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Do we depend on our doctors too much? Or not enough?

Do we depend on our doctors too much?  Or not enough?

Below, you will see a procedure that I had done called a Medial Branch Block about two weeks ago.  Next week, I will have the same procedure done, but this time, it will be a procedure called Radiofrequency Neurotomy.  Both procedures are very similar.  The medial branch block is basically a test to see if you would be a good candidate for RF Therapy (Radiofrequency Neurotomy/Ablation).  Everything can be explained in the below video.

Once I had this done, my doctor told me to pay close attention for the next three hours to see if my pain level goes down drastically. It did. It not only went down for the first three hours, but it took about forty eight hours for my pain level to return to normal. It was funny because in that small amount of time, it is so easy to forget what my normal pain level was. Even though I thought the procedure to be a traumatic one (I’ll explain why), I was begging to have it done again once the pain returned. Maybe that’s how child birth is. Extremely painful, but once the miracle is presented to you in your arms, you won’t hesitate to go through it again if need be. I know this is a little off subject, but I don’t want to push anyone away from the idea of having this procedure. It normally would take a 30 minute doctor’s visit to get this done (which five minutes is the actual procedure, the rest of the time is prepping for the procedure). But since I am a “special candidate,” it takes a little longer to perform on me. One reason is because I have osteoarthritis in my c-spine/neck. The most important parts of your nervous system are located in your c-spine. This is why people become paralyzed if they get into an accident that involves injury to their neck. So, you must understand why a doctor would take special caution for someone who not only has a herniated disk and osteoarthritis, but also compressed disks and an unnatural curvature in the c-spine. Plus, I am five feet tall and weigh ninety five pounds, so I don’t have much of a neck to work with. This is why my procedure will be more like an hour, rather than five minutes.  Lets get back to the RF therapy. The RF Therapy is the same except instead of blocking the nerve from sending pain messages to the brain, they use heat therapy to burn the nerve so that there is no nerve to send pain messages to the brain anymore. I know everyone must have many questions which I will answer in another chapter, but for now, do you think I have depended on my doctors too much, or not enough?

In 2006, I had surgery on my c-spine due to a herniated disk. For over five years, doctors were giving me drugs to ease the pain. They gave me anti-inflammatory medication, they gave me pain medication, they gave me narcotics, they gave me creams, they gave me exercises to follow, and, of course, they gave me referrals to other doctors. During this time, I definitely depended on my doctors too much. Way too much. I put all my trust in them when clearly it should’ve been in the One who created them. I got to the point where my body was getting used to the medication that I was taking. Even though every time they gave me a new medication, I would stop an old medication, my body would start to get used to the medication after a few months. The doctors would increase the dose or change the medication. This is normal. Your body is made to adapt, and that is exactly what it does, so if you are in a position where you are a pain sufferer and your body is adapting to your medication, you need to tell your doctor. Do not take more of the medication to compensate for your pain.  This is how chronic pain sufferers become easily addicted to narcotics. You don’t have to be bed ridden, but at the same time, you don’t have to live addicted to your prescribed medication. This is being too dependent on your doctors. So, you may ask, what should I do? Well, let me tell you what I did.

In my next post  :)

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I am a former Marine (Ooooraaahhh), currently a disabled veteran. I love my husband, love my family, love my friends, love my cats (even though I really want a dog), love my kids (the youth at my church, that is), but most of all...I love my Lord!


4 thoughts on “Do we depend on our doctors too much? Or not enough?

  1. Hey.I’m a 100% non synthetically-medicated psicohtyc kid. Diagnosed schizophrenic and have very serious positive symptoms and equally horrible negative symptoms. Here is what I do to keep on top of the depression that is one of my negative symptoms.1) Omega 3 Fish Oil. You may have to buy a brand manufactured for kids because adult brands don’t tend to be filtered for mercury and you DEFINITELY want a mercury-free product. 2) Multi-vitamins. Take something with a very high iron, vitamin D and magnesium.3) Exercise. If you’re overweight, a healthier bodyweight will help you out. If you’re not, exercise will still release endorphins. Personally when I’m at my worst I do yoga from flashcards, (this is when I cannot leave the house) boxing, and jumping jacks while a music channel (usually rock but I figure anything with a good beat that you like listening to when you’re happy will work) is on. I also go running, when I’m not as bad, usually in a forest on warm days or at a beach on cold days, somewhere where I’ll be alone with nature and my ipod. 4) Music. I mentioned the music channel & ipod above, but I also blare Queen, Bowling for Soup, Blink-182 and the All-American Rejects (aka nobody who sings about death, depression, suicide, sadness, or has a downbeat – less than 4/4 – track) and I HATE IT. It makes me MAD and MAD is better than depressed. It is more productive. ;]5) I force myself to do things I enjoy when I’m happy. I take a shower with the nice smelling soap and warm my towels on the radiator, I watch the funny episodes of Firefly and my favourite films and read magazines and This Book Will Save Your Life (A.M Homes – it’s my favourite book). And if that sucks, I do the laundry and hoover. For me what works is just keeping moving. Then even if my whole day sucks and I can’t bear it, the next day I can wake up to something good I’ve done and maybe feel better for it – or I have fond memories of my favourite movie etc.6) My favourite one – I read a book I’ve written. It’s a big old book that I bought ages ago and when I’m happy, I write things I like in the book. Stupid stuff like, Xander from Buffy, and the sound from line arrays, and Diamond 4’s, and sherbert lemons, and Harry Potter 1, and Gandhi quotes, things that have no consequence. If I’m only mildly down, it can get me back up.7) Meditation. Just sit quietly and concentrate on not concentrating on anything. If that makes sense. Don’t allow yourself to have thoughts. Let your only thought be the thought that stops you thinking about anything. It sounds complex but you probably get my meaning. I like to meditate either in the dark in my room but the sunlight is good for depression so I force myself to sit in the middle of the living room with all the shades open in the sunlight. Therapy. Not from a councillor – from a psychologist, in particular a psychologist who is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist – these people are like GOLDDUST. They will teach you how to get through your worst moments and help you tailor your recovery techniques to your own personality. Plus, they’re also usually really cool not-up-themselves people. Interview a few different psych’s if you can, and if they’re in an office and wearing a suit, don’t bother. Find someone who wears jeans and listens to the music you like and likes the TV shows you like, so you geniunely like their company and that way, you’ll get a lot more out of your time with them – it’ll be more friendly and less clinical. And that in itself will lift your mood.Please bear in mind that the most important thing to have to get over depression without meds is psychological resilience. You need to be the type of depressed person who says, this sucks, but I WILL GET THROUGH THIS. I WILL NOT GIVE UP.. I WILL FORCE MYSELF THROUGH THIS. If you’re prone to giving up (I am not saying this is something to be ashamed of, it’s just something to be honest about – I understand fully that being a can’t-be-f*cking-bothered/don’t-want-to-can’t-make-me depressive is horrific and not something the depressive can help) you may have to come to terms with the fact that you may need a low dosage of meds (Citalopram is good in low doses) to get you through, and you may have to rely more heavily on therapy. Either way, get a CBT and remember you are not alone, and you should never give up on yourself.’When all you’ve got to keep is strong, move along. And even when your hope is gone, move along.’Good luck. Was this answer helpful?

    Posted by Diksha | October 25, 2013, 1:19 am
  2. Very nice post, I certainly love this website, keep on it.

    Posted by Allen Brandsrud | March 13, 2012, 1:21 am
  3. I must say i thank you for publish. Wonderful website!

    Posted by Veda Doege | December 31, 2011, 7:19 pm
  4. A 5 ft 95 pound hardcore Marine that can make it through God’s grace. Just keep your focus right and it will turn out all right. Before you know we will be going out on runs together! Eagerly awaiting the next day, maybe one of these days I’ll post a “through the eyes of a husband” post as a special edition to this blog. What do you think?

    Posted by harlemknite | October 2, 2011, 10:46 pm

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