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Help forget pain

I hear that therapy can help a person think about something other than pain, but, because my pain is not diagnosed and, possibly from nerve damage, I have such pain that talking to someone about it isn't an easy feat.
Also, how do I explain my ups and downs to family. I'm secluding myself because I snapped at my grandson for the first time since pain began - and that is not me and I refuse to put him in a position where it might happen again.
This is beyond my control. Any thoughts.


  • Does your family currently know that you're suffering from chronic pain? If not,have you ever thought about telling them? I understand what you mean when you say that this is beyond your control. Pain can make us feel helpless, hopeless and more isolated than you ever thought was possible. If your grandson is old enough have you ever thought of explain the situation to him? Even people without chronic pain Snap at people from time to time.
    You've already made a huge step and talking to someone about your pain by joining this website. Were you thinking about seeing a counselor or therapist? I began seeing a therapist again in hopes of it helping me deal with the pain... I don't think it has helped yet but I have only been two times! When describing the chronic pain to my therapist I become very emotional, which used to be very unlike me. My therapist is not pain psychologist, but that's also another option is available. I have never seen a pain psychologist so I can't recommend or tell you what the appointment would be like. Good luck, and let us know how you're doing.
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
  • This was almost two years ago. Chronic Pain was my diagnosis; finally, Aug 10 I had abdominal reconstruction with mesh removal and mesh removed from rectum; scraped from bladder. I couldn't get away from chronic pain label.  The removal of mesh, unfortunately, tacks weren't looked for even tho he felt sacral promontory and not there. Xray shows them now so MRI soon and hopefully what has had me bedridden, unable to plan, will be removed.  Can this area cause foot swelling (sacrum/tailbon)
  • Thank you for responding.  It's been a long 6 years because nobody knows about mesh complications. Now, tacks remaining seems I will be free of pain once removed. The removal of mesh in rectum must have disturbed something because I cannot get comfortable and now my rt foot tingle.  How are you?
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