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knocked down again by pain

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tired of living with pain. I blogged about barriers before, but this is my biggest one. I don't want to move when I hurt. I don't care what I eat when I hurt. My depression is deep when I hurt.

I can get out of bed and go to work. In fact, getting out of bed helps, movement helps. But I still hurt enough that once I'm up, I don't want to move.

I had an eval with a physical therapist yesterday, and she found a number of issue that we can work on. I liked her a lot, felt that she listened to me and that we will make progress. I'm debating going back on a prescription anti-inflammatory for a few weeks as I start PT. The downside is it helps only a little, and I can't take any other pain killers for pain flare ups while I'm on it. I won't go on an opiod because I previously liked it too much and was afraid of getting addicted. I was on an opiod antagonist, which is supposed to be less addictive, and coming off it was difficult, lots of withdrawal symptoms. So I don't want to go back on that either.

So my commitment right now is to follow the advice of my PT and try to manage my pain with non-addictive pain killers.
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    I could echo so many of the things you say here. I am hoping that your new treatments work well for you. Sometimes it takes way too long to come up with something that does the trick, I know from experience.
    1066 days ago
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    I sure hope the therapist can help you. I am not a chronic pain sufferer and cannot imagine what that is like. I think ITHILDRIEL has some good advice here. I know she works hard on her routine with stretching and core strength. Do what you can, take the NSAIDs if they help and hang in there!
    1066 days ago
    I'm a chronic pain sufferer and feel your pain. In addition to my multiple pain conditions, I have an autoimmune disorder that prevents me from taking NSAIDS, so my pain relieving medication options are few. The thing that probably helps me most is my daily stretching routine. Since you are currently working with a physical therapist, you are probably learning some stretches specific for your current pain issues. For more info on my stretching routine, check out my 3/27/16 blog, daily stretching.

    The majority of my pain is muscular, and my pain management Doctor put me on Baclofen. Baclofen is a mild muscle relaxer used mostly for patients with MS. It is not addictive, and doesn't make me drowsy like flexeril. It is also not addictive. I take a Baclofen each morning with my morning meds, and maybe another on days where muscular pain is extreme. If you have muscular pain, you may want to find out from your doctor if Baclofen is an option for you.

    I've dealt with pain issues since my first back injury 30 years ago, and chronic pain for the last 20. I also have some chronic health issues that I live with. The women on my mother's side of the family live well into their 90's, (at 51 years old I still have my grandmother around). On extremely bad days I've been known to say, the good news is, none of them will kill me. The bad news is none of them will kill me.

    The bottom line is, it doesn't matter if I'm tired of being in pain, I will be in some degree of pain every day for another 40 to 50 years. Staying in bed and eating a big chocolate brownie will definitely make me feel better in that moment, but it's not going to improve my quality of life for the long haul. If I'm in so much pain that I don't want to move, I surely don't want to be in the kitchen preparing a healthy meal. Fast, cheap and easy the fast food diet I was on made things easier in the moment, but gave me even more symptoms to deal with.

    By having a variety of healthy, pre-portioned options here at home to grab when cooking isn't appealing (or even possible) has been key to staying on track on those days that I don't care what I eat.

    I hope your pain condition is not chronic, but the fact that you are here posting about your challenges shows that you are mindful of the situation. Do what you can now to make lifestyle changes that are sustainable. As hard as it is now, it will be even harder in 20 years.


    1066 days ago
    I have been dealing with pain for three years and I know what you are going through and was put in all kinds of meds to I could not take no more I go to pain magament now and take one pain medication and can do more the doctor had tryed me on so many
    1067 days ago
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