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Nov 17, 2014 12:17 AM

Hey there, just found the site a few days ago, and I am so grateful to have been directed here and I have a place to share without feeling like I am bringing down my friends. It's nice to have a community that understands this sort of thing.

So today was actually a pretty good day: I was at home, just doing some chores around the house but taking it pretty easy overall and only some low level pack pain, which is my normal. I had just finished making dinner when I got these horrible stabbing pains in my shoulder. This is not a new thing, but the suddenness of the pain took me by surprise and I actually had to stop what I was doing to lay down and hope it would past. Now i have this dull, warm, sort of tingling sensation going down the front of my arm: down my bicep, my inner elbow, down to my wrist. If I lift my arm the sensation gets stronger, like a warning. I feel like i cant use my arm! My partner asked me how i was feeling and i just started crying. How am I supposed to sell myself as a good employee, much less prove it, when this happens? I am so tired, and so embarrassed and ashamed. I am only 30 years old and I am so afraid that there is never going to be an answer for what I am feeling. All the doctors I have seen so far just keep telling me to "put ice on it" and rest, or do stretching exercises. I am just worn out.

Nov 17, 2014 4:43 AM

hi JB1984 I would suggest you look out for symptoms that of conditions we speak about here on these groups and see if you can't relate. then start to do your own research. I know with me I started like that and I even got to diagnose myself before I could get a doctor to confirm I have fibromylgia

Nov 17, 2014 7:10 AM

Hey ther JB! I so relate to your despair, I want to encourage you to do first for YOU as your the only one affected and others don't care or don't understand or both! I find great solace in God's Word as He is merciful and understands. He didn't do this but He can and does help those who BELIEVE. You will find friends on this site. If you need to chat, I'm at steelbayonet1@gmail.com. I'm Nathan and do care.

Nov 18, 2014 1:28 AM

I agree Benate and Nathan. Have you seen an orthopedic Dr?. Some of your symptoms sounds like mine...which was a tear. Nothing to be ashamed of and it can get very tiring. :-( I will keep you as I do everyone on here in my prayers. You will find awesome support here. Take care! Hope you feel better!

Nov 18, 2014 8:12 PM

Thank you everyone. I am just started looking for relief in the medical field: For a long time I have been able to keep it at bay with exercise, extra strength medicine and changing my diet. I also haven't had health care until this year, so I don't even know where to begin!

Thank you for thinking of a stranger.. it means so much that I can talk about my pain here and being taken seriously.

Nov 18, 2014 8:31 PM

All for one, and one for all! :-) keep us posted. I agree, I love this site because people care and are listening.

Nov 19, 2014 6:26 PM

Sounds like you need a good orthopedic work up. Do not settle for just x-rays, push for MRI. X-rays cannot show soft tissue damage and MRI's can. I was in the medical field for over 20 years until the pain stole my life. Everyone that is here understands what it is like to have your body fail you. Seems like I am in a constant war with my own body. Chronic pain will wear you down and break you if you let it. I find that a journal helps- at least i can track patterns. Your true friends will stand by you even if the cannot always understand what you are going through. It is also good to keep a separate journal for what you are grateful for. Try to be as active as possible even when you really do not want to. Crying is not always bad- think of it as your mouth not being able to explain the pain you feel. Crying at work sucks I have been there and done that. Wish you all the best.

Nov 19, 2014 8:34 PM

Thank you so much for your insights Kevmar and LMB. I am trying to get an appointment made to see my GP, and I will be taking all of my notes, and all of your suggestions with me!

I actually have a gym class and membership which I have been using somewhat: it's hard to wait for the bus some days in order to work out (the cold makes the pain completely intolerable), but I know when I do that at least my mood is improved. =)

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