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how much can a body put up with??



  • Well I usually go through about 2-3 days without sleep from being in so much pain at night, but when I am tired enough I will sleep about 2-3 hours maybe. It is so hard and I think one of the worst things about being in chronic pain 24/7 is the lack of sleep. Many say the flexiril helps them sleep, I cant take it, it gives me terrible side effects like RLS restless legs, its the worst side effect in the world.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,518
    It is really amazing to see how much our bodies can withstand.
    I believe that physically we can handle all that is dished out to us, the problem comes with handling it emotionally.
    When you get hit with pain and problems day after day, you start to lose hope and you sort of give into the pain.
    Once that happens, the negative cycle will just continue and continue.
    How do you stop it?
    You just have to realize that you do have the control of whats going on. You may not be able to comfort the pain, but you know what you can do and what you cant
    For some people, its easy to give up and let the pain overwhelm them. When that happens, its just a matter of time watching that downward spiral continue and continue
    Then we have folks like yourself. Straker. I know you have been through a lot and its not easy. But I also see a strength in you that can take on anything. And at times that is just what is needed. No holds bare, just get in and take care of the situation at hand. If its pain. we learn to fight it, if its depression, we learn to appreciate what we have There is no simple answer, each situation is unique... The beauty of it all, we do have each other to bounce things around
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • It's obvious you have a lot of stress over the pain, your insomnia, the neighbors' comments, the shame you feel when seeing people older than yourself doing activities you cannot do, etc. The pain won't kill you, but the stress might do it. You really need to try and reduce your stress levels. This will help lower your pain level as well as boost your immune system.

    I find it helps to keep a sense of humor and a good attitude. Enjoy yourself any time you're able, to make up for the times you can't, and don't feel guilty about it. Be nice to yourself. Indulge yourself with comfort foods, if you can avoid gaining weight that will worsen your spine problems. Eat healthy foods, at least. Remove as much stress from your life as possible, including your worries about what the neighbors and other insensitive people may think or say. To stay healthy, take vitamins and use things such as "Airborne" and cold preparations containing zinc, if you're exposed to a cold.

    Live one day at a time so that you can enjoy the days when you're feeling a bit better and can quickly forget those days when you're feeling really bad. Don't worry how you will feel tomorrow, because that's tomorrow. It also helps to have lots of cable TV channels and the internet to fill those long, sleepless hours. If this doesn't work for you, try a different type of distraction -- a book, music, crossword puzzles, etc. Anything that will occupy your mind for a while. When you do feel sleepy, don't fight it -- take a nap.


    DDD, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, herniated discs, ruptured discs, "missing" discs that have completely degenerated, nerve impingement, spinal cord impingement, you name it. I've had two multilevel laminectomy-fusion-instrumentation type surgeries -- cervical C4-C5-C6 in December, 2006 and lumbar L3-L4-L5 just over a month ago on March 12, 2009. I'm a pretty happy camper, overall, but like others I have plenty of pain and often don't sleep much at night, so I'm about to go take a nap and I say, "To heck with anybody who thinks I shouldn't." Ha.
  • mentioned my friend .i am the guy that people go to when they need someone to talk too! .i am just going through a rough patch at the moment i know it will pass .i am not a quitter .and i am not a depressive type of person despite constant pain my latest thing to help me is swimming when i can and i have quit smoking as from today {Sunday 19 April 2009} yay me !! so as you can see i do try and try and....
  • Hiya, my friend. I'm sorry you've hit a big speed bump. You're a kind, thoughtful and giving person and I'm sad that you're having such a tough time.

    You've been through so much and it's so difficult when more keeps piling on. I know there's nothing I can say to make you feel better, but want you to know I'm thinking of you and wishing you better days. They're waiting for you somewhere down the road, hopefully sooner rather than later.

    Gentle hugs to you my friend.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,518
    as you yourself said, youve been through this before you will probably go through it again and you know what you have to do to get past this one right now.

    It has to be a bit harder while at the same time, you are quitting smoking
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • You seem to always have a pulse on what is going on in our minds. I too have wondered how am I going to turn out years ahead with all that is going on today. I'm tired of the monotonous days and sleepless nights. I know some say they wish they could stay home, but I don't think they'd last a day in our shoes. It is not by choice we stay in, or have to park at the handicap space, spends thousands of dollars for medical treatment, forgo activities we once loved, subject ourselves to multiple invasive procedures, etc, etc, and the list goes on and on..

    I agree it is vital to our sanity to have a bit of sense of humor. Find at least one thing to laugh about. If you can't, try Family Guy or Robot Chicken :D It works for me. Just don't laugh so hard you spit out a pedicle screw or something. :))(

    By the way, congratulations on quitting smoking <:P I know it's super hard to, but it will do you a ton of good. I quit 5 years ago and never looked back. Now, the smell makes me sick to my stomach. I've come a long way baby. If I was able to quit, I know you will. I had it really bad, and I'm glad my husband gave me grief about it so I'd tire of sneaking cigarettes. <br />
    Well, I hope the pain lets up so you can enjoy doing something and not think about it. Remember we here for you, good day or bad, and you never have to face this alone. Take care my friend..
  • hi buddy, how ya doing now, pull ya socks up or ill come over there and smack you ! :*
  • now i could really upset you and say that you sound like my mother!!! but i wont ..oops i just did!! i am grateful to any suggestion .but when i asked the question i was asking in general .{for all that know me you know i have been having a rough time lately but i am on the up from it }.and i thank you all for your help .i wanted to know ...and still do ..how much can a human take from a constant pain /drugs/lack of sleep etc before the body say no more!
    i went to my dads old pub today to retrieve some old technics hifi and Bose speakers that i sold him in the 80s {dad died 3 years ago} but his wife still runs the pub and said if i wanted my old hifi back ..come and get it .because they dont use it...so like a man on a mission i have been reclaiming my stuff .after i have cleaned of years of nicotine and checked i all electronically .i will be installing it in my home .with the aid of my wife ..the hifi equipment is the kind of stuff that you just carnt buy these days .it cost me over 2000 pounds in the 80s!! and its equivalent to day would cost somewhere in the region of 5k !! so you can see why i wanted it back.sorry to go on but i am a bit hyper at the moment lack of nicotine .#
  • pmsl anything that keeps ya mind off of pain ! hay maybe that is it,replace pain with nic withdrawle! @) ya rite! :))( ...........oh joy very load head banging music! :''( ..........sorry about ya dad hun :*
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