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beaniebbeanie Posts: 3
edited 04/05/2015 - 9:01 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone my name is christine, I just want to start of by saying thank you for sharing your own stories, its comforting to know I'm not alone. Sometimes the all over pain I feel is hard to describe to others so I stopped trying. At times my husband says I look like I'm not there any more and he's right. All the things that brought me joy I can no longer do such as exercising to fit into that new dress. I have trouble pushing the grocery cart. I no longer can carry a purse because to me it's to heavy. Not to mention going to work I'm a waitress and I used to love going to work I got paid to talk and laugh. My employers and co workers were like family to me. In the last 2 years I was a passenger in 3 separate car accidents. In Nov of 2014 I had my third accident and things are very quickly falling apart I've been off work for months I'm in so much pain for the first time I feel like I can't go back to work. I physically can't do the work it may not sound like a great job but words cant express how happy I was. My life has done a 360 in the last 2 years, I don't mean to sound melodramatic but in my world this feels like a tragedy. I feel sad and alone I take antidepressants for fibromyalgia pain, you would think that would help my mood. I take percocet for pain but that's not even helping like it used to I'm taking a fair amount 2 5mg tablets 4 times a day. I'm scared for the future. I have never been so sad. Thanks for listening to me..


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  • Hey Christine,

    First off. welcome to the forum here at Spine Health. It's evident from your post that the past 2 years for you have been extremely difficult. I'm hoping you have been able to see a medical professional to help with a diagnosis. Like you, and so many others here, I deal with pain everyday. I'm a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, so as you can imagine, not being able to do those workouts is very frustrating. So I can identify with you on that for sure.

    The pain can break you down physically and mentally. It is not fair. I totally empathize with you. You have to try and remain positive. I tell myself "It will get better"- Every day. Yes, sounds cheesy, but I need to push myself every day to stay positive. There is no one around me who has the same type of pain as I do. Nobody. So explaining the pain is nearly impossible because people who have not experienced it for themselves, just don't know. Sometimes I feel like a shell of myself. I see other people enjoying their lives, and I'm sitting around in pain. You have to try and stay positive.

    I encourage you to reach out to as many resources as you can for help and support. I will actually be documenting my journey through back pain on Youtube. I'm doing that so others can identify with my story, and so it can help people understand they are not alone.

    Keep your head up ... Share when you can, always here to listen:)

    - Scott
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    It is understandable that when life turns upside down on you...for you to feel your feelings, esp, when things are so new.

    There are resources out there that hopefully your doctor can guide you through.
    Although it is normal with many pain sufferers to struggle with depression also...please share your thoughts and feeling with your doctor. All meds are not alike and can effect each of us differently. Maybe your meds need tweaking, changing, or are fine as is... I don't know, but please, you don't need to struggle alone.

    As Scott said, build your support system and use the resources out there for you. ...someone to help you shop for ex....We are here to listen and share.
    So glad you reached out to this site. It really is so informative. Using search with your thoughts and questions you may find old posts with similar stories that may be beneficial .
    Please keep in touch with how things are going. You're not alone. :)
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