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Post by Dove96 on Sat 30 Aug 2014, 09:28

I am trying an "Alpha Stim" CES unit for pain. It creates a wave form between the electrodes on your ears. You can adjust the strength and wave form.
When my doctor suggested it I thought "Hooey" and "Pigswallup". I don't like gadgets, there are so many on the market. I did the research - there are a lot of studies, the American Military uses it for PTSD patients.
First time I was amazed. My bad side felt "heavy" while my OK side felt nothing, then for 3 days I did not wake up with my normal headache - nice.
I used it once a week in her office for 3 months. Morning headaches ceased for a few days after each session, on a bad pain day, it could lower the pain for up to 4 hours.
I purchased one for home use. I use it every couple days on the lowest setting on the basic wave form. If I increase it too much I feel like I am on a bad sea voyage on morphine.
I put in a claim to Sunlife and they paid 80% of the cost up to $800.
It is not a magic fix-all but for me:
It eliminates morning headaches
It lowers some aspects of pain for a time.
This is heaven.

Note: It does not stop pain all together i.e. if I am at an 8 it may lower it to a 6. Also it does not work on all types of pain.

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Post by Guest on Sat 30 Aug 2014, 11:17

Similarly Dove, there is also Neurofeedback treatment which are done by a technician in office usually at the recommendation of Psychologist, Psychiatrist. It is important to note that DVA now covers  the cost of this treatment for service related illnesses and injuries.
I can personally state it has helped me. But Dove I am going to look into your suggestion too. Thanks.

http: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurofeedback

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Post by Sapper Zodiak on Sat 30 Aug 2014, 13:29

Good form folks! The wisdom here is comforting. No one wants to be a zombie/over medicated. The technology may be a thing to try in the near future. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Post by pinger on Sat 30 Aug 2014, 17:35

This is great stuff to hear! Like the "Alpha Stims" you mention Dove and the initial Hooey reluctance you had about it. Reminds me of TENS machines for some reason.
I think the naturopath route has generally improved since the mid 90's. But even if some of these things may be covered under POC benefits, I'm leary (or stubborn).
Read.... buyer beware.

Doing ones research like Trooper mentioned is one thing, jumping on a bandwagon is quite another. I refrain from the latter and just wait for the medicinal verdicts.

Bigrex, your line sprang out to me also. Walking around like a zombie. Did it for many, many years, and there really ain't no end to it...
so I figure, cut my losses, take the pain in the teeth (whooa) and if my life...style isn't rosey well, at least I'm not fertilizing them yet!

Been doing that for quite a while now (v.hard), but not the fertilizing part.

You are my peers and you have my respect.  pinger.
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Re: Pain Relief

Post by pinger on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 23:37

Had a couple more facet injections recently. Me no like'm'
But their kinda like a laser guided cheap trick these days
So I keep faith to a small degree...

stay well all.
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Post by Sapper Zodiak on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 10:09

I am awaiting injections at the pain clinic here in Nanaimo, BC. It took me since last May to get in. Hopefully soon I can get some relief. I've had injections before and also a Facet joint Rhizotomy done, which lasted for a time. I hope to try everything else to avoid surgery.
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Post by bigrex on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 11:46

I had Lidacain injections for my back at the pain clinic, and they has absolutely effect. The pain specialist refused to continue with the treatments. He said said poking me, for the sake of poking me, was senseless.
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Re: Pain Relief

Post by pinger on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 19:23

Hey Sapper Zodiak, the Facet joint Rhizotomy you had done did they BURN the nerves?
A rhizotomy is a procedure as opposed to a chemical injection right?

Coulda swore the attending doc mentioned rhizotomy with the cortico's injected.
Anyway, my pain is down 20% but not the symptoms/numbness.
That said, think I'll still pass on a lobotomy...

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Post by pinger on Tue 29 Mar 2016, 19:39

Had a follow up and I'm not amused. Told the specialist today it was 20% better for 3 days.
Want's to re-assess in 2 months followed by another shot. I had a total of 3 that don't work, just a song and dance.
Think I'll walk away from that nonsense, keep taking less pain pills, find an infra-red heat lamp teen mentioned somewhere and keep accepting left-overs. Pain is my... friend Twisted Evil
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Post by seadog44 on Fri 08 Apr 2016, 04:01

At the end of my rope here....for almost 8 years ihave been dealing with severe ptsd....abandoned all of my life long friends and now have none. been self medicating with alcohol alone in my basement for 8yrs and can't believe i am still here. My psycholigest has givin up on me since i have refused to talk about anything related. he calls me the king of avoidance. I have since been seeing a phycitrast who just follows up to make sure the meds are not causeing side effects. but the reality is i am just going through the motions so the checks keep coming to pay the rent and child support since am am far from employable. Deep down i want my wife to leave me so i can become another statistic of the macdonald bridge. my sgt killed himself a few yrs ago, i questionedit for sometime but now i think i see why....this is not a suicide note....just loosing faith and hope....walk of shame is coming up soon...fr what? so i can continus to drinkmelf asllepforanother year? sorry all. i'm sure i will passout after a few more beer, and then repeat again tommorow, and the next day. things on my mind i cant say anywhere esle because people dont get it. this seems like the only site where people do get it. i just don;t know any more. lost. sooo this is my life. please don't reply to this. i just needed to say it somewhere.

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Re: Pain Relief

Post by Dannypaj on Fri 08 Apr 2016, 05:44

My friend I went to the Crosbie house and got sober here in NS. That was my first step, but like you, I am going through the motions, except no headaches in the morning and a way clearer mind.
Have some MMJ prescribed to cut the edge off and as a distraction.
Do not give up hope, I haven't yet and it has been since 1998 buddy.
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Re: Pain Relief

Post by Dannypaj on Fri 08 Apr 2016, 05:57

Bigrex, Navrat, Bin Rat, Seadog and there are a few others on here including myself, we all need to get together in person for a coffee and discuss our issues with voices instead of keystrokes. There are little birdies reading our post apparently, tweet, tweet.
It is a whole new world now that we are all starting to connect by social media and GOC now will be scrutinized to the maximum.
Lest we forget that they made their Promises to us Veterans, we just listened and voted for what we believed was the best for Vets.


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Re: Pain Relief

Post by Dannypaj on Fri 08 Apr 2016, 06:00

We were bloody lied to guys and gals! LMAO, I will C I A you later and RIP before We PIA all over your grave.
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Post by Dannypaj on Fri 08 Apr 2016, 06:09

But in all seriousness, we will prevail! They made it clear to the Canadian public that there was an issue with the Department of Veterans Affairs. They are reopening closed offices and getting everyone up to speed.
Let us continue to grow in numbers and get the word out, so if things haven't  changed we will know just by our own individual experience with VAC, just as a small percentage of the Veterans population on this site.
So far I have experienced ZERO change
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Re: Pain Relief

Post by Trooper on Fri 08 Apr 2016, 06:21

Seadog hang in there buds , the thing is we here on CSAT will reply because that's what we do here , we help one another.

Seadog feel free to post your feelings anytime you feel the need too.

Danny very well said !
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