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Good News - Alittle Hope

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Chronic Pain
I was going to put this in the good news section but then I thought alot of people wouldnt look there!

I just want to tell alittle about my story. 2 years ago I took ill with a bad back, extreme pain with lots of medication and fatigue, tiredness, all the usual stuff people get. It was very hard for me, with not gettting any support from my family, friends, I found it hard to cope. I was however very lucky to have my boyfriend and his family.

Over a year and a half later with having to postpone my degree and having depression, things were tough.

Its now been over 2 years and I feel so much better. Although I got alot of support from my partner and help in other places, I still couldnt move on as I was in alot of pain and depression.

I attended a pain management program which taught me how to do some exercises, stretches and ways of managing the pain. Although it took a while before the stretching helped but it really has. I slowly took ymself of the medication which felt better.

Still, having depression was taking over my life and the pain was then secondary. I picked up the courage to ask the phycologist from the pain programme if I could see her to help me. 6 classes on and I have made alot of progress. It is extremly hard work, and it was so hard at the start and I actually felt worse. but now I feel so much better. I still have alot to work though but I have to have belief in myself.

I have started doing taekwondo, and started a jewellery class and trying to get out alittle more. Fresh air really does do good!

I know how difficult it is but I worked hard and im still working really hard.

Its just a note to all those that feel they cant do anythign or get anywhere. Try and do whatever exercise you can. I felt I couldnt do much and I couldnt but with progress it gets easier.

Im still sore, Im still depressed, but Im getting better and I really believe that some of you can too.



  • That is great news! I am glad you found ways to alleviate your pain. You keep up what ever works for you. Just be sure that your doctors are aware and approve (to be sure you don't injure yourself).

    Thank you for sharing this with us! It's always (and I mean ALWAYS) good to hear success stories.

  • This is so wonderful to hear! I'm so happy for you and proud of you! I'd really like to know more about what you are doing that is helping your pain and what you learned in the program. Anything that helps someone is something I'd consider. I did tae kwon do for 9 years! :D It is a splendid sport!!! I went to a great counselor last year when I was becoming too bitter and frustrated with my situation, limitations, pain, and most of my family. My life changed drastically from doing sports, mainly gymnastics, 6 days a week for 9 years, to... well... basically nothing but struggling to work part-time, making less than I did when I was 15 after having to give up an awesome job, and trying to hard to do well in school.

    So yeah, a lot of this came out in counseling and it was super-hard to acknowledge, but when I did, the burden of emotional pain was greatly eased. I'm so proud of you for knowing you needed to go and actually going! It takes a lot of guts to make the first move, and I'm soooooo happy for you! I'm even doing a happy dance in my head! :B You are going to succeed and have a life much better than before! =D> Oh goodness, it really has made my day to hear of all that you're doing for yourself. Keep up the awesome work and let us know every single time you accomplish something new! <:P I'm just so freaking happy for you! (Haha, like you haven't gotten that message by now!)

    Much love and understanding,
  • This is great news!

    I can use all I can get! Been riding the post surgery "where the hell am I going now" rollercoaster.

    I'm glad I came up this section and saw this.

    keep up the good work!
  • Hello Wingnut,

    This is such wonderful news to hear. I am so very happy for you!

    Wow! :)

    Thank you for taking the time to share your progress with us. Reading this post... has been very inspiring! We need to hear more stories like this.

    I absolutely love your attitude and admire your strength. Taekwondo and jewelry classes are a great combination! I once took kick-boxing classes with a cake decorating class on the side. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them!

    Keep up the positive attitude and thanks again for sharing.

    Best wishes to you!

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