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Dwelling on it....

Does anyone else have days (or multiple days) that they just dwell on the pain and their injury? It seems like some days I just scroll the internet looking for treatments I haven't tried, or looking for other people with my condition that have successfully recovered. Maybe it's obsessive?

How can I de-rail myself from this trainwreck of a pity party and OCD :-)
April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations


  • Yes! I can spend days searching the web..maybe if I followed European union or English guidelines? Or should I try that new experimental stem cell procedure for revitalizing discs? It never ends!! I live days with the same internal dialogue filling my mind. I map out yet to be conversations with specialists again & again & again. When does a well informed, educated patient become a crazy, obsessed depressive?? I don't know but I'm pretty sure I've crossed that line & kept on going many times. ;-)

    Seriously, a couple of years ago it got pretty bad & I was sinking into the darkness. I was crying or researching, or just crying too much of the time. I know I've always been prone to obsession so I chose to put that to good use. I found new hobbies that required a lot of learning. I took the things I used to love to do but had to abandon because of my pain & found similar interests that I could peruse dispute my limitations. It's been great! I've met new people, including one of the dearest best friends I've ever had. My family spent last summer with her family in California. It's the greatest therapy I've ever known. Not only have I discovered a way to forget about my pain for a while, I've also got the love & support I desperately needed all along! ;-)

    The 'Beast' needs attention to thrive, starve & neglect it & it slowly withers away. It's always lurking, waiting for a moment of weakness but that doesn't mean we have to throw open the doors & windows (& computers) to let it run wild through every aspect of our lives!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    I know that over the past 30+ years, I have had days, even perhaps weeks where I allowed myself There have been times when I just allowed myself to sink into a depression type of mode and felt every pain and tiwtch that I had. I would then spend time on the internet looking for something that wasnt there.

    In reality, I know my situation and have dealt with it fine. But there are those days when everything appears worse and even if there was a treatment for it, sitting you right in the face, you would ignore it.

    Thats just some of what chronic pain can do. The important part is to never allow those dark days to build up and become the major force in your life. Eliminate the dark and move into to the light.

    Several years ago, I coined the phrase "The Beast" That was because it was the only term or way I knew to really describe the pain, the ups/downs that we go through. I am happy to see that others have taken to this Beast. I am not happy that others have to suffer during those times, but its a way to describe your feelings and mindset. Others may never understand that, but us "Spineys" are well aware of "The Beast"
    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
  • achyneckaachyneck Posts: 163
    edited 04/22/2014 - 5:21 AM
    Thanks Ron and EnglishGirl. Some days I just want to curl upon my heating pad and sleep all day. I need to try and find a hobby....not real motivated to do much right now. I love the outdoors and cannot wait for summer to get here. I've wanted to get into photography, and my husband bought me a starter camera, but reading the books seems daunting.....maybe today I'll tackle it. But I have an appointment in town (30 min away) then have to grocery shop, then pick up the kids from school. Seems like I'll be on an ice pack by the time I'm done at 3pm.

    Hope everyone has a great day!
    April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
    January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
    2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations
  • Some days it's hard to get motivated. I take my beloved hot water bottle in the car with me for the school run, it makes life a little easier. We've finally got some nice warm days here in Texas which makes the queue at the school so much shorter. ;-)

    I feel for you..3 errands in one day isn't fun!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I certainly do. I have days where I think about it all day or spend all day reading about it online. On bad pain days I spend all my time on spine health. It helps me feel less alone in suffering from this. I don't think it is a mental disorder just a natural response to the situation. We think, "maybe if I search hard enough I can find the solution to pain". It feels better to try, even if we know it is most likely futile.
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