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This pain gets old

Williams5306WWilliams5306 Posts: 29
edited 11/30/2015 - 12:58 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi all,
I have been around a little while as a reader. I have chronic hip and back pain. This is both congenital and from my own bad choices. I have everything thing everyone could want in life. I have a beautiful caring wife, kid and bun in the oven. I have a great career and busy life. I also have unrelenting chronic pain. I have had surgery, injections, pt. I have had everything. Still this pain is with me all day, every day. Some days I want to give up. Some days I don't feel like I can make it. I am on pain managment, doesn't work great. Do any of you ever feel like giving up? How do you get through? Please share your insight. Peace and love

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Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
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    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
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    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
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    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
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  • It was both refreshing and a cautious read..your first post, at least for me. Immediately I can identify with you and I stay with you til that last bit..then I want to direct you back to your fourth sentence.

    I too am lucky enough to have gifts and appreciate them. I'm sunshine, truly and have a feeling you are as well.

    I think with that self awareness and easy demeanor..well, let's just say every day has its night..so of course the sadness is deep and vast. The trick William is to ride the middle.

    Coupling this type of personality with chronic pain makes life all that much more surreal. it is the reason I have yet to leave this chat site, even though I had surgery 5 weeks ago and it has really helped. I stay for two reasons...I'm still feeling arthritic and aching at the beginning of the day or turning in bed. As I move I feel better so I'm hopeful. But I also stay on this site for the company of those like you who are the only ones who understand that I had surgery five weeks ago and though I look absolutely normal, quite frankly, I look fantastic..I don't feel that way on the inside. Im a dichotomy..which I think you feel too..to the outside world my demeanor coupled with my youthful appearance mean I'm awesome sauce. Im not awesome sauce. I feel 137 years old this morning. Not all the time, but this morning I did.

    I'm also trying to leave all medicine..and please don't misunderstand, I'm all for medicine remedy..I just don't think I need the kind I'm on anymore, feel like I might need more of an arthritis med. I see pain management doc and neurosurgeon in next few weeks so I'm hopeful that I can find better management then.

    So that's my advice..talk to doctors to help you live as comfortably as possible with this crappy situation, stay with this site so fellow pain sufferers can give you a lift. And lastly, go outside. I find a fresh perspective helps on the dark days. Even when I have to drag my hurting self out the door.. Then you will be the one who helps out the next poor bugger.

  • As 2 dogs said
    Finding the median is a key to coping
    Not the only one
    But a key nonetheless.

    Keeping a healthy physical,mental,emotional balance helps.
    Fighting to keep a sunny disposition isnt easy with all the pain telling you otherwise, but if you want it nad enough itll stay with you
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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