I've had insane pain for the last month related to a failed surgery from some years ago. Even though this was an area without sensation previously, I feel sharp, throbbing pain and have for four weeks. While meeting with a surgeon today to explore options to alleviate pain and do a possible repair, we discussed my BP taken at the start of the appt. It was a whopping 169/91. It's due to pain, no doubt, but was so much higher than my abnormally low, quad BP. It has been at home, too.
I'm in recovery and don't view pain meds (other than ibuprofen) as an option for myself. I've been having headaches, high BP and other AD symptoms since the pain and associated problems started last month. I get that. My been there and knows me doc is retiring and has referred me to a new guy. I'm going to ask the new doc about BP lowering meds to deal with the pain related high BP.
A repair of the cause of the pain is not possible. I'm going to second and third opinions to compare notes and make sure I'm stuck with what I have and what I was told today is how it is. I was given a non-opioid injection into the area today in the hopes of backing down the pain monster.
My questions: Any nonaddictive options I'm missing for pain relief? Are BP lowering meds for us the same as the ab gen pop? I'd think so, but there are things that work for them that don't necessarily work the same for us. I have nitropaste on hand for sex associated AD. Possible to use that to lower my BP from pain with the understanding it gives me more pain in the form of post nitropaste headache? How likely is a BP lowering med likely to cause me to pass out while the pain persists?
BTW, I'm decent at distracting myself from pain to a certain extent. I dig into my craft, spend more time with Wonder Dog, meditate, do visualization, am online more, etc. While I'm okay at distracting myself from my usual ever present pain, this time the new pain is outmaneuvering my internal resources to distract and redirect my focus from the pain. What am I missing that might help the pain (and lower my BP as a result) without being addictive and/or causing a high?
I have c 6/7 inc SCI, CP from birth.
TIA for input.