Originally Posted by Richie-Rich
Hey Bonni, have you gone to an acupuncturist? May not be a cure but it can be the drug free total relief you seek.
I have had IMS done, which is similar to acupuncture, but different. It worked great
for me, but my issues were very very very minor compared with yours .. although anything is worth a try? It is more widely used in Canada than in the US, but you're pretty close to Canada, so maybe there are more practitioners nearby.www.intramuscularstimulation.com/2.htm
Many people who suffer from chronic pain become frustrated and depressed when their doctors cannot help. Some try medications and physical therapies such as massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic- even surgery, and still do not find lasting relief.
The following document explains briefly how chronic pain can occur, even when there is no injury or inflammation, and it describes a scientifically proven method for diagnosing and treating it.What is intramuscular stimulation (IMS)?
Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin (see below). IMS was developed by Dr. Chan Gunn while he was a clinic physician at the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia. Dr.. Gunn, is currently a clinical professor and teaches IMS at the University of Washington's Multidisciplinary Pain Centre in Seattle and the University of British Columbia's Medical School. IMS is also taught and utilised at many centres around the world.
IMS is effective and has few side-effects; the technique is also unequalled for finding and diagnosing muscle shortening in deep muscles.
Although IMS uses implements adapted from traditional acupuncture, it is based on scientific, neurophysiological principles. The acupuncture needle used is very thin (much thinner than the hollow needle used to inject medicine or take blood samples). You may not even feel it penetrating the skin, and if your muscle is normal, the needle is painless.
However if your muscle is supersensitive and shortened, you'll feel a peculiar sensation - like a muscle cramp. This is a distinctive type of discomfort caused by the muscle grasping the needle. Patients soon learn to recognise and welcome this sensation. They call it a "good" or positive pain because it soon disappears and is followed by a wonderful feeling of relief and relaxation. The needle may still be in you, but because the muscle is no longer tight, you no longer feel it. What has happened is that the needling has caused your abnormal muscle shortening to intensify and then release. It is important that you experience this sensation in order to gain lasting relief.Neuropathy
- what happens when nerves start to go wrong...
Doctors usually have no difficulty in treating pain caused by injury (a fracture, for example) or inflammation (such as rheumatoid arthritis). They are perplexed however by pain that shows no sign of tissue damage or inflammation.
This type of pain, known as neuropathic pain, typically occurs when nerves malfunction following minor irritation. Nerves and nerve endings become extremely sensitive and cause innocent, harmless signals to be exaggerated and misinterpreted as painful ones.This characteristic is known medically as supersensitivity). The result is pain, even when extensive medical tests show there is "nothing wrong". Until recently, supersensitivity has received little attention in medical circles......