Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Pain Blog Carnival and Updates
Hello, healers! I am featured in How to Cope with Pain's July Pain Blog Carnival. Take a look!
I have been dealing with some crazy insomnia from the ketamine infusion and opiate withdrawals, even while taking trazodone, the best sleep inducing pill on the planet for sleep disorders. When I get back onto a normal sleep schedule and my brain fog lifts, I will be finishing up a post directed toward spouses/partners of those with chronic illnesses (upon request). Check back for that soon!
As for my RSD/CRPS, I am still off all opiates with a great reduction in pain and starting back on a gentle yoga and strengthening routine. I have some questionable pain and discomfort the day after some strengthening, but it doesn't last. Also, I picked up a script today for some formal PT while I am going through my ketamine boosters. Since range of motion and serious muscle atrophy aren't issues for me (thanks to a strong runner's will, some opiates, and a high pain tolerance over the years), I would like to become very strong again, just as I was in my peak running days. We'll see if this is possible, but I believe it is, especially if done while still receiving ketamine to avoid flares and set backs, etc.
My first set of boosters is in one week, and I am actually looking forward to them so I can continue on the path of healing. Also, it will be nice to check in with Dr. Schwartzmann again in person. Remember, I live in NJ, and all of this is done in Philly, PA.
My appetite has been OUT OF CONTROL, so I am refueling with some healing, plant-based, nutrient dense foods and juices.