There have been so many threads/posts made regarding how to deal with the pain, the doctors, the tests, the medications, etc.
Some times it gets all jumbled up and hard to distinguish between facts and feelings.
There have been many members on this site that have been straight forward, up front and to the point. And then we have others that like to sooth members with hugs, loves and kisses. I am not saying one is right or one is wrong.
Different people respond to different stimulus.
One point I would like to make is with those members who are point blank and tell it like it is. One comes to mind so often. Terror3896, Jon. He has been a chronic pain patient for many years and he has been a solid Spine-Health member.
Jon, tells it like it is. He doesn't sugar coat things, he is very direct and tries to explain things as they really are.
Many people appreciate that, and others balked at it. They don't like hearing someone that is to the point and is black and white. I've been dealing with pain for so many years and have been to so many doctors, therapists, etc, that I appreciate nothing more than the plain old truth. Nothing sugar coated. I believe that Jon is in that same place.
I respect and admire Jon, not only for how he deals with his pain, but because the way he communicates. He will not bend, because someone doesn't like his tone.
I am in a special situation. I am the Administrator for Spine-Health, and as such it is my obligation to make sure that all posts and information abide by forum rules and that no member is chastised.
But I am also a member, a chronic pain sufferer. So, many times I post as a member and at times I post as an Admin. Can you all tell the difference? Maybe not.
I encourage anyone that has different views about what I post to speak up, explain your feelings. I welcome anyone that has a different point of view. On the same token, I will stand firm when it comes to anyone that violates any forum rules.
The purpose of this post? Its really to say that there are so many of us out there, so many different views. We don't always have to agree, but please even when we disagree, respect what the other person is saying.
So many times I have read a post that drives me crazy because what the person is saying. Do I slam them? Do I call them out on the carpet? No, Everyone has the same right to speak what is on their mind and view their opinions. I will never object to that. Its only when anyone takes it a step further and tries to hurt another individual, is where I draw the line.
I love Spine-Health. I have been here for over 3 years now. It has helped me through the darkest of times. It has helped me spawn a new web site, it has helped me develop new friends and new insight.
I only hope that Spine-Health can help you a fraction of what it has already helped me.
I thank the owners of this site for allowing me to have the position I do have and I also thank all the members for making this the site what it is.
I may not always agree with everyone, but I do promise I listen to everyone.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences