I am new to the messages although been with Sparkpeople for a very long time. I really appreciate your list of "awesome things" at the start of your messages. I have recently (19 months ago) sustained a spinal cord injury from a fall downstairs at home. My neck, left arm and 2 fingers broken.). I was paralyzed with little to no use of either arm initially. By God's grace (truly!) I am walking and functioning pretty well but the key now is getting my core strength back. As with everyone here the back, neck, neuropathy (hand) pain is constant, but thank you Jesus...I am doing awesome from where I was. I have about 20 pounds to lose and strength to regain. I want to get back to being the "doer" again. May I encourage you and all others that we have the strength to draw on that is just not our own and "All things are possible" no matter what! I struggle to get exercises done as with everyone, but we can do this, accomplish our goals and feel pretty awesome about it...even though dead tired and on our way to getting stronger and losing the weight! God bless you!
My second round of epidural injections is holding thus far; it has been six months since the last one and I see the neurologist/radiologist tomorrow in follow-up. Surprisingly, the long back brace has helped me as much as anything but it is dang uncomfortable to wear. I get by some days by telling myself that what doesn't kill me, makes me stronger. Other days, I make myself get through it by reminding myself what my dearest love's last day at Khe Sanh must have been like: hot, dirty, hungry, thirsty, dead tired. And I make myself make it through.
My TENS unit is my "go-to" apparatus when the pain is unrelenting. It is really important to read the literature and position it correctly, otherwise it can make you worse. It may not work for some people. It happens to for me. My suggestion is to try whatever is available that is medically sound until you get the combination that works for you. One of my ways of coping is to not take pain meds until the pain is ratcheting up to about a 7 on the pain scale. That is the point when the pain can get away from me and nothing will bring it under control. It's different for each person, so find your threshold for taking meds. By not taking them around the clock every day. they work more effectively when I do take them. My doctors agree. However, that said, this isn't a good idea for everyone. I have been living with pain for 25 years and have a tolerance for it to a certain level. Talk with your doctor about what will work best for you, as I did. The other thing I do is try to keep my muscles from tensing up through either application of heat (Biofreeze) or cold (cold packs). I also use relaxation exercises and visualization to continually scan my body for tension and release it. Tense muscles increase the pain for many of us. Hope today is a better day!
Jock, my pain mgmt Dr recommended the Tens unit. I would not do it. The pain was so bad that I could not bear to touch myself. I could not even have a sheet on me. What turned the corner was acceptance. This was my reality, it was either death or this pain. I stopped all drugs. Withdrawal gives you a new battleground. I then still had other things I could work on, like repairing my stomach after all the drugs I'd taken. Working on my hand coordination from strokes after surgery. Working on memory after strokes suffered during long recovery period. Death was not going to come to me so I had to continue and fight what battles I could.
It is now 15 months since my spinal surgery. I notice improvements daily. I am so thankful that I have control over my urine and bowels. I'm so glad I can walk at all. I am so happy that I can take care of myself.
Sometimes I yell out in the shower, sometimes my eyes well up, and sometimes I laugh out loud because I'm winning.
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Today's lumbar pain was unrelenting . I couldn't think of anything to kill that pain, pain killers work only for approximately three to four hours.Ice works to kill the nerve pain but not for too long. I thought about the TENS unit and put it on both sides of the lumbar,and son of a gun, it worked great. I'll be using it for my upper back before I go to bed,that area has T-1-T2, & T-8-T-9,T9-T10,T-10- T 11, They ache like crazy when I lay down on my back. I have three herniated disc's in my neck, but I treat it with ice to kill the nerve pain. John/NY
Hey Toni, my heart goes out to you. I am on disability but only because I can't do my job -- I am not totally disabled. I hope your pain has a solution. I know how miserable it is to be in pain all the time. Sandy
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I have been disabled for 3 years now. This is the hand that I have been delt so I have to learn to deal with it. It has gotten better but It still causes much discomfort. I have a lot more good days now than bad ones. Bless you all for dealing with your pain. HUGS
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