Saturday, June 13, 2009


Okay. My pain has been at a consistently high level for too long. I worry most about how it is affecting my loved ones and our relationships. I'm not the person I want to be. And I know how tiring it can be to see me sick and in pain all the time.

So, even though I've seen multiple pain doctors in the past, and they have all run out of ideas for me, I'm going to try again. I have had a couple of recommendations. One is a neurologist in Schaumburg that has experience with Chiari patients, and is apparently not afraid of pain medication. (Dr. Lawrence Wilkin) The other is a pain management specialist in Morton Grove that deals with pain related to spinal fusions quite aggressively. (Dr. Howard Konowitz)

I'm not sure how to decide which doctor to try first.

I also need to arrange an appointment with a gastroenterologist, even though my symptoms are very intermittent and unpredictable, so probably hard to diagnose.

I just want to be a better person. And maybe I could feel even a tiny bit better while I'm at it.