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Cairns - FNQ - And PAIN

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3 years 11 months ago #20398 by Mary
Mary replied the topic: Cairns - FNQ - And PAIN
Hi stadoobie,

i am the same with any "ordinary" physiotherapist. However, I was told something quite early in the piece, and that is that "hands on physio" stirs up the nerve endings and that is why you end up in more pain afterwards. The same may apply to some of the other treatments that you mentioned. I love to have a physio work on me, but within 20 minutes, I am in agony. A physiotherapist who understands neuropathic pain should start you on a couple of exercises that are very gentle and you may only do them twice each. The idea is to stop before your body sends off alarm bells. You can ever so gradually build up. Of course, anything that you find irritating you just don't do. No one thing ever suits everyone.

I heard a talk given by a GP who specialises in pain management last year and she said that she tells her patients to "find their passion". If you can find something that you are really passionate about, it tends to absorb you. In my case it was Uni. However if you are working full time, you may not want that kind of thing.

Just thinking out loud!!

Mary

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3 years 11 months ago #20406 by stadoobie
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Hello again good pained people,

My attendance at the Cairns visiting pain clinic - was an information session, dealing with the multidisciplinary approach to management of pain...

I have in fact participated in this form of pain management, here already in Cairns, and certainly in Victoria too... So nothing new on that front, however this is seemingly more of a one stop shop for the above mentioned.

As the process here goes, one must attend the information session first, prior to seeing any of the available services.

I was advised an appointment will be made available to me mid to late next month to see one of their three pain doctors.

Post seeing the pain doctor, I will definitely keep you all posted.

(on a side note, what a hell day, sitting their uncomfortable chairs, listening for 5 hours - and being undermedicated and just general mind bending suffering)

Thanks for reading

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3 years 11 months ago #20407 by Mary
Mary replied the topic: Cairns - FNQ - And PAIN
Bad luck it was so long! I often smile at the people who don't have pain who organise these things. I realise that because they only come up there every few weeks, they are trying to squash everything in. However, 5 hours is way too long for people in pain. Our main (only) public hospital pain clinic cut their information session back to 2 hours for the very reason that any longer was too long for people in pain.

Good luck with the pain specialist!

Mary

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3 years 11 months ago #20408 by grappers
grappers replied the topic: Cairns - FNQ - And PAIN
Not only does the group go for two hours, but you are not restricted to one position, if you need to get up or lay down or what you need to get more comfortable and in less pain is not only allowed but they insist, there is also a break at the hour mark, so you can get a drink, or toilet break or just to stretch your legs, I personally attended the pain management course run by this hospital, they understand people in pain and everything they do is centred around the patient and their needs, the down side is it is the only public hospital that offers this to chronic pain sufferers, the waiting list is growing, it used to be 2 years, that was 4 years ago, now it has blown out as more people require this service, it is a shame, the earlier people learn to control pain, the less they have to suffer, it also takes the same time just to get into the pain clinic where this course is run with a referral.

Don

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