Wednesday, August 22, 2007

another doctor is excited to learn about the sports hernia

so i had an appt with an osteopath who works in a neurology group. she used to practice prolotherapy in her own practice, but unfortunately insurance won't cover prolotherapy (of course not, right?) and she couldn't afford to keep her own practice. she no longer practices prolotherapy in the group she now works with.

i told her my story and she told me that she has a patient who is a physical therapist who has all the symptoms i described. she believes now that he has ap. he also was misdiagnosed with epididymitis then non-bacterial prostatitis. then eventually groin strain. then the next. years later he is still in pain. she actually listened to my story, unlike previous doctors, and was open to learning more about this injury since she was an authentic and good doctor. i didn't feel like a patient that was viewed as either a pain in the ass with a phantom, probably psychosomatic, injury- quite the contrary.

well, another doctor learns about the dreaded injury. 9 months ago, i had a young and athletic hernia specialist say he doesn't even believe ap exists and it's a crap story. perhaps we can all share the info with our doctors and hope they will listen and learn about the injury on their own time. if you want, email me and i can send you a copy of an article written by an expert ap surgeon. you can print it out to mail to doctors that told you that you have anything but ap since they have never heard of it.

going to receive neural and prolo therapies

as stated in the earlier post (one below), these two therapies can hopefully help with lingering nerve pains due to the damage that ap can cause.

i have an appointment with a doctor in nyc next week who does both these treatments plus others, and has treated ap before. at last a doctor near me who apparently knows the injury!

i will report on what he says after my first appt. if any of you sufferers are from nyc area, and think you want to see this doctor, contact me and i will get you his info.

neural therapy and prolotherapy

i recently learned that neural therapy is used in germany to tend to the nerve pains brought about by ap. i know they use a special approach with the neural therapy, but i am not sure how that differs from the neural therapy i have read about online.

from what i have learned, the dreaded sh injury can cause your body to go into all kinds of musculoskeltal imbalnces (which also can be a predisposition to ap). the si joint can go out of whack, which in itself is very painful (take it from me).

prolotherapy is commonly used for strengthening up the connective tissues at problem areas/joints such as a hypermobile si joint. it is also used for relieving pain from such injuries.
neural therapy is used for pain via a neuropathy of sorts as well as nerve pain from scar tissue. injections are both placed into scar tissue and also into the nerve root. apparently it is great for chronic pain such as with a long-standing ap injury.

not too many doctors do these therapies. in fact it is very hard to find good ones with experience. but if you suffer from lingering nerve pain then it might be worth it to find one or two docs to choose from.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

recovery from nerve pain due to ap

dr muschaweck in munich recommends taking a lot of vitamin b (in particular 6 and 12) as well as painkillers like advil. high doses should be ingested.

over in munich, when there is a patient with lingering post-op pain, she often sends them to see a homeopath who administers treatments. of course, homeopathy does originate in germany, so maybe that has something to do with it. but, the main doctor for bayern munich, the respected team from munich, is a homeopath that is respected all over europe.

this homeopath agrees with dr muschaweck in that no physical activity can be resumed until the nerves have calmed down, which can take a good long while if the patient has suffered from the injury long enough. in my personal case, i had the pains very bad for 18 months pre-op. but, i beleive i began the injury in 1999, and then had a second bout of bad pain, perhaps a worsening of the condition, again in 2002. so who knows how long i really had the condition. that said, i am not sure if the dr would consider me as having the injury for 18 months or 5 years before surgery.