my kidneys since I was taken off antii-inflammatory meds 2-3 years ago. I hope that helps. They also supported my continued physical activities and encouraged me when I mentioned that I knew I would feel better carrying less weight on my frame. Overall, I feel better just knowing they are giving me helpful advice. In the past, I have had doctors tell me things like, “just learn to live with it,” which is not helpful at all. The worst comments made by previous doctors were: You’re going to be in a wheelchair by the time you’re 60 (said to me when I was 40) and another doctor said you’re just going to get worse the older you get. At this point I am using a walker and sometimes a cane and have NO plans to give up walking even though sometimes it takes me an hour to walk a mile cause I have to rest about every 2 to 3 blocks.
I know a lot of doctors don’t make very accurate predictions. For example: Doctors told my aunt when she retired from an active career that she probably would die from ALS in 6 months, but she lived 30 years, so she unfortunately had a lot of years of suffering.