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    I am a t8 complete and I have severe butt burn...

    I am a t8 complete and I have severe butt burn every waking moment of my life. It doesn't matter if I'm in the wheelchair on my butt or in bed on my side. I'f I'm awake, I'm on fire. I had two...
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    I'll call you this weekend. Hang in there....

    I'll call you this weekend. Hang in there.
    George
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    I had DREZ surgery by Dr. Falci at Craig in April...

    I had DREZ surgery by Dr. Falci at Craig in April 2003. My pain never came back after surgery. It never came back because it NEVER LEFT. Pre and post surgical pain were pretty much identical. Dr....
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    Alan, No. I take 150 mg./day Lyrica and my...

    Alan,
    No. I take 150 mg./day Lyrica and my legs are not swollen at all but both feet are swollen badly. I wear high compression knee high support hose 24/7. Without it, my feet look like footballs.
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    I was on extended release morphine (MS Contin) at...

    I was on extended release morphine (MS Contin) at 30mg/day for 10 years and never felt the need to increase the dose. I switched to 50 microgram/hr. fentanyl patches 2 years ago and I've not felt...
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    patch or pills?

    I went from 45 mg / day MS Contin (3x15) to the 50mcg/hr Mylan Fentanyl patch about a year ago. I was on the MSContin for about 10 years prior to the switch. I switched because the MS Contin was...
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    Hi Gary, Sorry for the late reply. I've been...

    Hi Gary,
    Sorry for the late reply. I've been away from the computer for a couple weeks. I haven't followed the DREZ procedure and I don't know if there have been any real advancements in the...
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    ECT or tDCS for spinal cord pain relief

    Does anyone here have any experience with Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) or transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for neuropathic pain relief?

    ECT is very similar to the old fashioned...
  9. Thread: DREZ procedure

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    Melisa, I had the DREZ surgeries to reduce or...

    Melisa,
    I had the DREZ surgeries to reduce or eliminate my SCI pain. It didn't work. My pain levels are the same now as they were before the DREZ.

    It is my understanding that most people...
  10. Thread: DREZ procedure

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    I had DREZ surgery twice in 2003. Once in April...

    I had DREZ surgery twice in 2003. Once in April and again in August. Both of them performed by Dr. Falci at Craig Hospital. I'm a T10 complete para with severe burning pain in buttocks and thighs....
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    I have been on this combination since Lyrica came...

    I have been on this combination since Lyrica came on the market in late 2005. I take 150mg of Lyrica and 150mg of Effexor XR a day. Before Lyrica, I was on Neurontin and Effexor XR and I was on...
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    As far as opiates go, I was on 30mg/day MSContin...

    As far as opiates go, I was on 30mg/day MSContin for over 9 years. Nearly a year ago I became very constipated and I also began a battle against trapped intestinal gas. I was bloated up horribly...
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    I agree. Opiates only sedate. But for me,...

    I agree. Opiates only sedate. But for me, sedation = pain relief. The only time I'm pain free is when I'm asleep. The closer I am to being asleep, the closer I am to being pain free. I can...
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    I didn't lose any function as a result of the...

    I didn't lose any function as a result of the surgeries. I lost all spasticity and a couple inches of sensation and that's it. As far as I know, no surgeon will do it for a cervical injury....
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    I had the DREZ. Twice. 4/2003 and 8/2003. Dr....

    I had the DREZ. Twice. 4/2003 and 8/2003. Dr. Scott Falci. Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO. Neither one did anything to reduce my pain. I am a complete T10 paraplegic. My pain is all below...
  16. Thread: Acupuncture?

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    My story is nearly identical to ArnDog's, except...

    My story is nearly identical to ArnDog's, except it was 2 years ago and a local acupuncturist did the procedure. It turns out she had gone to school with Linda Rapson and knew her fairly well. She...
  17. Thread: Pain?

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    Hi Semper Fi, I've had the same burning butt...

    Hi Semper Fi,
    I've had the same burning butt pain 24/7/365/8 (8 years). I'm 9 years post injury and a t10 complete. I've been fortunate to have a good pain specialist and we've tried pretty...
  18. Thread: Tingles

    by georgeh
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    Have you tingled from the beginning or is the...

    Have you tingled from the beginning or is the tingling new?

    Do you have any burning sensations?

    I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but I agree that this could be the start of a lifetime...
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    I'm a t10 complete para (9 yrs.) with burning...

    I'm a t10 complete para (9 yrs.) with burning pain in buttocks and thighs and a gripping, pulling pain in rectal and genital areas.

    Every so often, I'll get an unusual feeling in my right side /...
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    Here's a link to a powerpoint presentation by Dr....

    Here's a link to a powerpoint presentation by Dr. Linda Rapson on electroacupuncture for the relief of below level central pain...
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    DREZ experiences

    I'm a T10 complete 6 years post accident and I've had severe burning pain in my buttocks and thighs and cramping gripping pain in my rectal and genital area for 5 years. I found out about Dr....
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    Poll: Stress levels

    My SCI was probably one of the least stressful of my major life events. I fell off my roof, broke my back, and suffered a closed head injury. I woke up 4 days later in rehab with no memory...
  23. Thread: CYMBALTA

    by georgeh
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    I tried it as a substitute for my normal...

    I tried it as a substitute for my normal anti-depressant Effexor, hoping that it might provide the same anti-depressant quality with the added benefit of some pain relief. I took it for about 2...
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    I had 2 computer assisted DREZ microcoagulation...

    I had 2 computer assisted DREZ microcoagulation surgeries in 2003 for central pain relief. They were done at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado (Denver suburb). Neither one worked at all for the...
  25. Consider yourself lucky that your pain fades away...

    Consider yourself lucky that your pain fades away if you are on your side. I'm a t-10 complete 4 1/2 years post accident and I've had the burning butt for nearly 4 years. My pain has progressed...
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