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Inventions for Pain!
Caprice_WebMD_Staff posted:
What invention would you like to see which would most help you with your pain? It can be a device, treatment, medicine, whatever you can dreamâ?¦. And dream BIG.

Sometimes I think I'd like a way for others (doctors, family and friends) to actually feel what I feel if only for a short time, just so they could really understand.

How about you?
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
~Joseph Campbell
it_is_what_it_is responded:
would love to have a room to go were there is no gravity to push on my body, there are days that just the wait of the air hurts.
Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to it_is_what_it_is's response:
Oh! I would love that too! What a fun idea.
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
~Joseph Campbell
davedsel57 responded:
I would love it if we really had medical tools like they have on Star Trek. A trans-dermal hypo-spray to take away pain. The ability to scan your whole body in seconds, diagnose the problem, and perform a few minute long minimally invasive surgical procedure that solves the problem with very little recovery pain and time. Can't wait for the 23rd century!
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it_is_what_it_is replied to davedsel57's response:
no kidding, we could get hole new bodies YEA... i like your thinking.
Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to davedsel57's response:
I'm with you there, Dave!
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
~Joseph Campbell
cristiano99 responded:
A number of years ago I went into the hospital for 5 days worth of spinal injections of morphine by my pm doc. Morphine into the spinal column to see if I was a candidate for an intrathecal morphine pump. 3 of the 5 days, the injections were brutal-much scarring to go through, etc. with me squirming around, hollering. But...1 minute or so following the 1st injection, I could breathe deeply w/o pain, all my back muscles suddenly relaxed for the 1st time in 5 years. My pain management dr. told me this was done several years before on a regular basis for people who had severe chronic back pain about once a year like a vacation-as a break from pain. like a vacation, but then he said the insurance companies quit ok-ing it because of the expense.
I realize now what a risky thing it was, since the 2 following surgeries that my back doctors swore I absolutely needed. and I had, and now my back is so screwed up nothing can be done. What would be great would be something a person could have where for a 12 to 24 hour period, all their pain went away. I had a burst fracture on L1 and basic fractures on L 2, 3, and 4. Fusion done, metal out a year later, then the fusion broke in two a year later and cut a chunk out of my spinal cord. That was in 2000. Now, I am taking 80 mgs a day of methadone and 20 a day of oxycodone (325 mg) a day for breakthrough. I have not taken any action to end the pain due to my belief God has a reason for me to be on the planet, but the pain is (at best) a six and most time goes from 7-8. sometime worse. I am slowly wearing down. I am sure you have heard-some days you are the bug and some, the windshield. My windshield days are far and few between,, so-the pain-away device for a day would certainly be cool.
Ravenwulf responded:
I'm right there with you on wishing these docs could feel what we feel....but in the interest of having an original thought in my head, what I'd like MOST OF ALL, is to have docs that understand that SOMETIMES the drugs that other docs have put us on were there for a reason!!

Case in point: I recently had to change pain clinics because of location (distance), new symptoms affecting my ability to drive (uncontrolled seizures that all these docs are swearing are pain-driven and therefore will not medicate) and availability. When I switched, the new doc was okay with my treatment plan. About a month later, enter new BigWig. BW rips me off ALL narcotics (that were working to minor extent) and drops me down to the bottom of protocol on tricyclics/muscle relaxers. Guess who is NOW seizing multiple times a day, every day instead every so often?

Now searching for pelvic pain specialist in terms of new pain mgmt doc.
Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to cristiano99's response:
I love the idea of having the ability to take a pain vacation, Christiano.

I hope that this weekend you find an ease in your own symptoms, at least for a little while.
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
~Joseph Campbell
Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to Ravenwulf's response:
I hope you find the pelvic pain specialist you need, Ravenwulf. It sounds like you've been going through quite an ordeal.

Thanks for sharing your idea here.
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
~Joseph Campbell
mskite responded:
The a pain pump will do wonders on pain relief. a EBT full body scan is a marvel for tests. It even does a colon scope. This should fill some of your wishes. Follow on down this site for more of my answers for people. Sometimes I also ask help questions.
wyohmy15 responded:
I would settle for a reverse of the inversion table. Let me put some traction on my head to remove weight from my neck. Would make me a happy man for however short the length of time I could use it. Lol, I actually use a fitness ball to put ppressure on pain in back. Hurts so much I forgot that it was hhurting!
Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to wyohmy15's response:
Hi Wyohmy,

Wouldn't a regular inversion table help with that? And/or have you done traction specific to you with a physical therapist?

(I loved the inversion table I had as it did ease some of my back pain. Unfortunately, it created horrible vertigo that ended up lasting for days so I had to stop.)
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
~Joseph Campbell
annette030 replied to wyohmy15's response:
I have a home traction device that puts traction on my cervical spine (neck). I stayed in it for up to 30 minutes, and the relief was such that I used it 2-3 times a day, back when my neck was a problem, I keep it for if I need it now. I used it along with other treatment modalities of course.

It is a soft collar attached to a bar and rope, that goes up, through a pulley attached to a device that fits over a door, then the rope goes down to a water bag that I filled according to what the doctor ordered. Easy to use, and I could watch TV or just be quiet and calm when it was in use.

Take care, Annette
annette030 replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
I don't have room for an inversion table in my small apartment. Are there any that fold up to stow in a closet easily?

Hugs, Annette

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