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Intercostal Neuralgia/Nerve Pain
Laurajo126 posted:
I just recently got diagnosed with Intercostal Neuralgia in September 2012. My systems don't match exactly but the pain specialist thought this is where I "fit" most. Whatever that means.
I have been having pain in my upper left torso front and back for the last 3 years. I have not had any surgeries or trauma in that region. When I first saw my Dr. we thought maybe I was getting Shingles, even though I had no visible signs of it, but my symptoms seemed to match that of Shingles. Needless to say I have been on several medications- Antidepressants, Pain meds, anti seizure meds and meds for herpes outbreaks. I have had injections, which actually gave me 95% relief and then the Dr. didn't want to do anymore after the trail runs, said they were "too destructive".
I have been to Neurologists, Pain Specialists, Acupuncture, massage therepy, chiroprator, neurosurgeons, meditation group, and the list goes on. I know I'm not alone with my symptons of pain but I feel like I'm always running into dead ends and Dr's that give me false hope. I'm hoping by joining this community that maybe I will find answers or ideas on where to go next. If anyone has options that they have tried, I would love to hear from you!
77grace responded:
Hi Laurajo126,
I'm a little atr a loss on what to say<it sounds like you have been through all kinds of tests and meds ,plus you say ,Injedtions!What were they and why did he do them if they were dangerous??I know how hard Nerve pain is and I guess I would recomend a pain specailist!Or try a differnt Nuerologist!!!
Hang in theremwe are here for you! 77grace
Laurajo126 replied to 77grace's response:
Hi 77grace,
I don't know why the pain specialist even gave me the "trail" intercostal nerve blocks, I went into the hospital twice to have this procedure done and neither time did she say anything about it being destructive. I went to her and she said "I have something that will eliminate your pain" Once having them- they did actually work 98% but then to turn around and say "No more, to destructive" was like sending me back to square one, all over again. I am actually seeing a new pain specialist in a town about 3 hours from me on June 6. I am still hopeful that someone, somewhere will have answers or relief for me. Thank you for your reply, It does help to know that I am not alone, but sad at the same time to know other people are going through such pain on a daily basis. We can all hang in there together!
Chia123 responded:
Would Cryoablation, which is freezing of the related nerves, help? Radiologists seem to be doing this out-patient treatment. I believe it is a fairly new procedure.

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