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Does your pain make you tired?

sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:34 AM in Chronic Pain
I feel like I haven't slept for days and have been doing hard physical labor. So far today though, I've been for my walk, did my exercises and a little bit of housework. That's about it. Do any of you just feel completely worn out from pain? I have it in my neck, lower back and legs and by the time I 'fight' it all day I'm so tired. That doesn't mean I can sleep though. You all know how that goes don't you? It seems like my head is too heavy for my neck to hold up! I was just wondering if any of you feel like this too? Do you feel zapped by the end of the day?

Hope you're all having a good day today!


  • :D Oh my lord yes! I thought I had chronic fatigue syndrome (I was in bed for two weeks straight barely able to get up and take a shower in May) and went through blood test with the hematologist, endocrinologist and primary care physician. All my test came back fine, even had a liver and spleen scan. I thought that just proved I was going nuts!

    Since I got let go from my job in late May and I've been able to rest and not be under so much stress, I feel tons better. But, my pain levels have also decreased since that time. I've been thinking about all this a lot lately (now that I'm able to think) and I definitely feel that the chronic pain (at levels 7 to 10) will definitely make you tired.

    If you think about what activities in your normal day zapped your energy tank and then add on top of that the stress of chronic pain, there's no tiger left in your tank. Cars can't run without gas, so why should you think you can.

    I beat myself up mentally something awful thinking I should have been able to handle the pain, the meds, the job stress -- just wasn't tough enough. But now with some time without the severe pain racking my body every single day (as it did for months), I can see that I had every right to be exhausted.

    Sister, I know what you mean about getting just a few things done and then you're exhausted, not to mention the effect the meds have on you. Everyone has a different physical constitution and we process our medications differently.

    Just this week, after almost a year, I cleaned the whole house myself. I was ready to pull out the poms poms and do a cheer. Like most of the women on this site, if I got laundry done one day, dishes the other, grocery shopping, etc. just a few tasks a day, I was happy. (Like I had a choice in the matter)

    And yes, where are the sleep gods when you need them?! I'm always tired but can't get enough hours of sleep, even tried sleeping pills.

    Things have gotten much better for me, which I'm eternally grateful for. Even starting putting on a little makeup and lip gloss (woo hoo!)

    Debbie, YOU ARE NOT ALONE in your fatigue -- it's part and parcel of this chronic pain thing. >:D<

    Take care my spiney friend,

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Makeup! Made me laugh because I put on makeup the other day for the first time in a long time. That's something I always did daily whether going out or not...before that is.
    I've been trying to convince myself that it's alright for me to tell people that I just can't do stuff they ask of me. I'm always the one everyone calls for everything. Painting, remodeling, laying tile, landscaping, you name it. I've always loved it. Just these past few weeks I've been helping build a cabin doing stuff that I knew better than to do but I didn't want to say no. I've been helping an older couple with their mowing and have to pray for God to help me make it. I don't want to admit that 'I can't'. I've always said that I'm better able to do it than 'they' are. I've come to realize though that if my family really cared they wouldn't expect it. You know what? I just can't do it and I'm going to start saying so. Sorry, I don't know what brought that on.


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  • oh yes, I'm with the rest of you. My 360 fusion & discectomy was 2-24 & I am in bed for the night
    at 7 p.m. I go for my walk every day & sometimes
    can go to the pool, I do light housework & some light cooking but it exhausts me. My back hurts
    and it for sure contributes to my exhaustion. If I go with my husband to the store & today I also went to the library, I will probably be worn out until Monday when I wake up. I am getting stronger and then was side tracked by a very bad case of - all things, shingles. I have just now gotten over that & it took a lot out of me. But I can tell I'm stronger even though I am one tired susie, I am still doing my best plus a little. Good luck to all of you that the exhaustion gets better as we get better.
  • Oh my gosh....pain is EXHAUSTING. And then it becomes a vicious circle: the more exhausted I feel from the pain, the more my ability to tolerate the pain deminishes. And the more difficult it becomes to tolerate the pain, the more difficult it becomes to sleep, even when I'm exhausted!

    Whew! This is making me tired!
  • Not only is chronic pain so tiring but so is the depressed feelings we can all have.
    I was just tested for Lyme disease due to a rash on my arm that would not go away and started spreading. Now on top of all of my DDD spine problems I have to deal with Lyme. Thank Goodness it was caught in the earlier stage. Too many symptoms can be explained away by other things. In the end we have to take our health seriously and do what we need to do to be well.
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  • i was going to do this post myself today!! my pain is making me very tired .i have no energy at all,i just want to sit in my recliner .if i manage to do anything i am knackered ..even showering is a chore.so no your not alone ..and grate minds think a like!
  • Hi all,

    Straker I just love that term knackered! LOL. After a year of bad pain that kept me from doing things and left me exhausted all the time, I went on MS Contin. After getting used to that med, I have more energy due to less pain. I still have to pace myself and conserve energy, but things have improved.

    Best wishes to you all,

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Maybe I should make my husband and son read these posts. They get mad at me when I'm too tired to do whatever they want me to. I also started taking Chantix Friday and I think I feel even worse now. Anyone else?

  • when my pain levels are high, I get tapped out very quickly. I try not to let it get me down any more on the emotional side, but it does show as just exhaustion. That can be from sleepless nights, or for me, wakeing constantly, or instead of sleeping, I just sink into a level under conscious and I still am awake, just not verbally responsive. I hear everything and don't drop into sleep. I usually meditate now and send myself to sleep, but I still have nights that I don't. Pain is too high or meditating is really not helping, I am trying too hard.

    The worse is to wake, and realize that I never did sleep and then the exhaution hits me like a wall. I can have 2 or 3 days like this and then I finally sleep.

    I hope your feeling better.
  • It is always a balance between what you would like to do, usually in your head as opposed to what you can do and finding some acceptance, some days you may be able to do very little and that is Ok. The key is to do more when you can and using those infrequent opportunities however small to make some improvement and standing still is regressing over the longer term.

    Working through the pain is only feasible if it is possible and nobody would expect you to even try to continue through excruciating pain and see any benefit. You need to know when to push and when not to, stress can make us all tired and trying to relax is never easy and takes some practice.

    Start small and have some success find out for you what makes the pain worse and what makes it less if anything, many here are in constant pain as you and it is not easy working through it, the alternative is to sit back and take what comes.

    We may never be able to perform as we id or would like and I have had this pain for 20 years as debilitating as all the stories I read here, the responsibility is your and your alone, with the correct support and guidance you will achieve great things, we are all trying to help we have done that and know what it feels like and the frustration. When I am tired I rest, I rest before I get tired and when those opportunities for activity arise I try to pace myself back into it, it is not easy.

    It is just as easy to waste energy doing nothing and takes no more effort to be doing something you have worked hard in the past to survive and you can do this, only some have learned and become accustomed to be doing nothing for the most part we all try very very hard for little gain, it is hard but we must try.

    Take care, pain is never easy, we can all do more, never give up on yourself.

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