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The Myth of "After"

I sat in the doctor's office, flinching as one needle was inserted into arm to take my blood.  Then in went another needle for a local anesthesia.  Terrified, I waited for them to centrifuge the blood and remove the platelets so that yet another needle could be inserted into my right arm and inject my blood right back in.  Once the doctor began sticking me repeatedly, I was glad I had had that second needle.

It's called PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma - and it's a highly controversial and experimental treatment that isn't covered by insurance.  My generous husband had to write me a hefty check (we are fortunate that we don't have to pay for our own vacation this year).  My doctor and my hand therapist both recommended this treatment saying many patients have had success with their pain from this.  I still have my doubts.  I do know that there is a recovery period.  I'm going to be in pain for a while and I will have to back off activity for quite some time.

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