The long, slow road to physiotherapy
I've been with a pain management program trying to get my neck and head pain under control, simply so I can tolerate the physiotherapy, which I am certain will afford me the best opportunity for long term recovery.
Since February 2016, I have been prescribed amitriptyline, Lyrica, and gabapentin, for their possible pain relieving side effects. All to no avail.
My goal has always been to obtain sufficient pain relief to carry me through physiotherapy, hopefully, leading to increased mobility and a life free of pain meds.
Anyone out there have any idea how many more experiments I have to participate in before the doc finally prescribes some actual pain relief? I feel that the longer I wait, the more difficult enduring physio will be for me.
From what you say, I think your best bet is to find a physiotherapist who has experience with chronic pain patients. That way you can start gentle mobility now, instead of waiting for pain relief first. My physiotherapist is highly qualified in chronic pain and that is what we do. When I had "normal" physiotherapy, I actually got worse because it stirred everything up. You shouldn't have to "endure" physio, it should be something gentle and tailored just for you. Speak to your doctor about it and see if you can find someone. The Australian Physiotherapy Association may be able to help you. All the best.
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