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gthompsonggthompson Posts: 5
edited 01/27/2016 - 8:36 PM in New Member Introductions
Over the past nearly ten years now I have experienced intense neck/head/face pain everyday and night (although I have been able to sleep most nights). I'm guessing I am not much different than others here with severe chronic long-term pain. I often wonder how I have managed to live this way for so long? I also wonder why no practioner can diagnose the cause. I lost my way of life, my business and most importantly, for a while, my connection to my family and friends. However on the bright side I have managed to get re-engaged with life in small ways and I am here to witness the growth of my children and grandchildren, I am 53 years old now. I am here on this forum because i have only one other outlet which is a spiritual life coach I see as often as I can afford to. My family and friends grew weary of my situation long ago mainly because of frustration on their part of being unable to help me. They can no longer listen to my moaning so I moan very little around them. Many times I have simply sit alone and cried or puked myself to sleep from the intense pain. The past few years it has, at times, let up some so that I can even work at my trade part-time, as a sales person. In 2007 I was hospitalized at a mental health facility and said I would not do that again and have not. Everyday I seek a reason to be here and deal with it. I have worked extensively with traditional medicine, Integrative medicine, spiritual practicioners and spent tens of thousands of dollars. I have not had any surgery because no one can see on any film why I would have the symptoms I have. Yes I have one bulging disc and another slight buldging disc on the lower levels of my neck but nothing that would produce the pain I describe. Mostly i feel that I am screwed and just hanging in there as long as I can, However the older I get the more difficult it is for me. For almost 6 years I would wake up with the feeling of nausea everyday and not from any meds. I have tried all kinds of meds but I am not one to take a med unless it actually helps. I have found nothing that will help with the pain without knocking me out. Advil will sometimes take the edge off. However I rarely take anything stronger because it is useless. Yes I have tried steroid injections, prolotherapy, prolozone and amniotic stem cells and so much more. My best guess is that I tore a muscle or tendon around the C-2 level and the injury caused a bi-lateral reaction of spasms throughout the neck via the cranial nerves. Anyway I am here and still hoping for relief soon. If anyone knows of any new imaging technology that may help diagnose a soft tissue injury better than the 4 high resolution MRI's I have had please speak up. I will offer three suggestions to anyone dealing with chronic pain, learn to deal with the pain mentally and/or emotionally. Three techniques have helped my mental and emotional fortitude; the frist is some sort of counselor or life coach, second is mindfulness as taught by the Buddhist and lastly Neurofeedback (the practicioner you choose is very important).
Greg Thompson


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