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anyone have pain free days ??

strakerstraker Posts: 1,851
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Chronic Pain
well almost pain free..this has happened twice to me and i can't work it out ..is this normal? let me explain .normally i wake after 2/3 hours sleep and my back hurts i walk down stairs and hit the pain killers and i cant wait to sit down because i hurt so much...but twice now i have woke with hardly any pain so much so that i have not needed pain killers and i have had a day without much pain at all. by the end of the day or if i over do it the pain kicks in .today is one of those days where i have very little pain at all ..and i just can't understand it ..the last time this happened i though that my luck was on the change but the following morning things were back to normal! can anyone shed some light on this phenomenon


  • Tony I also have these rare days but have no idea why. It's almost like your brain has taken a vacation day and isn't listening to the nerves.
  • Tony, I don't know either. I have days where my pain is almost non-existant and that's when I tend to overdo it (like most of us). Then I usually pay for it the next day. Sometimes that doesn't even happen, but that's a rare thing.

    I think lifting is my biggest pain generator. I did laundry yesterday and lifted a few laundry baskets throughout the day, folded stuff (on the kitchen counter instead of the dining table because it's higher), and then stood a lot helping with dinner. Today is painful.

    A funny thing - I was pulling laundry out of the dryer last night while hubby was sitting watching TV and then lifted the basket from the floor up onto the dining table. (Usually, my laundry basket lifting is from the bed or a table, rarely the floor.) When he saw me put the basket on the table, he was so upset that he didn't help me. He said "Why didn't you tell me? I'm just sitting here like an idiot, not paying any attention, spacing out watching TV and let you pick up the basket. I'm so sorry...tell me next time, I'll lift it for you." Aww, nice guy. But usually he yells at me for doing it, but this time blamed himself to being oblivious. LOL

    Anyway, sometimes I do stuff that I think will be killing me the next day and it doesn't, like playing golf. But I do know that lifting and standing too long are my biggest pain generators.

    Who knows why we have our good days? Maybe it's God's way of giving us hope and a bit of relief for a change.

    I should admit, though, that I'm not anywhere near as bad off as you are, so my pain isn't "Tony pain", just "Cath pain" - that's the difference between probably about a level 4 and a level 8 generally, although my bad days are about a 7, close to a normal "Tony pain" day. I'll gladly give you my "Cath pain" day any time you want. Just let me know and I'll send it your way.

    I'd just love a whole week of a level 2 or less pain no matter what I do. Maybe that will happen one day.

  • hey tony
    I have those rare days..and I have to agree with Kris
    perhaps our brains give us rare pain-free hours or days..
    Just like cathy I tend to over do things..I mopped few floors (and of course few hours later btwn my 86yr old mom and hubby an kids floors were dirty again)and wow the pain next day is horrible...oh cathy I have same kind of hubby after I have done whatever task he says"you shouldn't have done that" but still sitting watching his shows..lol I say well hmmm kids have to eat today...they can't have a day off from food..
    He has been so much better than he was yrs ago when back first started....
    Tony I wish for you and all of us to have more of those hours/days/wks/months and yrs....
    It is amazing to me that I can push myself somedays and others like today I am woken to such pain...
    tc and I feel your pain and so blessed I have found this forum this time around..
    I Thank You all for sharing your stories..and how you deal daily with this pain we have been given...
    tc and more painfree times for all
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • That's an interesting question. Unfortunately it's been a long time since I've had one of those days. That was way before my last surgery in October, it would be nice. But like everyone has said I'd probably overdue it. I wonder if your brain just shuts down the pain sensors for a break. Too bad they couldn't figure out how to reproduce that. Well I hope you get some more of "those days".

    Cath-I had to chuckle my husband and I are the same way. I always hear "Why didn't you have me do that!!??" I don't know why I don't honestly, guess I keep hoping I can do "normal" things.
  • I had an episode of no pain for a couple of hours after waking up and shortly after the injections I had a few less pain days but it comes back and for me after 2.5 years I would say yes to surgery for me. It's nice to get a break like that Tony and wish you would have more days like that. To me I think the oxy for me is working overtime and have gone 16 hours after taking my usual 80mg but it comes back. I hope you have a great day today but take the oxy soon before the withdrawals.

    I only had one 40mg Oxycontin one morning and went all the way until the next morning and felt my arms were all anxious. Asked my Dr. to decrease the oxy to only twice a day instead of three but sometimes I still have to take 3-40mgs to get by. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • No, I do not have pain free days. Don't even have pain free moments. I'm envious of anyone who gets a break.

  • I have pain free times, problem is they are usually accompanied by numb fingers and thumb of my right hand, occasionally the left hand even joins the party now...Numb is good, well, no not really. dropping things all the time can get to be a chore.

    I had the same issue 25 years ago when I had a cyst in my left wrist. You swear you have good hold on stuff and thud or splash it's on the floor.

    Last week I was in a store with my son. Dropped one thing I was holding 3 times. Finally just handed it to him.

    The combo of meds I am on seems to be working too. Though they are killing my short term memory, A LOT!

    I returned my sons call twice last night! I was sooo embarrassed when I did it. I still can't remember what we talked about, even the second time. I'm tempted to just stop taking the medical mess I am now on, but have been warned by my Psych that doing so is a big problem with people who are bi-polar. We feel "ok" and stop taking the meds, then we go bouncing of the walls....

    OK, I'm Wrambling, I'll shut up now.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    I can honestly say that I have had days where my pain was so minor that I was able to go through the day almost like a normal person.

    Sometimes I think that after you are in chronic pain for so many years, if you have a day, a week, where your pain level is less than what it normally is, you feel almost pain free!

    Its as if we get used to living with daily pain.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Funny, As I was reading all the posts, I was thinking exactly what Ron wrote. Sometimes when the pain is so much less than what we're used to living with daily, it feels almost like no pain at all.
    I don't know why it happens either, but I hope that it keeps happening for you Tony!!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • I used to have quite a few, but not any more. Things have gotten so bad :(

  • With the medication I take, I'm better in the mornings pain-wise. It tends to deteriorate by late afternoon (when I get in from work usually). Problem is that the medication sometimes makes me forget important things, or I feel like falling asleep at about 12noon - so that's not good.

    If I don't take the meds, then obviously the pain comes back. However, as some of you have said, it's weird that on the few occasions I go without pain, say on a Saturday when I'm not working, then I feel I could conquer the world. The last time this happened I felt great - went and did some 'light' gardening and then spent Sunday to Wednesday flat on my back, unable to move. Doh! I overdid it I know, but I really just wanted to do something 'normal' for a change.

    I've also got a hubby that complains if I pick things up. If I'm honest it creates more arguments than sympathy. I dig my heels in because I don't want to be treated like an invalid and he gets angry because I should know better! I can't win.

    Let us hope that these pain free times can lengthen bit by bit for us all. Ha! What am I talking about - I'm scheduled for a 2-level fusion next Wednesday EEEEK! Yet more pain - but hopefully, I pray it'll be successful and that I can get my life back and do what I want to do without being shouted at and without the painful consequences.

    Another thought Tony - could it be possible that since your last specialist appointment, the positive outcome you had and the reassurance he gave you, might have taken some of the pressure off you a bit? I'm not sure if this has anything to do with your spells of being pain free, I'm just putting two and two together and making 5 - if you see what I mean?

    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
  • Hi Tony,

    I'm guessing that you are more relaxed now that you have a doctor your trust who has given you some hope for long-term relief. I know I said this in an earlier post but I really feel it makes a difference in how badly a person hurts. When you have no hope of getting better, it is demoralizing and causes tension. I suffered with horrible migraines for many years before finally being introduced to the abortive meds which have been lifesavers to me. I used to live in fear of the next headache because they lasted 24-36 hours but once I had the abortive med handy, I relaxed and when I did get a headache it wasn't as intense. I truly believe that was because I knew I had a way to make it the pain stop so I was more relaxed going into it. Anyway, I'm really happy to hear you're experiencing moments in time when you don't hurt so badly! :D

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
  • I remember having those about 13 years ago... Never since then tho. LOL! I almost flagged you as offensive Tony - what a silly question! LOL!
  • No, not yet. I'm still dreaming about those days though. :)
  • My surgery was only 12 days ago, but today I realized that the pain I was NOT feeling in my legs was not a fluke. Since my 3rd day post op I've not had pain in either of my legs. I am having pain in my back, incision area, and buttocks, but not in my legs. I almost didn't want to admit it here because I might jinx it :) Speaking for myself, prior to surgery there was never a moment where I was unaware of my legs. Some people dream about money and vacations, whereas my dreams before surgery were at least to have some resolution of the leg pain. So far so good. After being in pain for so many years, constantly, it is a totally foreign feeling to not even be aware that my legs are a part of my body! I'm really early on, but I'm hoping that this continues. I went into this surgery with a positive attitude (had to really pysch myself out for that!), but I am determined to get my life back!!!
    I sincerely hope that your pain free days continue and last forever and ever! :)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    or have recently been hit with spinal problems, that they pay close attention to what their doctors tell them to do.

    There are many individuals that no matter what surgery they have, no matter what they do in terms of helping themselves, the pain still is present daily.

    But it is so very important that after surgery, you pay CLOSE attention to all the

    Do's and Don'ts

    that your doctor laid out for you. There is no guarantee that even IF you follow all of those, you will have many pain free days down the road.

    But I can guarantee you that IF you DONT follow them, you are play Russian roulette. If I had one thing to change in my life from years ago, it would be that I did everything that I was suppose to and not do things I shouldn't.

    Staying pain free and having pain free days does require work. It is not just up to the medications that you are taking, its about a change in life style and the way you approach everything.

    You can have many days without pain..... It can happen
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Tony,

    Maybe some of your pain reduction you're experiencing is due to your stress levels coming down a bit? Stress has to have a dog in this game! Your stress seems to be much less of late. :)

    What's sad is we pretty well know 'what will make us pay later', yet we aren't given the same "key" to what will give us a good day!! Grrr...not fair I say!

    Pain free days for me anymore, noppers, but lower days like others said, I try to capitalize on them! :) I hope you get more of them Tony!! *hug*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hi Tony, great topic. The rehab place I'm at has the same idea as what has been mentioned that eventually your brain will overcome pain levels as we gain muscle strength and correct postural techniques. They also warn that the pain will increase before it gets any less. For you to have any time with less pain, enjoy it and don't rush around hurting yourself.Celebrate that reprieve from pain-you sure deserve it. Hugs n' Loves - Paula
  • I would have them and thought I must be getting better! On one occasion, it caused me to cancel a surgery I was to have had. A few weeks later, I was in agony and, of course, had to get back in line for surgery. The wait was miserable. A mistake I will not make again!
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • are you trying to tel me something!!{a friendly warning ..maybe?} the funny thing this week i have had hardly ANY pain at all ..the facts bear that out because i have more pain killers left than normal ..whats going on ?? normally i never get any rest from pain but this week and about 2 months ago no pain ...i am sure that i will come back but i will make the most of it .i am still tired though
  • Tony I think Brenda hit it on the head about stress. I know when I am under pressure even for the everyday things like getting to an appt on time I can feel the pain spasms in my neck.

    Now that you have made your decision about surgery (or at least pre-surgery stuff) I'm guessing that your stress level has come way down. For the past few weeks your upset showed in your posts.

    So if I was you I would enjoy this respite from pain. But not get lured into thinking your spine magically cured itself. Hmm do less pain pills mean you can have a martini?? :) j/k but it sure would taste good....
  • and that's drink .and as for stress i have plenty .having a 20 year old tearaway lad living with us and money worries ..yes i have plenty of stress!
  • But Tony,

    The should I, shouldn't I, should I, shouldn't I have surgery stress - that stress is way low! Ya never know right? Glad you're feeling better. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • the pain is back ..never mind ..it was good while it lasted
  • I'm so sorry to hear that your pain is back. I've been going through a very similar feeling for the past 2 days. Although I'm very early post op, I had 3 amazing days last week. On Friday I came home from my parents house (1.1 miles) and was in excruciating pain. If I'd know now what I didn't know then-I would have walked home! :)
    Hopefully it's just a passing moment and won't continue. That's my mantra these days: It'll get better, it HAS to get better. Hoping my positivity does the trick...along with the meds, the brace, the walking, the resting, yada, yada, yada :D

    Wishing and praying for all of us to one day know the meaning of pain-free again!
  • To be honest, I am wondering why hubby does not have any pain, just soreness where the drain was. He is now two weeks post surgery and he is walking faithfully six times a day. He is not on any painkillers and he is experiencing no pain whatsoever. So I am wondering if the pain was so bad before the operation that anything now seems like nothing at all or did the surgery work that well?
  • Hi Tony - I'm sorry the pain is back, but I sort of knew it would be. How deceitful our bodies can be. Been down that road before.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • i don't think that its a bad as it has been but its definitely no where near as good as it was last week .i am going on an intensive aqua therapy course at my local pool tomorrow .it last for 2 weeks .its to get me a bit fitter .and i enjoy swimming so it should be good ..i am also walking the dog again .so as long as things don't get to the point where i am unable to move from my recliner i will continue to keep moving ..its been good not being in pain
  • Glad to hear this, Tony - you deserve a break from the pain. Hope it continues.
  • I have moments in time, that I can see discomfort leave me, when pain is not a word I use to describe myself. I have had days where my levels drop to a point where I am using 25% of my daily and the next day, I don't have a bad day, I may just have a normal one.

    I went 5 weeks last fall - using almost 40% meds and no days where I was over 90%. I kept pushing myself - with exercise and other, to see how far I could go. I did enjoy having activities back.

    I will tell you that for me - it has been 6 years learning about myself, and almost 30 years with this, so peace for me is welcomed whenever it visits.

    And reality of my journey is that I have days and weeks of intense discomfort - that does get to me, but I know that I can affect the pain with my attitude and pacing and a huge number of ideas that I have put together for myself.
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