Today's post is really about not giving up when you think that there isn't any end to the pain. Yesterday I went and saw a pain specialist about trying to control my pain because as all of us know that's the big challenge with CRPS. After being told at one point that nerve blocks would not work I have finally been told that we will go ahead and try a nerve block for my leg. If you don't already know I suffer from CRPS in my left leg and my left arm.
From the minute I walked in the room to see this specialist I knew that this was going to be a good experience. He then presented me with two types of procedures that we could attempt, the first being the nerve block. If this doesn't work then he wants to go to a spinal cord implant that would hopefully control the pain. In his opinion he thinks it's going to take the implant to have an affect on my pain.
What I was impressed with was that this specialist understood what those of use with chronic pain go through. He was understanding and didn't try to minimize the pain that we feel on a day to day basis. At the same time he didn't try to give me answers to appease me, saying that there was a chance that this may not work. This is what we need from our specialists that see us, that combination of caring and understanding mixed with the ability to give us the facts.
So in the next couple of weeks I will be going in for the first of three procedures. I can't say that I'm looking forward to the procedure however I am looking forward to what the results are. I guess you could say that there is a little bit of nervousness mixed in with excitement at the moment, as I wait for the phone to ring with my date for the procedure.
I'm being told that there is potential that my pain could be reduced considerably if not completly. It's hard not to stop thinking that things in the next couple of weeks things could really change, not to mention what this means for my family! There is still a really long road ahead and I'm trying to keep everything in perspective in case the blocks don't work.
I'm just trying to say in all this is not to give up fighting in whatever sittuation or stage that you are in with your CRPS. A couple of weeks ago it was things as usual, fighting and standing in faith the way that I always do. Now all of a sudden I've been put in contact with a doctor who I really like, and who really seems to understand what we go through with our pain. I don't believe for a second that this is something that God doesn't have his hand involved in. I'll keep you posted in the weeks to come as the events unfold!!