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Chronic pain and exposure at an early age



  • I have had pain since I was 16 with my Early DDD and Buldging Disc and Something Else. I can't read what is on the PT Paper. Lol! I got hurt when I was 16 and that was what made my doctor catch my DDD because it irritated it. I was scared of course but you know what. Talking to a famous psychotherapist, Dr. Mary Jo Rapini from the "Big Medicine" Show, has made me feel a lot better. She puts it in words that I can understand. She makes me feel like I need to live for something greater in life which technically, I am living for god. Trust me if I didn't have the support of Dr. Mary Jo, My 2 Church Faimlies, My Faimly, and My Friends I am not sure where I would be at. It's great to have support of friends when your only a teenager even if they don't understand you. I am now 18 and we didn't know I had this Early DDD when I was young but the doctors said I did have it since I was a baby but just now discovered it 1 month before my 18th birthday. I hope this have given you insight. Try to cope. Support groups help. The chat on here helps! Don't give up!
    Love Y'all Forever,
    Jessica (Jess)
  • Glad to see you on the new board :)

    Any news on about going to see a specialist?

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  • Hi,
    I am a better person for having chronic pain, in my healthy persona I was a driven individual and the most important thing was myself, pain experience has been imposed on my capacity and even in if I never acknowledged limitations I have to live with the game face approach all the time.

    The transition from no pain to living with pain is a bigger transition than the knowledge that you will have to live your life like this. Dilauro mentioned his acceptance of his future in pain and this is very poignant in facing up to the fact that most hope has gone and your condition is your life. It is a big difference from accepting and embracing your limitations than accepting not of fight the “beast” as he calls it.

    My boy is disabled from birth and some express the view that he has never known the ability to be able bodied, although this is an understandable view, it does a disservice in that it is no more accepting at this age than any other. In the realms of perspective I had my youth and nothing must be more debilitating than having stated life and growing up in restrictive circumstances, it is not as if he had an alternative option, although you may have had no alternative that does not facilitate acceptance of disability and although you may have had to change, deep down you would wish things were different, seeing others doing things they you yourself cannot do.

    I represent 50 limbless children and disability at this young age is unfair, and my perspective is that I did not have to endure this imposition and equate my predicament with that rather than with my healthy persona of able associates, which could make me depressed over time. I have chosen to look at the things I can do with positive tenacity and dammed hard work and not at the things I cannot.

    My son’s growing up has been impacted by unimaginable trauma that even now I have difficulty in expressing other than with pride and awe at his determined acceptance and historic achievements, I am worthy of walking in his presence and understanding of how he actually gets through each day, I will never yield to the tears behind the game-face and support his enthusiasm with every gram of my vigour. He has been sent here to help me and more effective than my words can ascribe.

    My thoughts are with those trying to get through, whatever age.

    Be kind to yourself. John
  • I am glad there is a good person to represent those children!
    i am glad for your son to be able to have a dad like yourself!

    we are all lucky to have kids like your son who inspire determination, and give strength to others when down ..but never out!
    i think if dealing with issues from an early age, gives a better perspective than dealing with it in a later stage in life.

    keep up the great work!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • Ranchand.
    Those children thank you for you kind words and understanding, we are all proud of our children but the ability to manage oneself having endured circumstances not of your own making take a special person, although I will acknowledge my son has had hundreds of independent supporters, he is surviving and achieving beyond what one would surmise even for an able-bodied person through his own volition. This is about everyone and not just reflective of an individual but the concept and ability of us all to achieve with the right attitude and close support. He will not be defined by his disability or bow to its perceived limitations and lives stronger than seems humanly possible.

    As with Bigcat many continue looking forward and a positive role model in how to define your future, we are understanding of the gift of achievement and receptive of how difficult this can be, our praise should be focussed on those who started earlier than most and the fortitude needed to accept those circumstances with good grace, serenity and non disclosure.

    We can all learn something.

    Take care John

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  • you are one incredibly strong person.... :)
  • I hear you. I am 22 years old and I have been suffering from a debilitating herniated disk in my thoracic cavity (T7) and it's only been 2 years. When my fiance comes home and complains that his back hurts, I want to smack him. I envy you though, you are a strong person. I can't stand this pain any longer, I just don't know what to do.
  • sorry to hear of your pain, two years is two years no matter how you look at it pain wise.
    You have all the tools you need to perseveer,down deep inside! you and your special other will hold each other up and do what it takes to make it right, dont give up or give in to the frustration,anger and depression, younger bodies heal fast and better than older , seek all the relief you can and hang tough grrrl! when yas need to reach out ..do so ,its not worth holding in any anger or soul pain, it'll act like a poison and bring you down!come here and talk anytime you need coz there is someone who has walked in your shoes,or will and will follow where you go, its hard being young and in pain, but dont despair,there will be better days! welcom to the little village on the web!

    You said i am a strong person... i think ime not but what i am is flexable, i bend with the wind so to speak,m instead of always fighting myself/body/mind/ i just let it go,just let it flow over me and soon it isnt as bad. holding on to your pre injury self may not be the course you want to take right now,accept your new limitations, i know its harder than it sounds, but it will help take some of the frustration of daily life,at least it helped me.

    I hope you find some comfort in the words, hang in there mama!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • i've had spondylolysis since this past febuary and my doctor's scared. he's afraid that its slipping, becoming spondylothesis [sp?]. i had been and still do now experience severe back pain. we've been discussing surgery along with physical therapy and injections. i used to play volleyball. i used to be an elite dancer, expected to attend a prestigious arts school. but now thats not going to happen. all i feel like doing is crying. not from physical pain [i'm used to that. fractrured my ankle 4 different times and broke my collar bone], but from the emotional. and saddest of all: i'm not even out of jr. high.
  • Hi VB chic, welcome to Spine Health.

    Hey you don't have to kiss all that stuff goodbye yet. There's still an excellent chance this can all be halted and you can rehab it just like you did your ankle and off you go.

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