I've been reading Spine-Health posts for over 3 years now and have read just about every situation that there is.
The one thing that I have always found disturbing is posts from members that say that they Cant take it anymore or This is the end of my life
There is no doubt that chronic pain can take its toll and at times makes you feel depressed. But looking at everything, we still have so much more of ourselves. We still have our minds, we can still see, feel, smell and touch.
So many people feel that their problem is so bad that they have no hope and its the end.
But please , to the contrary, we as Spinal patients have so much to be grateful for. We are alive, we can use our minds and just from reading these forums, we know there are so many out there that can continue to use a computer.
There are so many others not as fortunate as we are. Think about the terminal ill patients, those dying from cancer, those dying from COPD, and those dying from other medical problems.
Sure, we are impacted, we might not be able to do all the things we did before, but we are still alive! And it is up to us to figure out ways to compensate for the things we can no longer do.
For example, a long time golfer who has known spinal problems that prevent him/her from golfing, they can become a golf caddy.
A snow skier hampered by spinal problems can now take care of the ski equipment and film others.
What I am saying is that we can and we MUST find ways to move ahead. Once we give up and give in to the chronic pain, we have just given ourselves a death sentence.
I know no matter how bad my spine is , no matter how much pain I am in, I am going to find every known way to enjoy life and to enjoy my family.
All of us can do the same
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences