Sadly Any, for most of us the answer is yes. The key is to find a tolerable pain level that you can still predominantly function with. My daily average functioning level is a 3-5. From 5-8 I'm only capable of absolute necessities. Any flares that put me over 8 and I'm pretty much bedridden.
I've had chronic spine and OA for 30+ years. Over the past 7 years fibromyalgia, sjogrens, hypothyroidism, pelvic floor congestion & dysfunction jumped on board, and its like nothing is ever had before. Tramadol, Tylenol Arthritis, muscle relaxers, migraine meds, antidepressants and anxiety meds are a must. Plaquenil for the sjogrens has given the added benefit of fibromyalgia relief too. Placing my activities with rest periods in between address necessary also. If I don't rest of I overdo it, my next day or so is awful. I oppose you can find ways of finding the best relief for you. Even as upbeat as I try to stay, there are days I just get frustrated and wondered why doctors can't find a way to give better relief without making us loopy. 🙏🌼
Flappy described it very well in terms of what I can do at what pain level I'm at.
For me now it's not about finding a cure. It's about learning to live with the pain and adjust accordingly without sacrificing too much. For the past week I've been very happy with my pain level even with the increased amount of work on my plate.
I do hope you can find your way soon. Early years the pain put me through a very depressing stage of my life and even did self harm. It's only been recent where I feel I'm happy again and doing things that are within my comfort zone. I hope you can learn that fast. We all need to learn it the hard way though. There's no easy way out as living without pain, you wouldn't know what it feels like when you have your "good days".
Chrisfly79, another member, AlwayZ and I share a lot of commonalities. We joke about being separated twins. Maybe you're a missing triplet? 😉 It's sad really that chronic pain is how we've all met. I hope you & everyone else have a blessed day with less pain. 🙏🌼
Hey, cool Flappsy!! A new family member!! LOL!!! It's a shame we have to be bonded with pain but I'm blessed to know you and call you my friend. Welcome aboard Chrisfly79... Bet you never thought you'd find out you were a triplet!! (Shall we try for quads?) LOL!!😜