Today was my first lidocaine infusion to help with my pain management. So far I’m not noticing too much symptom relief yet, but my infusion nurses said it could take hours, to days, to not at all until I have more consistent build up of lidocaine in my system. It all depends on the patient of course.
I have high hopes for these infusions as part of my pain management treatment plan. It’s taken years to find a knowledgeable physician who doesn’t just focus on one part of the body, but the body and patient as a whole. I’m beyond thankful and so blessed to have the access and opportunity to have these infusions to see how well my pain can eventually be managed.
Also, I’ve been asked quite frequently what lidocaine infusions do. And simply put, Lidocaine infusion has been shown to be successful in controlling pain where other agents have failed- like opioids or narcotics. It also helps avoid the use of narcotics, which is HUGE , because of my digestive tract paralysis. (Narcotics are notorious for slowing gut motility and constipation). .
Pain management is a huge factor in the health n healing of the body, and receiving proper pain management in complex patients is difficult. But hopefully new discoveries like lidocaine infusions will help us reduce the number of patients who don’t receive proper pain management!
17 hours ago
Morning relaxation. Day one after my first #epiduralsteroidinjection in both turn L45 and L5-S1 disc nerve root area. I’m a little sore in my back fro. The injection. Very slight., I’m use to intense, chronic on-going pain.
To report I’m not in as much terrible pain As I was on Monday, I’m not sore why it was so bad. A friend said he’s been hurting the last couple of days because of the lower barometric pressure. Weather, pressure can affect.
Enjoyed morning mediation and reading. Doing this is a good sign of feeling a bit more hopeful. YAY!!
Thank you for the continued #love , #prayers and thoughts of #joy !
Will continue to update!
Shot Video yesterday for up and coming Holiday Box Giveaways! .
As we progress through the education system this distinction takes a hold on us.
Our education system is coercive in nature and creates a duty trap that insists you meet certain standards of education defined by exam results.
By the time we eventually leave the education system the damage has already been done.
We don't look for work that we love because we've learned that work can't be loved only endured.
Our free weekends, holidays and hobbies are the pleasurable parts of our lives.
The problem with this is that in order to really excel in today's economy you have to love what you do and be having some fun.
Pleasure isn't the opposite of work it's the key ingredient of successful work.
3 days ago
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Something to Marvel ( 🤣😋) .
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Are your feet this sticky or is your core strength on point?
Great drill for climbers and athletes alike,
Fancy taking your mountain climbers to the next level, these are wicked all-round core and shoulder finisher!
1️⃣ feet can’t touch floor
2️⃣ Keep legs at head level (so not inclined)
3️⃣ Keep core right in press-up hollowed position at all times... no arching your back!
✌🏻20secs On / 20 secs Off! 🤘🏻
This exercises really works on global recruitment of the spinal quadrants, working on ‘contralateral activation and recruitment’ .
We find these work amazingly with rehabilitation of: .
🤕 Scoliosis surgery.
🤕 Mechanical Back pain
🤕 Micro-discectomy. 🤕 Disc Herniation.
🤕 Spinal OA related injury.
🤕 Rotator cuff rehab.
🤕 Shoulder impingement.
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2 weeks ago
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😓😓Lower back pain holding you back?! 😱😱 .
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Erector spinae along with QL and multifidus are really important bracing muscles of the spine that are located at the back. They are essential for any athlete training hip hinge exercises (deadlift, squat etc.) The weakest muscles in the kinetic chain for lots of sedentary office worker-athletes tend to be the erector spinae and multifidus that run either side of the spine. This exercise will help work on that weak point in the chain in a controlled way.
This simple drill is awesome as a stand-alone exercise or as an activation drill. It’s a big winner because: .
✔️ Really isolates the spinal extensors
✔️ Constant tension nails the Spinal muscles!
✔️ Easy to execute!
For stubborn back ache, you can really hit the erector spinae by imagining you are curling off the ball, or unravelling rather than a stiff hinge. A stiff hinge movement from the hips will biase the hamstrings and glutes.
It’s not wrong but it’s not what we want! .
🚨Reps and Tempo: 🚨
💡Activation - 10-15 Reps - 3 sec tempo.
💡Exercise - 15 reps - 3 sets 2 sec eccentric/2 sec concentric💡🛸
We also find these work amazingly with rehabilitation of: .
📍 Mechanical Back pain (mid).
📍Disc hernation / prolapse (mid) surgical / non.
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1 week ago
A DECISION • I was admitted to the hospital about 10 days ago. The goal was to stabilize my health bc it was anything but. I could barely eat, was severely anemic and short of breath and kept passing out or having pre-syncope episodes. I got a couple units of blood the first day I was here, thankfully, and it definitely helped me feel a bit better. The next issue was addressing my nutrition bc I’m severely underweight.
My GI team and dietician chose to place an NJ tube to see if it made a difference—and to see if I tolerated feeds. Unfortunately I didn’t tolerate the first formula they tried...I had a histamine response. That said, I felt like a different person about 24 hours in. So, the next choice was @katefarms, but since the hospital doesn’t carry it, it made things tricky. We had some samples and I tolerated it really well. We also tried putting one of my meds through the tube and I couldn’t believe how much more effective it was. They found quite a bit of food still left in my stomach when they placed this NJ tube, despite the fact that I fasted for 12 hours. This confirmed that meds aren’t working bc they’re sitting for waaaaaay too long.
Despite all of this, my GI team was really hesitant to move forward with a permanent tube. At rounds this morning the dietician and my nurse apparently both expressed how much I want to go home. Pretty easily after that they decided to place a GJ tube. The problem is bc I’m on blood thinners, they’re going to wait 3 days before they can do the surgery.
My hope is that we will look back and wonder why we didn’t do this sooner. If I already feel better from just a few days of feeds, I can only imagine how I’ll feel by a week, a month, etc. I am going to be eating still...we want to preserve the motility I do have, but this will make sure I’m getting more than a small amount of my daily requirements. If I have a flare, it’s okay; my entire health won’t fall apart bc I can get meds in me and some nutrition. Those of you who have GJ tubes, is there something you wish you knew before yours was placed? Any tips for me?
At the London Vet Show and looking forward to all things surrounding pain management, musculoskeletal issues, the role of the gut biome and inflammation in dogs and cats, ready to pass on the benefits of our learning to our very deserving patients and clients. Speaking in this picture is
Pete Mantis DVM DipECVDI FHEA MRCVS, Consultant Radiologist, Hon. Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, University of Nottingham @dickwhitereferrals@vetshows#vetshow