although I’m not sure that he’d like to be referred to as “The Pain Guy” when he’s really an anesthesiologist who is fellowship trained in pain management.
Maybe we could call him the “Unpain guy” ??
I’m not looking forward to having large needles stuck between the narrowed arthritic joints in my neck. However, when the “Unpain guy” does epidural steroid injections into those T 1 nerve roots to help the damaged nerves in my arm (from surgery last September), he does miracles.
The negatives: The whole procedure pretty much really hurts. The nerve is REALLY irritable for a day or two after, therefore I’m rather irritable for a day or two after. They put LOTS of steroids into my nerves, but the steroids don’t stay there, they seep out into the rest of my body and make me restless and irritable. (oh and did I say “irritable”??) Plus I have to be horizontal the rest of today and can’t drive for 24 hours.
The positives: This steroid epidural will help for about 4 weeks… it will let me go hours and hours without even thinking about my arm. Mr. “Unpain guy” also manages my oral pain medicines… he works it out so that I take just eough to let me do all my work and activities (within reason) … the goal isn’t to be pain free, it’s to be functional. I appreciate that he takes the extra time to find just the right balance.
Meanwhile, tomorrow is bilateral breast biopsy day for a special friend of mine. Her appointment is at 9. Please join me then, light a candle and sit with your little ones to say a decade or two for her intentions.