I hope you are doing well. Doug (my PT) and I have some questions again.
So for 3 years I have struggled to get 3 PT appointments in a row without problems. We started using Thrive tape July 22. I just passed 2 months of 100% success at PT with no pain flares and continuous progression. Two months with no setbacks is HUGE for us and unprecedented. I finally had to tell Doug to pick up the pace because he was being too cautious.
I could tell my body was able to do more than he would allow. The extra stability I'm able to get is lowering my anxiety about using the joint. The fear factor shuts down those systems even more (especially the quad) so I had no stamina. I could
feel how much more was there when I was taped. Now it's to the point that it isn't just about losing the anxiety, I really have been able to build some stamina.
Doug finally said Monday night, "You really do have more stamina, don't you?" Yes!!!
The other issue that has come up is I was starting to wonder if the saphenous nerve was desensitizing. I waited to see if Doug noticed. A couple weeks ago he finally said something. "You are tolerating manual therapy better. That area is desensitizing isn't it?" I'm definitely able to tolerate more direct pressure than ever.
As the weeks have been slipping by I'm noticing the saphenous nerve pain seems to be going into more and more of a remission. Doug tapes me Monday night. If my skin doesn't get irritated I try to leave the tape on until Friday morning so I can get at least 2 swims in with the tape (I swim M/W/F). This past week Tuesday through Friday it was like someone had turned the switch off for the nerve. I couldn't feel anything even when I tried to find the pain. I took the tape off Friday morning, Friday night I was a little sore, but Saturday afternoon my pain was so bad I had to go non-weight bearing. Tracking is terrible without the tape and I usually wake up with the joint feeling stiff and swollen. But honestly it seems like it is more than just the extra stability the tape affords.
I really am getting to our question. Could the far infrared be healing that nerve pain? This seems like more than just desensitizing. Is it all in my head? I wasn't expecting these results at all. I was just hoping to get some extra stability without my skin reacting. Do you have anyone else with neuropathy reporting back to you? Are you hearing anyone else say this? The nerve pain is definitely getting better each week and I am building a little bit of stamina and strength. The gains are there but still small enough that I don't think that alone can account for the level of pain relief I am getting.
I'll be honest, I felt really strange last week. The pain had been getting better by degrees, but then last week it was gone. Take the tape off, the pain gradually came back to normal levels. Monday was a rough pain day for me so I wasn't sure what would happen whne Doug taped me Monday night. The start of the session I was guarded but it got better the more we worked, Tuesday morning I could tell I was getting relief and today is better still. Do you understand what is happening? I wasn't expecting this at all.
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