Hello, I suffer from bone spurs in my neck, several mild-moderate t-spine herniations, several moderate l-spine herniations with a tear in one of the discs alone with tears in both shoulders. I have not been diagnosed yet considering all of the injuries are unexplained. I also have issues with insomnia. I am having an EEG in October to see if I have mild seizures while I'm sleeping instead of insomnia. It may help to understand why my issues are happening. My neurologist said that my spine is comparable to a 98 year old woman OR someone who has fractured their spine which I am neither. This has been a 10 year battle of pain and no sleep which also just wonderful. As of now (this may be questionable and I am not a doctor) I take 300mg gabapentin twice a day (9am and 9pm). When I take my 9pm dose, I will take an ambien with it. That's been my best way to go to try to sleep. It is in my way perfect. It's day by day. Last night I was up until after midnight and still woke up throughout the night. I feel sleepy now so maybe I'll wake up less tonight. It will be interesting to learn that instead of insomnia and RA, that I have night seizures.
When it comes to how you feel mentally, I do all I can to talk myself into a better outlook. We cannot talk ourselves out of the pain, but we can prepare ourselves ahead of what we may go through (saying it's being social) and how being out with your loved ones is so much better than laying in bed in pain. No matter what, the pain will be there. It's just a matter of how you make yourself feel :)