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DS2BDDS2B Posts: 34
edited 01/01/2015 - 10:10 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi,
It's been almost a year and between high BP and chronic pain throughout, muscular and nerves, me and my family are done.
I had to move in with my daughter after losing everything and they don't understand this. I don't understand this.

I'm off all meds so I can try to get a job and sold my car for money which helps with my exercise and green footprint haha. Trying to keep my sense of humor. Going to school online, looking for work and frustrated beyond words. I'm thankful i can walk, I'm thankful for alot of things, but not the pain and high BP.

Anyway, my doctor is an industrial medicine doctor, turn and burn, so he giving me the shots. But he thinks my BP is stress I think its pain and stress, I'm broke but have insurance, what do i do from here?. Any advise is welcomed.
46 F Avg Hgt/Weight non-smkr/drkr, ex-runner
Chronic back/neck pain/urticaria (pic)
ADCF C6-7, 11/13
C3-4-5 , L3-4-5-S1 DDD bulge annular tear

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  • I was formally diagnosed with High BP a few months ago when I was seeking help from them for the pain in my arm, neck and shoulder. I told them that my high BP was probably from the stress of my pain and stuff. The Doctor told me that it had nothing to do with the pain and that I have had high BP for the last year or two. Well, my pain started 3 years ago. Hmm. I think its all connected.
    I think that your life circumstances have definitely contributed since you have lost so much but I agree that the pain is a factor. Even my Neurosurgeon thinks that my BP will go down when my pain lessens. Is there a clinic or something near you that you can go to for help? A lot of doctors of different specialties donate their time to clinics that specialize in low income clinics. Is there state assistance that you can get for health insurance. Sometimes its necessary to apply. I wish I had answers for you.
    Tracie C
  • I come from England with a National Health Service. I don't think I'll ever be able to accept the injustice of the insurance system. Ugh! No politics!!

    My vitals, blood pressure spike like crazy. Up & down with my pain levels. I've been told in 2 countries by many specialists that blood pressure is a way they spot pain levels. It's normal. Maybe your BP is a different issue. I monitor mine at home & it's completely linked to pain in my case. It's something to take seriously!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • NSNNS Posts: 3
    edited 11/25/2014 - 5:14 AM
    Easier said than done, I know. I have had more than three decades of spinal problems. Have had numerous surgeries and minor procedures as well. Have been on very potent opiates (morphine and fentanyl simultaneously) for nearly a decade plus. Codeine and such since nearly as long as the pain!
    However, even if you do reduce these opiates and steroids it has to be under a "medical managed regimen" as this very essential.
    Staying on routine anti-inflammatories and routine OTC painkillers may help as it is essential to take the edge off the pain!
    Will help you cope better.
    If you stay positive it helps those who love you and they also stay positive.

    Staying positive and managing controlled breathing is always a big help. These also help one's BP to be within as normal as possible with pain!

    Please try these.
    Wish you well.
  • I do have state insurance, that is a must. I did go to ER when BP was so hi I was seeing spots and blurry vision and just exhausted from no sleep. You try to perform normal day with rests but the sleep only comes when brain and body can;t go anymore. It's great for 3-4 hours.

    Anyway, went t o cardiologist before surgery, heart cath revealed LVP 60% function. 170/90 is protocol for meds, but since I can meditate into 165/88 they tell me "take it easy, they should retake it after they tell me that, I bet it's off the charts cuz I want to poke em in the eye. (sorry, 3 stooges growing up)

    You both confirmed it is a factor and I do go in when I feel it taking over. My concern is the job I accept is going to determine how bad it's really going to get. Should mention, 5'6" 130 lbs and used to exercise x3 days per wk. Now I stretch and yoga, walk occasionally, but it brings pain.

    Again, thank you!!!! Hopefully I catch you during the day. I mostly post when I can't sleep. Take Care. :)
    46 F Avg Hgt/Weight non-smkr/drkr, ex-runner
    Chronic back/neck pain/urticaria (pic)
    ADCF C6-7, 11/13
    C3-4-5 , L3-4-5-S1 DDD bulge annular tear

  • Just an update about BP. After months of high BP, just yesterday 175/101. He prescribed Metoprolol, Zoloft and valium prn. Between the BP, no sleep and pain, my nerves are shot. I'm so grateful. The target points made me light headed, never had that before, but he said from high BP. Today feeling hopeful and looking forward to tomorrow. My body and hands were trembling terribly, he said the worst in months. I finally feel like I'm being listened to and even though all meds are different, I'm willing to try something new. Thanks all!!

    PS to NS, I refuse to go back to pain meds. I am on Ibuprophen 800 mg x 2 and yoga with breathing, but you can't do certain things in public or at work. God help me if I ever have to get back on pain meds, and for all of you on many surgery's, I hope relief comes soon!!
    46 F Avg Hgt/Weight non-smkr/drkr, ex-runner
    Chronic back/neck pain/urticaria (pic)
    ADCF C6-7, 11/13
    C3-4-5 , L3-4-5-S1 DDD bulge annular tear

  • I had a level 12 migraine last week, treated with a shot of toradol and nausea. Today massave spasm barely able to move head and pintching pain downleft side and arm. I usually get my target points but insurance says they refuse to pay now. Now on Soma and prednisone pack., that should work great at work, my warehouse job. I did cry because target points work for me. pain pills and muscle relaxers are just more side effects with weight loss that I can't afford to loose. I dropped one of my on line college courses cuz I know with the frequency of pain i will surely fail.
    Bottom line,, I'm loosing hope. these insurance companies run this show. Are they going to support me when my already tapped out family puts me out? This afets them too. sorry for the misspells, doing with my eyes closed, light hurts my eyes.

    It might be time to see a shrink!!! Stay happy spineys!!!
    46 F Avg Hgt/Weight non-smkr/drkr, ex-runner
    Chronic back/neck pain/urticaria (pic)
    ADCF C6-7, 11/13
    C3-4-5 , L3-4-5-S1 DDD bulge annular tear

  • I'm sort of journaling this for others and myself. Blood test reveal my cholesterol is back to normal but BP is still high. My left shoulder is still in spasm even with soma. So now, going to d/c soma and he's going to request lidocaine patches. Plus asking for approvall CT and/or MRI , whatever my insurance will cover.
    I've only had three migraines, but the pain and spasms are constant.
    What's it called when your muscle atrophies? I fear if it stays like this my mobility will be compromised.
    Anyway, I broke down and asked for tramadol. I only want it when for emergencies, like my Imitrex (for migraines)

    So, I posted a pic of my Urticaria. It's another of my chronic pain conditions besides my spinal stuff. If any one else has this, I'd love to hear from you, it's not very common. Just asking.

    Stay positive and shine everyone!! D
    46 F Avg Hgt/Weight non-smkr/drkr, ex-runner
    Chronic back/neck pain/urticaria (pic)
    ADCF C6-7, 11/13
    C3-4-5 , L3-4-5-S1 DDD bulge annular tear

  • I've always had perfect BP but when the pain started getting intense my BP did increase. Even when I would go to the doc with no pain the BP was normal then on another day the pain would be high and BP would be high. Personally I do believe in my situation the fluctuation is BP must be connected to the intensity of the pain.

    Also a few times my pain radiated into my chest area where I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. That was really scary. I quickly realized that the pain was making me panic so I take my Xanex when that happens and it helps immediately. Yes I've been to the cardiologist and my heart is in excellent shape so I know it's not an actually heart issue :)

    Hang in there!
  • I think its time to look into facet joint injections after I an onset of sudden migraine an hour after I lifted something too heavy or pulling on something. Stayed up all night and called in sick the next day trying everything from icepacks in the bath to my meds to get rid of it. My BP is still up as am I. I have been having several migraines a month, but doc said to "exercise". Does this jackass see a day of wearing makeup as a sign of improvement?
    Anyway, I've been trying to stay positive and away from this site as part of that but find this the ONLY place to vent with understanding and compassion. I hate to quit this doctor but I feel he's losing sight of what the "CAUSE" is and focusing on his pharmacutical agenda. My blood results don't reveal arthritis, thyroid or lupus, so I think he's just milking me for doctors visits to refill my meds. Any feedback is more than welcome. Thank you for your support.
    46 F Avg Hgt/Weight non-smkr/drkr, ex-runner
    Chronic back/neck pain/urticaria (pic)
    ADCF C6-7, 11/13
    C3-4-5 , L3-4-5-S1 DDD bulge annular tear

  • I have the opposite problem, my bp plummets, especially after iv had a surgery most recently 35/55
    i have thyroid problems and take a lot of medication for back pain so dont know if that is a contibuting factor. I get extremely light headed and i get the shakes too, also extreme tiredness and lethargy is a problem for me.
    Tracey
  • Tracey. Have you had a full work-up of your hormones? Chronic pain & medications effect them too & it can make you feel terrible. I have bloodwork done at least twice a year. It's important to keep an eye on things. Low levels of vitamin D & B's add to depression & lethargy. I have my liver enzymes regularly checked too. Ugh!! I know! Sometimes I feel like I don't have the time or energy to even deal with my appointments & treatments let alone 'LIFE' & all that brings!!
    My vitals skyrocket when my pain isn't well managed. I get white, sweaty, dizzy, nausea etc.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • TraceyelizabethTraceyelizabeth WalesPosts: 30
    edited 06/08/2015 - 7:50 AM
    Well i do have my blood checked for my thyroid every 6 months but i definately struggle with everything that involves any effort! im always cancelling dates for things because i cant work up the energy, and i get dizzy and clammy feeling :/
    Tracey
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