This week, we explore the problem of persistent pain. We find out how chronic pain is currently treated, and look to our DNA for the genetic clues that could lead to future painkillers. In the news, a new TB vaccination that stands out on it's own, how babies make sense of broken toys, and why flying in a flock may be exhausting for pigeons. Plus, in Question of the Week, Diana asks why we have a spare copy of some organs.
I have been diagnosed with Late stage Lyme disease. I have had it approximately 20 years untreated. Seems I had a couple nasty bugs a couple years ago Two types of pneumonia and was treated for 7 and 1/2 months with Doxycycline, and found that by pure accident we may or may not have treated the Lyme that we did not know I had. Now in the face of all that I am still experiencing chronic pain from the damage to the joints... This week I am transferring from a walker which has been impossible to use lately to a power wheelchair, because I can no longer stand or walk for any distance without extreme pain and dislocation of my hip. How does this work and why does the pain come from one place, like the hip joint, but feels like it moves down the thigh. My doctor said it is felt in different places but originates like in the hip.. He called it something...? :-) I cant remember the type of pain. I would like to know how our own DNA and genetic clues might sometime soon help me? At this point I have gone through physical therapy to keep the muscles strong, as well as cortisone shots in all my joints, which has really been very ineffective for me. They also seem to throw Pain medications (Norco) at the pain. They have recommended morphine and or Oxycontin for the severe pain which has been left after damage from Lyme and arthritis.
Sounds like "referred pain", Karen.
There are some very good results with electricity, using a weak current blocking your pain receptors. But it involves a operation as I understand. Also if there is someone near you that have a real knowledge of acupuncture it might help. There were some clinical studies here in Sweden, where doctors used it instead of analgesic, getting good results. Also, as you walk differently due to pain you may strain new muscles and ligaments, and so getting a pain there too. If you can find a way to reduce your intake of painkillers its always worth it, as I see it :)
physcial therapy is very helpful in these scenario these are the quite common pains where it really needs physical therapy and its really helpful too......