Spending 3 weeks in pain management

I've got a three week stretch of inpatient pain management course ahead of me and due to the fact I need help with my personal care I'm having to stay on the ward (and I'll be the only person on the course doing so). Having done many outpatient courses I know they're not going to cure me, or necessarily mean I can reduce my pain meds (which would be great as I'd love to be able to get my drivers licence, and think about having a family at some point), or mean I can walk further or use my manual wheelchair more without getting totally fatigued...so I'm kind of unsure what it might mean other than I might be able to manage my flare ups a bit better. I'm 24, I've been diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome, hyper mobility syndrome, IBS, PTSD etc etc and I use an electric wheelchair outside and a stick inside.

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  • Hi I hope you find it helpful, what condition means you need to use a wheelchair? X

  • Good luck with your course. One good thing about being on the ward is you won;t be fatigued with all the travelling back and forth so hopefully it will enable you to get more out of the sessions even if you only have a small improvement in your managing skills it will be worth it. Do let us know how you get onx

  • Hi I wish you luck and hope it improves your lifex

  • Good luck with the course. How did you get referred onto it,

  • Which hospital PMP are you attending?

    I too was supposed to go on 3 week inpatient PMP, and have to be on the ward.

    However, they now say I would not be able to manage. I have also done an outpatient version.

    Good luck.

  • I have had chronic pain for years, and while pain management didn't take away my pain, it generally helped knock it down at least one point on the scale - which was often enough to keep on functioning. Don't expect miracles, but remember that even just a slight reduction in pain resulting from you understanding it a bit better and using self management techniques, may be enough to make a big difference to your life. Also, if you are on the ward anyway, see if you can have a medication review at the same time. Sometimes we end up on so many meds they end up fighting against each other, and reducing meds, cutting one or two out, or changing the time of day you take them, can all help you get better results from taking less meds. It does need proper advice though as the doctors are the ones who know what each of your meds is doing to your body and how to adjust them.

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