Thursday, October 21, 2010

For your 4-1-1

For anyone who is curious about my decision to start down the route of getting a spinal cord stimulator (SCS). I have not come to this decision lightly or quickly. I have been doing research on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) & it's possible treatments for the past year. I have seen one pain management doctor, Dr. Malinoff. He specializes in getting people off of narcotics. This is the same doctor who told me that the pain was in my imagination. He also told me that he would NEVER recommend any other treatment beyond the medication he was prescribing. I prayed & thought long'n hard about what to do. My answer was that I needed to find a second opinion. I had also talked to my orthopedic surgeon & he suggested that I find a second opinion as well. I searched quite a bit online & talked to others who also suffer with CRPS. I had Dr. Edward Washabaugh recommended to me. I didn't just go with him based on this recommendation. I also did research on him & prayed about whether or not he was the right doctor. I know he was the doctor I was suppose to find. Thus far I think he is a good doctor. The difference between the two chronic pain management doctors I have seen is that, Dr. Malinoff is a medication specialist....where as Dr. Washabaugh is an anesthesiologist.

The SCS is my last resort before having to more than likely get a morphine pump or be put on a bunch of narcotics...again. I don't want to go back on the narcotics for my pain. I absolutely hated being on them & hated how they made me feel. I have tried so much to help control the symptoms caused by the CRPS. The SCS is my next step. I have been in pain for over 2 years, I have to try the next step in line. Again, I am not taking this at all lightly. I know that this is the right decision for me. Once I made up my mind to start down this path, I felt at peace with it.

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