Staying Focused... Did I Make the Right Choice... Keeping Hope Alive - Richmond, VA
During consult, I informed doc that I had...
Had the procedure done on a Friday afternoon, just in case something didn't go well. Before I left, the nurse informed me that I may experience some cramping, soreness, and swelling that would resolve in about 1-2 weeks. She also informed me that I probably would not begin to see any results before week 12 ... I drove home on my own thinking "ok, this is not too bad". Because of my fibromyalgia, doc gave me script for lidocaine patches and pain med. Pharmacist was unable to fill lidocaine patch with insurance, due to pre-authorization needed, and would cost $170 for 20 patches, so I just filled pain med since I wasn't feeling any real pain, and thought I would just wait on insurance to process patches. That night I noticed that my abdomen was swollen, love handles red, and I was numb, yet sore, feeling as if I had experienced a good workout. I took one pain pill just in case,and was able to tolerate discomfort first 2 days and night .... HOWEVER going into day 3, I started to experience this onset of severe sharp, stabbing, burning, beesting-like pain, along with extreme tingling and itching that interfered with my sleep... took pain med, without any relief. Went to work that Monday, and experienced some difficulty with working.. pain med still not working. Later that night, awkward sensations increased, and I was up all night on Monday night trying to figure out what to do (felt like I was experiencing the hebee jebees)... Decided that I would just purchase the lidocaine patches, regardless the cost... had already invested $2300. However I found a coupon on line for the patches, and ended up only paying $71 for 20 patches... Because pain med and NSAIDs did not work today (Tuesday... 3 days post procedure), I was sure patches would. I applied 3 to the abdomen 4 hrs ago, max number that could be applied, and sensations are still excruciating... HOWEVER, NOT YET DISCOURAGED. Still have upper abdomen to do... Remaining focused on the end result.. I will admit, this is by far the worse PAIN I have EVER experienced in my life...The nerves in my abdomen are doing back flips, and trying to send an invitation to the rest of my body ... KEEPING HOPE ALIVE
Great, wonderful, very personable, seemed enthusiastic about both procedure and results during the consultation