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When was the last time when you weren't in pain or weren't aware of the pain?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Chronic Pain
hi all,

my name is betty and i'm studying at simon fraser university in british columbia, canada.

for our graduate capstone project, we're working on methods of immersion to support those who suffer from chronic pain.

we have a few questions right now that could help us along:
(if you feel this is better suited sent in a message to myself than posted here, please feel free)

post-injury or otherwise, tell us a story about a time when you weren't in pain, or weren't aware of your pain. was there something in particular about your environment: the sounds, lighting, emotions - that may have contributed to the (most likely brief) absence of pain?

a very large thanks in advance

more information on our project is available at https://pain.iat.sfu.ca/


  • Submerged in warm water at about 10m deep

  • Hiya, Welcome to Spine Health. I have been in chronic pain for so long, i just cant remember the last time i didnt feel pain. What i can say is just before christmas last year, i started some physio (PT) sessions. The physio (PT) was the gentle areobics, they had us running (i could not do this) there was the ball,(that was not to bad)there were lots of leg exercises etc. I told the theropist i was in a lot of pain, and i could not carry on, he said no pain no gain, but something just didnt feel right. By the 3rd session i just could not do it the pain in my back , i could not get down on to the floor, i had the siatic pain back with a vengance. So in the end i went to my doctor and explained to him he said your body is telling you to stop so go home and rest . It feels like a disc has gone, no i wake every morning with my back in spasm this is so painful. sorry for long post !

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  • :) i think it usually involves my five senses. the other day it was walking in the eucalyptus trees with my husband and dog, smell. it could be getting tickled and poked on the bed, touch and laughter. a spontaneous moment! often with laughter involved and most always with one of the five senses really being explored. =)) i want to welcome you to SH as well. we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. please make yourself at home! Jenny :)
  • I’m a 48yrs old male, I have moderate to severe pain everyday of my life for the past 12 years,
    I was diagnosed with: cervical myelopothy, sever stinosis in the neck, and severe D.D.D ,
    At 37 I had to have a lamanectomy from C3 to C7 inclusive, do to herniated discs, affecting my spinal cord. The doctors have made it very clear that there is real nothing left to try, medically. Which means this is it…..
    Presently I can not feel with my hands, no sensation, I have pain from my head to my toes. I have been on every type of pain medication and all stopped working after a while
    Now I take Lyrica and and medical marijuana
    (My advice to the world ,” acceptance, never give up, keep your self occupied . get psychological help, just to put things into prospective. Try to smile)
  • Dear all,

    I really want to say thank you for welcoming me to Spine-Health and willing to share your experience with us. We really appreciate for the time you had devoted to write your experience and story. Your sharing is very helpful and important to us, please keep in touch with us, we’ll also keep in touch with you through this thread (or later email). ^^


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  • the only time I feel no pain is when I'm sedated for my spine injections-it usually lasts about 4 hours (sometimes more if I'm able to nap when I get home). Aside from that, I can't remember the last time I wasn't in pain-before my back injuries I had cancer, and before that many female problems that were very painful as well. I've pretty much been on narcotic pain meds since 2000 but I can remember pain back to my teen years (I'm now 34).

    I, too, would like to welcome you to SH! Pull up a chair and stay awhile :) If you know anyone that has chronic pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, etc. please point them to us-this is an excellent resource for support, listening, info and understanding!
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    I love a certain type of blues music. I was at a Eric Clapton concert With excellent seats. After he did all his rock and non blues stuff. He did a long set of blues tunes with lightning quick guitar riffs an a voice that got better with age. It took me back to a long time ago, before I knew chronic pain.
    Before that I had been in great pain all day. After that set (about 1 hours worth) I told my wife that something weird happened. I hadn't noticed any pain in that hour. In fact I wasn't aware of the fact that I had a bad back. And that made my hair stand up on end! I felt nothing!
    The same thing happened twice while traveling on a spectacular part of the north coast of California, which I have always loved.
    I wish I could take my mind there, at will!!!!
    A freaked out, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • One of the relaxation things I do is picture myself on a beach in Florida or Barbados, laying on the sand and feeling the warm sun on me with the ocean gently swishing ashore. I remembered and captured that thought and decided to keep it for relaxation during any injections or dental work. At the time I was in Florida there was a big snowstorm in Toronto, Canada where I live and it made me smile that I was there. Almost paradise.
    It doesn't completely take away my pain when I think of it it just really helps me focus on relaxing my body in memory of the warm sand and sun.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • }:) I am most pain free in the water. Weightless is wonderful.


    14 surgeries, including L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 degree fusion with instrumentation and bone graft, L1-L5 fusion (with hardware and auto bone graft), numerous cortisone injections, numerous rhyzotomies, prolotherapy, accupuncture, physical therapy.
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • i,ve been in pain for 8 years.i have had back, herniated disk with sciatic pain down rt leg for 7 years. i have had severe pain for 7 years and have had 4 back surgeries those 7 years. first was fusion of L5-4, then 2 yrs later removal of hardware, then a laminectomy in L3 which did not work then in april fusion for L3. before all of this i had a lasar disectomy on L5 which made pain worse so then they decided to do the fusions of L4-5. still have pain in back and butt and down rt leg which wakes me up every night

    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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