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new member-new to chronic pain and scared

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in New Member Introductions

I am so glad to find this website. I just became a new member yesterday and I don't feel alone anymore. I am a 40 yr old single mom of two,who until about 2 months ago, was very active and never let anything stop me. Until now.

I have cervical spine issues( i posted my MRI report on cervical spine forum hoping other will help me understand what is going on) I would like to say that problem came upon me just recently, but now that i look back, i have been having problems with my neck for yrs. I never knew that it was more than just growing older and overworking myself.

I'm scared because I don't know how I'm going to get through this. I've never had pain that takes me to my knees begging for relief and it never comes. I have always been able to control pain. But this, controls me. I've been on meds for the past 3 weeks and I am able to control the pain with them. Without the meds through I would be crying right now. My whole right side, neck, shoulder, arm and hand are pretty much limited. I have limited range of motion and little strength even on meds. I haven't been able to sleep lying down in months. When I do sleep, its in a recliner. I sorry I'm rambling but noone around me understands. I have god and he has been a great source of comfort for me. What am i going to do. I feel like my like is falling apart. I cant work my job, or do all the chores that need to be done on our land. I can barely drive w/o severe pain and muscle spasms. I feel useless to my family. I don't even feel like me and I'm at the beginning of what is probably a life long condition. I have so many questions and i don't know where to start or where this is taking me but i am grateful that i can express myself. Thank you for reading this and tolerating my pity party.


  • you have reason to be upset over your pain troubles. it is scary and you don't know what's next. What does your dr. say?. Do they have a plan for you? Did they tell you to rest you neck?
    You'll find all kinds of advice on this site about ways to ease your pain. You've taken a big step in just asking for help. I would like very much to find out what the dr. said and what tests you've had. One thing i found with the neck is don't push it. if yours is like mine the more you use the arms and shoulders the slower it will be to heal.....is it disks. is it narrowing. In some cases however exercise can be helpful.
    Keep us posted and remember we're here to help. pretty soon you might be talking about how you beat it
  • It's okay to throw a pity party; don't feel bad because we've all been there and we take turns on who get to throw the next party. O:) I just want to cheer you up a bit.

    I understand how hard things can get when you're in so much pain and you don't know what to do. Right now you need to concentrate on yourself and follow any recommendation your doctor gave you. You'll find a wealth of good advice here too.

    Are you seeing a back specialist yet, and have you had any spinal injections yet? Does your doctor have you on any nerve pain medicines like Cymbalta, Neurontin, or Lyrica. A combination of that, a muscle relaxer,narcotic pain medicines, and NSAIDS is what I use to manage every aspect of this type of pain.

    I think you should tell your doctor everything that you've mentioned so that he fully grasps how this pain affects your life. I hope that you find relief with conservative measures like medications, injections, PT, massage. Feel free to PM me if you need additional help or if you just want someone to talk to. Take care >:D<
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. we are here for every pity party you throw!! <:P we want you to count on us and know we are here for you always!! :D you have reached a scarey part of your recovery and i know with time and patience you wil make it through.. i am glad you are getting adequate pain relief from your new meds!! :D all the best and stop by anytime!! =D> Jenny :)
  • It sounds to me like all that you are experiencing is perfectly normal and the same as the rest of us go through. You are right in that folks that have never experienced chronic pain do not understand. You will find lots of nice folks here that do understand and will support you. Good luck.
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