Painstillers against the pain memory?

Question: Someone told me I should use painstillers (like Aspirin, Neurofen or so) for a while. How much should I use? During this time, should I use my hands only as much as I did before (so that I won’t overuse it while not realizing that I have pain and make it worse)? The effect is supposed to be that the “pain memory” will lose its memory (if and where ever it exists). So after using this medicine (I wasn’t told for how long I should use it) – I should at least feel less pain then I would feel without this treatment. Now the question: Who knows or thinks anything about this? Or even tried this? I have RSI for 1 1/2 years now. (mainly, in both wrists and a bit in the arms as well – I got it from handwriting and guitar playing.) 

Answer 1: I never got any relief from using any of these things. But I did buy a neurofen gel and use that, partly because I thought the rubbing helped and it felt nice. Try anything that works, but somehow the chemical pain relief route seems not such a good idea to me — certainly not recommended for chronic pain conditions by the pain management people.

Answer 2: Sorry if this has already been mentioned but has anyone tried a TENS Unit? I’ve just purchased the standard (not compact) unit from Boots. It’s manufactured under the Boots trademark. The compact unit costs UK pounds 50 and a standard UK pounds 60. It was recommended to me by someone who has found it one of the few things which has helped her after a back injury. Early days yet, so I’m not sure how useful this will prove for myself. Seven years ago I was diagnosed as having bilateral lateral epicondylitis, tendinitis and tenosynovitis. I’m MUCH improved, but have chronic pain.

Answer 3: I too use a Boots TENS machine and find it helpful in reducing the discomfort. But it only gives relief when you are actually wearing it, i.e. when it is switched off the discomfort returns. I have found acupuncture to be very good I was prescribed anti-inflamatories which worked in the short term but being loath to use them continually I take Devil’s claw and avoid tea and coffee preferring herbal teas. When I was first diagnosed I had extensive x-rays to my head, neck, chest, arms and wrists to eliminate any fractures and was told to rest completely. A friend who is an aromatherapist suggested I saw a chiropractor who was brilliant. He manipulated my neck and I then had a session of deep muscle massages to relax the knots in my neck, shoulders and arms. I was out of work for nearly 6 months before my GP referred me to a rheumatologist. He recommended steroid injections. These gave me short term relief but I would not recommend them as they are very painful. My company pays for all medical expenses, including the massage sessions.

Answer 4: The TENS unit works! Remember to clean off the skin with alcohol to get a good contact. Remember where to place the pads so you get the best relief. Try different settings and for different times. Supposedly, our bodies get used to the current after awhile but the pain relief is still there.


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