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Chronic pain, how do you cope ?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by andyh, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. andyh

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    Haven't been around much the last week or so, I suffer from chronic pain due to a screwed up back op and worn out neck. Friday was day surgery jobbie at hospital having injections in my neck to try to help stop constant head pain. Had general anaesthetic and been feeling groggy since I woke up yesterday and neck quite bruised where the doc put needles into my facet joints but have to say head pain has not been so bad today, here's hoping that continues. :up:
    Anyway, I've noticed others here have posted that they suffer long term pain, how many of you have to take serious doses of painkillers just to get through the day ?
    I have learnt to mange my pain to a degree and would like to know how others cope with their own problems ?
     
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    You have to take it one day at a time, you cant plan to far ahead, lm awaiting the same type of injections as you have just had, but in my lower back, l get p****d off when folk say you look ok to me:mad:, they don't know that every time have an injection in your spine, we are risking, being paralysed..would anyone take that risk if there was nothing wrong, unless you are in agonizing pain, now lm having problems with my hands, everything points to carpal tunnel, so where does the quack say l have to go, rheumatology:confused:......we are just guinea pigs:(.....grip over;)
     
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    Sorry to hear that Andy, does your hospital not do a pain management program ? I did a 10 week course that I found really helpful,
    I know what you mean about people saying you look ok, does my head in,:up:
    I hope they sort you promptly mate,
     
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    My father suffered with his back for many years and had 2 operations on it, both of them put him out of action for 6 months at a time. He spent weeks in traction to try and sort it. He took painkillers and carried on taking them till the pain stopped, thats the only way he could deal with it. Never complained to us although we all knew how he suffered. Trouble was once the painkillers kicked in he would carry on working when he should have been resting. He would have been 76 today
     
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    Yes mate did the pain management program, some years ago now, they say "we cannot do anything for you at this moment in time".....meaning, l have to be in a wheel chair, before they operate on my back, then if l am paralyzed, l have not lost any mobility, what l always say is there always someone worse off than you:(......l hate to see children in a bad way:down:
     
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    I know what you guys mean.
    Ive been bothered with arthritius in my hands,but cant complain cos its self inflicted due to my years in karate but,also get hellish pain in my right hip and leg due to sciatia.
    Had all sorts of painkillers off the doc,but no relief and 2 years ago when it got so bad I was being physically sick I went to a chiropractor 5 times a week @ £30 quid a visit for 7 weeks and no difference.
    A pal told me about a "horse whisperer" who did a bit of back manipulation as well on the side like!.
    I went to see him (bearing in mind this guy has no medical background) and I dragged my bad leg over his steps to see him.
    Seriously,after about 10 mins of him pushing and prodding my back he had shifted the trapped nerve in my spine(which the so called specialists on the NHS claimed they couldnt do!) and I left his room painfree!!!!!.
    THIS GUY IS A SELF TAUGHT HORSE DOCTOR!!! and he fixed me!.
    Ive got his number if anyone else needs him cos he does travel,boy is he **** hot at what he does!!!!!!. just a pity that hes 70 and has no apprentices!.
    My only alternative was surgery on my spine, I dont think so!!.
    It just shows that when you are desperate you will try anything, and sometimes it works!.

    Ian.;)
     
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    Both my Mom and Jenny have had fantastic relief from arthritis and sciatica by having accupuncture...I didn't believe it would work for either but it did. I'm having some now for joint pain and that's working too.
     
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    I'm in the same boat regards ops on my back, paralysis is a huge risk, i got to say my doc at the pain clinic at my hospital will try his best to help, one med that really helped is called gabapentin / neurontin, this is a nerve blocker and has really helped me, consider 3 years ago I could barely stand to make a cuppa I've made big leaps in what I can do. It 's still a long road to go to be "normal" but just trying to be normal keeps me going. I take morphine every day, along with gabapentin, diclofenac and diazepam and have considered smoking "herbal" when it's been really bad but managed to stay away from it. I've tried acupuncture, hypnotism, spiritual healing and osteopaths, you do try a lot out of desperation that I do know.
    I agree there's always someone worse off than yourself especially kids, but you got to deal with your own problems first.
     
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    I know how bad that gets when all you can do is puke, can't sit down or lay down just shuffling around the house til . knows what hour til you're in a state that you're so tired and pain slowly subsiding you just more or less pass out. I love your horse whipsperer, sometimes help is in the most unlikely places,
    Sorry if this is a bit tedious for you all but sometimes all I want is to talk with someone who understands what we go through, it's difficult enough without those who just say "just get on with it" without any knowledge of what people endure, I tire of those who think I've got an easy life not having to work, how wrong can they be, i it not enough that people have to endure such physical pain let alone the mental torture of not being able to work. That has caused me so much distress, all I wanted to do was be a painter and decorator, not much to ask but it's all I wanted, how anyone can think I have an easy life is beyond me.
    For all those of you who suffer I feel for you and can only hope you get the relief you deserve however you find it.
     
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    My father tried that for his back, sadly it didn't work, but he had two operations, one each side to remove discs I think and replace with like plastic type stuff, he used to get shooting pains down his leg. Believe it or not the docs used to give him pethedine or something they used to give women in childbirth. When he heard that neat codine was being taken off the market, he bought 2000 of them, they didn't last very long. In the end the doctors gave him something called diconal (which is similar to methadone) and addictive. He had to use them sparingly and always had hangover symptoms when they wore off. They did stop the pain though. He probably had 25 years of his life reliant on painkillers
     

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