Monday, September 27, 2010
Facial Pain And The Headache
I was told when the occipital stimulator was installed that there could be some "crosstalk" between the occipital nerve and the trigeminal nerve, the supraorbital nerve and my facial nerves. These nerves do not touch the occipital nerve network, they sorta interweave their nerve networks with the ends of the occipital nerve network. The idea was that as the occipital nerve received stimulation it could somehow influence (chemically?, electrically?) the other nerves and problems I have with facial pain could be improved.
I was looking up allodynia (which is an exaggerated pain response to normal stimulus) and stumbled upon a link from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to a site called PainAction. I have signed up, and I'm going to see if I can formulate a pain control plan utilizing their tools. There are four main sections: Back Pain, Migraine Pain, Cancer Pain, and Neuropathic Pain. I definitely have Neuropathic Pain, and I think some of the information under Migraine Pain will be of assistance with The Headache. Too bad they don't have a section called Belly Pain! Then it would be like the trifecta of pain websites!
There is a pain tracking tool, and a section on self-help, and information on alternative therapies. I have downloaded their pain management booklet, and am going to read up on chronic pain and how to manage it. Hoping to get a few new tips that I can use in addition to my daily stretches and biofeedback. I know I need to get back in physical therapy - it did help my endurance this summer as I was able to be on my feet longer without pain intervening. Also the myofacial release decreased some of the sensitivity (allodynia) I have in the radiation fields where I received treatment, so physical therapy definitely is a winner in my world!!