Lizze and I met with Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic yesterday. The objective of this appointment was to find ways to help Lizze manage her dibilating chronic pain.
Lizze is living with Fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos and daily migraines.
As anyone dealing with chronic pain will likely tell you, it’s exhausting, and it has a profoundly negative impact on your life. Lizze’s pain impacts every single aspect of her life and has since 2004, when she was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
Our reason for seeing pain management was to help her better manage her pain and maybe, get some of her life back in the process.
There was a great deal of discussion that occurred during the appointment and her new doctor is really cool. I liked him but most importantly, Lizze likes him and feels comfortable that he’s taking her seriously..
I’m not going to go over everything but I’ll do my best to summarize things.
Basically, Lizze has had Fibromyalgia for so long that there’s not a whole lot we can do to physically reduce the pain. There just isn’t. Essentially, her body overreacts to stimuli and interprets everything to be pain.
The first thing we’re doing is slowly working to reduce and eventually remove her Fibromyalgia related medications because not only has she been on them for so long that he’s sure they aren’t working anymore, but she’s on doses that are physically unsafe and creating health related problems.