For almost 2 thirds of my life, I have dealt with spinal surgeries and chronic pain.
As much as I have tried to preach and talk about positive thinking and how that can help, I have fallen to the sorry and pity-me so many times.
I believe anyone that has had to deal with pain for a long time needs the help of others. Besides all the help I received from my wife and my children (which without their support, I cant say where I would be today), there have been times when help from outside is so badly needed.
Some people think that if you seek advice or counseling from a professional, its a sign of weakness. I will readily admit that over the years I've needed the help of these professionals. Dealing with chronic pain can create so many negative emotions.
But we do not stop, we do not or should not let those emotions take control of our lives. We can not allow that to happen.
With depression its so easy to let it spiral downhill faster and faster, to a point where it is so difficult to stop it.
But what do we do? What do you do to keep from letting this downward slope happen?
We can always get the different medications to help deal with our physical problems, but its the emotional aspect that can be more difficult.
For me, its my support system at home, my wife, my children (well adults , 32 and 36) that help me so much.
And this may sound strange. When someone on this site talks about all of the negatives going on in their lives, the depression, their family issues, I try to help in the ways I know how to.
This for me, is one of the best medications I can have.
If I can reach just a few and help just a few, then that goes so far in helping me deal with my own issues.
What Helps You?
We are friends here, no one is going to judge you for whatever you feel. Please tell us about your own personal struggles and how you have been dealing with them
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences