Today is the start of the fifth week of my recovery after having woken with lacerating pain in my neck left shoulder, arm and hand. We have been treating it with osteopathy, low level laser therapy and TENS (transcutaneous electro-neural stimulation). I optimistically hoped that the pain would be 100% resolved by now, and while only a little discomfort and pins and needles remains I think it will take another few weeks, 2 weeks minimum, before I feel myself again. I still can only sleep on my back and I wake in the morning with discomfort. I get about 6 hours sleep through the night and another hour before the alarm goes off in the morning. I think I should be grateful and I am.
In response to my neck problem I took up an opportunity to become involved with www.neuropathydr.com, a pain care practitioner association in the USA. I have a lot to learn from the accumulated experience of this group and apply it in my practice. As I learn more about neuropathy in clinical practice I will start offering services for those suffering neuropathy and chronic pain.
Treating neuropathy is more difficult than treating simple mechanical back pain and requires an integrated approach. The use of TENS is new to me and I am learning about frequency and wave-form and how this affects the treatment of pain. I have noticed in treating my own radiculopathy that as the pain subsides TENS requires higher amperes to have an analgesic effect. So, you could say that this pain has made me a better practitioner. I’ve had easier lessons.