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  • aaron
    i showed my wife the post that i sent you and she had an interesting thing to say. if she responded all of the time to my pain i would perpetuate my pain. by ignoring it on her part, it is not perpetuated. she also has chronic pain with chrones disease and it is really bad at times. she comes in and says her temp is 101 but i say i am sorry and then go back to what i was doing. so her and i will complain but in a way that we do not perpetuate the pain. she has horrible pain and also works. she rarely takes time off because we need the money, the same with me. this has happened over the years and i guess we just get used to our respective pain. even my son will ignore both of us and does not want to get caught up in it. he is pretty good and helps us at times, puts on my shoes, helps mom with her chores. so it is a family thing at the time. and over the years the three of us have helped us out in a weird way, we kind of acknowledge others pain but then go back to what we were doing. i don't know if this explains things but it works in our household
    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.
  • i just to say to myself well here we go again and hopefully it works. i had to take an on line class right after my surgery last summer, autism in the classroom and paid $900 to take it. so as you see, i was too busy to even think about my pain except for the part i e-mailed you about, pain in my leg. doing this for 6 weeks really helped and took my mind off recovery. i had to wear a brace and that was the part that was worse for me not the pain. it was a plastic clamshell brace and very uncomfortable. then school started so i did not have time to think about it. after i did some classwork, i was too burnt out to think about pain
    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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  • The problem with your thyroid may be contributing to why you had difficulty concentrating. Other conditions on top of our chronic pain makes it more difficult to 'bounce' back if you know what I mean.
    As for having more difficulty making the adjustments after a secondary injury, I had a harder time after my second surgery, especially when things continued to spiral downhill.........it just felt like it wasn't getting any better, it was worsening by the hour, instead for many months......but kind of like Jon now, I acknowledge those days, but then get on with it, because I don't have another option. My family still relies on me to get done what I need to get done, and somehow I do.....some days it is easier to make those adjustments and deal with what is, and others, not so much, and some anger and resentment can creep in but I won't let myself feel badly for too long because it gets in my way..if you understand what I mean....
  • Test results are back. Looks like I have pretty severe ulnar neuropathy and will have surgery on August 5th. Doctor said he is "hoping" that will relieve some of the pain in my neck & shoulders. I will be saying prayers that this helps and wouldn't mind a few from others :)
    In the meantime....I have gotten a new ergonomic keyboard at work (one that hooks to the desk and comes out towards you that has the capablities to adjust up & down). Also...got off the vicoden and back on percocet. No more triptolene (sp) and take ambien at night to help with sleep.
    Thanks for all the helpful comments and suggestions! Blessings to all :)
  • let me add....

    I've already had three surgeries on the neck and if the ular surgery doesn't work, my doctor wants to send me to a University of Washington specialist to get a second opinion on the neck. (crossing my fingers that I won't have to).
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