ICE HOT... Before I’d ever experienced intractable (aka: uncontrollable) neuropathic pain, I doubt anyone could have prepared me for what it feels like.
How could they?
It is so far outside of any other painful sensation I had ever previously experienced... and I’ve endured many different forms of severe pain throughout my relatively short life. Everything from various surgeries to anaphylactic shock, multiple broken & fractured bones, soft tissue injuries and repeatedly dislocated joints.
But NOTHING can prepare you for unrelenting, searing nerve pain.
On the Mcgill Pain Index neuropathy is ranked as being the most severe pain a human can experience. More painful than childbirth, cancer & amputation.
I tell people that it feels like I’m being stabbed & struck by lightening simultaneously... on repeat.
Now, extrapolate that out to almost 4 (very long) years of perpetual pain & that’s where I found myself before deciding to move to California for pain relief via CBD/cannabis oil (the only medicine I’ve found that even touches the sides of this pain).
Even with a depiction that vivid, if you haven’t experienced it, you couldn’t ever imagine. I once heard it described as feeling like your body is on fire & someone is trying to put it out with an icepick. I concur.
Nerve pain can also present as freezing cold numbness & “phantom water droplets” on the surface of your skin. Countless times I’ve actually thought it was beginning to rain, only to look up at the sun filled sky, confused AF. In reality I was actually feeling the flickers of peripheral neuropathy. This form of chronic pain really is a moving beast that’s difficult to pin down.
Since being back in Australia & unable to access life changing cannabis oil, I’ve experienced a landslide back into the throws of stabbing, shocking, buzzing, burning, prickling & tingling sensations in my face, head, neck, left shoulder... down the length of my left arm - all the way down to my fingertips.
If you were to look at me you would never know, sometimes involuntary tears will tumble down my cheeks - the only real indication can be seen by paying attention to the way my left arm rests limply...
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