Sep 24, 2013 11:34 AM by Elizabeth Hill

Finding relief from chronic pain

"I'm pain free for the first time in 12 years."

Janice Duhon says for twelve long years she suffered from chronic neck and lower back pain.

"Nothing relieved it."

After trying countless treatments and taking pain medication daily, Duhon tried something new.

"I'm always trying to say what can we do to make it so a year from now things are better than they are today," says pain management specialist Dr. Steven Rees.

Dr. Rees performed a unique procedure called nerve ablation where the nerve is burned to decrease the pain signal from a specific area.

"I'm living life without the constant pain everyday, off of pain medication. It's a miracle," says Duhon.

While pain medication is certainly necessary in some cases, Rees advises patients not to rely on it.

"Unfortunately, your body will develop a tolerance to pain medicine, next year you're going to need more pain medicine and your still going to have the pain."

Duhon says she feels like a new person. She, and especially her husband, are looking forward to more weekends spent in the great outdoors camping and fishing.

"I just want people to know, there is hope"

The ablation could last up to a year, but, Duhon says, the nerves will eventually grow back and she will likely have the procedure again. Duhon says she's still doing physical therapy to improve her core strength.

Dr. Rees says core strength is one of your best weapons against back pain. He says strengthening your abdomen and lower back muscles and staying physically fit in general can prevent pain. Excess weight gain is a big factor as well. It can put extra pressure on your spine and joints.

If you are experiencing chronic pain, you should consult your doctor. For more information on Dr. Rees and the pain management center at Lafayette General you can call 337-247-9715.



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