Oooh Hospital again
So Today was my second visit to the Pain management clinic at Charring Cross Hospital in London, 4 weeks ago the new medication they got me to try was an Opioid called Tapentadol which caused some horrible side effects.
In the past 7 years I’ve had many treatments and medications to try to help with my constant widespread pain.
First I was tried on Gabapentin & Pregabalin they’re epilepsy drugs which are also used to treat nerve pain, horrible side effects and weight gain.
Then they tried me on Amitripyline then Tramadol again side effects but no pain relief.
I was then tried on codeine phosphate which caused me to have hallucinations but also did nothing for the pain
Next they gave me a Steroid injection into my lower back , but it didn’t help to reduce the pain.
3 years ago they tried me on a 3.5 hour steroid infusion spread over 2 days, but again a few minor side effects but no pain relief..
Today’s visit to the pain management centre involved a 10 mg Ketimine which worked really well got me as high as a kite and for the first time in 7 years I was pain-free, straight after the injection I was put on a Lidocaine which they were hoping would reset my nerve pain levels back to Zero.
The infusion lasted for about an hour, for the first half hour I laid there bid smile on my face listening to queen blast out on my head phones, for me at that point I thought life couldn’t get any better. Sadly I was right, as the Ketimine started to wear off the pain started returning legs first, then spine and Neck.
Now I am back Home it’s 9pm and all the pain has returned, back to the levels I have now become used to. I’m still glad I tried the treatment as it may have ment I might have been able to return to my job which I love doing. Two good things about today I got to go up to LOndon with the wife and youngest daughter and during the treatment I got to listen to one of my favourite albums Queen’s greatest Hits uninterrupted, just hope I wasn’t singing out loud.
Till the next time, look after yourselves,