Oct 02, 2013 - 3:05 pm
So I'm def on a roll in my quest to rid my life of pain pills. I've managed to cut out a whopping two of the six I was formerly taking. Go me!
I seem to be a bit stuck, as once I take out the next half, the pain comes back with a vengeance, so I've decided a give a few, more alternative things a try.
I went yesterday to an office where they offer a combo of chiropractics, acupuncture, massage therapy, laser therapy, and a variety of other treatments, some with quite a bit of clinical evidence to back them, others...possibly not so much.
(I went because I am the kind of person willing to get my medical care via 50% off coupons...$29 Groupon. SCORE)
Anyway, as a result, I am getting my urine checked for metals (I can hear Pete laughing even as I type this, but one of my chemos was platinum-based, so this makes some sense to me). If my urine comes back problematic, the doc I saw wants me to drink some liquid that will supposedly remove these metals. She also mentioned something called "cellular detoxification", and I told her that, as a librarian, I would be happy to discuss it after I do some research. My guess is it won't be cheap, no Groupons for this one. Gotta have some scientific backup before I spend more than 30 bucks. Besides, I like to toxify my cells now and then with a good martini...wonder if this will be a problem?
I also got a deep-tissue massage (mostly focused on something called a T-band, a muscle that runs down your leg, apparently? I don't know what it does, exactly, but I do know having giant fingers dug into it hurts like a son of a you-know-what), but the guy who did that thinks I have a nerve issue, rather than muscular, so has advised I do acupuncture.
I HATE NEEDLES.
Even tiny ones that are "no bigger than a human hair" (to quote the guy as he tried to convince me).
I reminded him that it's quite painful when I get a hair in my eye, so what's his point?
But after we worked that out, I went ahead and made an appointment for next week.
This is how desperate I've become to get better relief.
I'm going to let a gigantic (probably 6'4" at least) man with the hands of a veteran torturer stick needles in my body (getting ooky just thinking about it).
Last thing I did was laser therapy, which has apparently been used successfully on dogs for inflammation and pain for a long time. I looked it up and found that there are some clinical trials being run in humans, so maybe this one has merit. If I start peeing on every bush I go by when I take my little walks around the neighborhood, I may have to rethink it.
So that's what I'm up to...if anyone has experience with any of these treatments, I'd be curious to hear about it.
Lots o' love~AA