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Pain Management OKC: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation and what it does

Pain Management OKC: When should you get a Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation is the use of tiny electrical shocks to disrupt pain receiver in the body. A Pain management OKC specialist will start with a trial period involving electrodes  placed on key ares to disrupt the nerves. If the patient responds well to the treatment a small procedure can be performed to implant a tiny generator into the body that will administer these shocks without having to keep the patient constantly hooked up to electrodes. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation can be an effective way to mange the pain caused by damaged nerves.

PNS is mostly used to help treat pain caused by damaged nerves, it can also be employed to help treat pain from other disorders such as CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome). The procedure is permanent but can be reversed easily once performed. The device will need new batteries put in every few years to keep the device running. This is a simple procedure though. Your Pain Management OKC specialist may recommend some other methods of pain management before moving onto this one, but many patients report almost immediate pain refiled after a couple of days of soreness from the surgery.

PNS may sound intimidating, but many patients have reported significant pain relief after undergoing the procedure. And the machine can be turned off by the patient at any time by using a remote control. Also again, the procedure to implant the device is short and can be reversed if the patient wishes. This technique may sound new and high-tech, but it’s actually been around since the 1960’s.

If you suffer from chronic pain, come visit the specialists at pain management OKC. Pain isn’t normal. Call today to schedule an appointment at 405 751 0011.

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Pain Management OKC: Stopping Gout attacks

Pain Management OKC: Stop a gout attack

Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood. For centuries it was known as “the disease of kings” as only the wealthy could afford the rich diet that can cause the disease. The main symptoms of gout include what are known as gout attacks. These attacks take the form of severe pain and swelling in the joints. Any joint can be a target, but the ankles, knees, and elbows are the most common. A gout attack will hit it’s peak about 12-24 hours after it’s onset and will generally fall off after that even without any kind of treatment. Of course, you probably don’t have the time or patience to wait that long in severe pain so Pain Management OKC has some tips to help ease the pain. And remember, if these solutions don’t work, schedule an appointment with us for more high-powered solutions.

Take over the counter medicine: Ibuprofen and naproxen (Aleve) can do wonders to help reduce gout pain. However, never take aspirin for gout pain as it can actually make the pain much worse.

Call your doctor: Your doctor may be able to prescribe a pain medication as well as perform tests to confirm that it is gout.

Get a Cane: If the pain is in a lower joint, a cane can help you keep pressure off that joint as you move around.

Ice Down: You can manage the pain and inflammation by wrapping the affected joint in a bag of crushed ice covered by a towel. Keep it on the joint for 20-30 minutes at a time.

Revamp the Menu: Stop eating foods that are high in purine like shellfish, red meat, sweetbreads, and gravy.

If the pain persists, you may need more powerful methods of pain management. Out Pain Management OKC specialists can provide these solutions safely. Schedule an appointment today at 405 751 0011.

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Pain Management OKC: Managing Shingles pain

Pain Management OKC: Treating shingles pain with Lumbar Sympathetic Block

Today, we’re talking about chickenpox, or more specifically the virus that causes chickenpox. When this virus reactivates inside a person it turns into the illness called shingles, or Herpes Zoster. Many people associate this illness by it’s rashes and while that is the main symptom of shingles, ongoing pain can also be a problem for many afflicted. Our pain management OKC specialists would love to help you get relief if you’re suffering from shingles pain.

Have you had shingles?

Many patients fail to realize the onset of shingles when it’s first happening to them because it develops in slow stages. Early symptoms of shingles include sensitivity to light, headaches, and flu-like symptoms without any fever. It can actually take several days or even weeks before the rashes start to appear. First, your more likely to feel pain, burning, tickling, tingling, and/or numbness in the affected nerves and surrounding areas.

Later, rashes can appear anywhere on the body, but in most cases they stay on one side of the body. The rash starts out as blisters and then scab over. After a few weeks the scabs will go away, but it’s quite possible for the pain to last for weeks, months, and even years. This is the final stage of shingles referred to as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). PHN is most commonly associated with pain in the forehead or chest and that patient may find it difficult to eat, sleep, and do daily activities. In some cases, depression may result from the pain.

Our pain management OKC specialist can help patients suffering from long-term pain caused by shingles by using a lumbar sympathetic block. Lumbar sympathetic blocks work by blocking the sympathetic nerves that go to the leg on the same side as the injection. If the first response provides a reaction and pain reduction, our pain management OKC doctor will recommend that you repeat the injections. Usually, the problem requires a string of injections to be treated. Some patients may be treated in just a few injections while others will require more. The response to injections will vary between patients.

If you’re having trouble with daily activities because you’re in pain, please don’t wait to call our pain management OKC specialists. Out pain management OKC doctors operate by appointment. Set up your appointment by calling 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC: Treating Chronic Headaches

Pain Management OKC: What causes headaches and how to manage them

Do you suffer from headaches daily? Whether it’s tension headaches, migraines, or headaches that happen on one side only if you get them for 4 hours or longer for at least half of the month for more than 3 months, then you might be suffering from chronic headaches. The constant and relentless pain can be overwhelming, especially when normal, over the counter options fail to offer much relief. If nothing else has worked, it’s possible that your occipital nerves may be the cause of the pain. For this kind of pain, out Pain management OKC specialist offers occipital nerve blocks.

Occipital nerve blocks are a mix of a steroid and a local anesthetic which is injected to reduce swelling and inflammation of the tissue around the occipital nerves. This helps relieve pain in the area around the greater and lesser occipital nerves, which are located on the back of the head just above the neck area.

It’s important to note that not all pain management OKC patients will feel lasting relief from having an occipital nerve block. It’s difficult to predict whether or not the injection will help you or not as, generally speaking, patients who have experienced this pain more recently will experience more relief than those who have has the pain longer. Usually, our pain management OKC doctor uses the first injection as a test as much as a treatment. The first injection will confirm if the occipital nerves are the cause or are otherwise involved in the pain. Otherwise, it will not help and the occipital nerves can be ruled out as part of the pain.

With the odds you may wonder if you should even bother with the treatment, but it’s really a matter of living with pain or trying something that may work. Think of how happy you’d feel to finally shake that constant unbearable pain and get back to living life headache free! As Wayne Gretzky said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

If you suffer from painful, chronic daily headaches and you’ve tried everything else, give an occipital nerve block a chance. Out pain management OKC specialist is available to answer any questions and provide service upon appointment. Just call us at 405-751-0011 and schedule your appointment.